Patent Number: 6,396,523

Title: Home entertainment device remote control

Abstract: A remote control for controlling a home entertainment device having adisplay screen provided with a movable object includes a touch pad. Thetouch pad is operable with the display screen such that the display screenis mapped to the touch pad area. The touch pad generates a signal inresponse to an operator touching the touch pad. The signal is indicativeof the location of the touch on the touch pad. A controller is operablewith the touch pad for receiving a signal from the touch pad in responseto an operator touching the touch pad. In response to an operator touchingthe touch pad the controller moves the movable object on the displayscreen to the location on the display screen corresponding to the locationof the touch on the touch pad. The touch pad also generates a gesturesignal in response to a gesture performed on the touch pad. The gesturesignal is indicative of the gesture performed on the touch pad. Eachgesture performed on the touch pad corresponds to a control function. Thecontroller is operable with the touch pad for receiving a gesture signalfrom the touch pad in response to an operator performing a gesture on thetouch pad. In response to an operator performing a gesture on the touchpad the controller controls the home entertainment device to enable thecontrol function corresponding to the gesture performed on the touch pad.

Inventors: Segal; Jack A. (Oxnard, CA), Yates; William Allen (Camarillo, CA), Branton; Steven B. (Ventura, CA), Mossontte; Jeff (Oxnard, CA)

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International Classification: G06F 1/16 (20060101); G06F 3/033 (20060101); H01H 9/02 (20060101); H03J 1/00 (20060101); H03J 9/00 (20060101); H03J 9/06 (20060101); H04N 5/445 (20060101); H04B 1/20 (20060101); G09G 005/00 (); H04N 005/44 ()

Expiration Date: 05/28/2014