Patent Number: 6,480,753

Title: Communications, particularly in the domestic environment

Abstract: A domestic appliance (1) such as a microwave oven is adapted for interaction with a communications network (75) such as the Internet by the addition of a substantially self-contained discrete communications module (12) connectable to the communications network (75), the communications module (12) including display means (20) and command entry means that optionally interact with the appliance (1). The appliance (1) is provided with mounting hardware (6) and an adaptor (7) including means for attachment to the mounting hardware (6) and means (10, 13-16) for mounting the communications module (12) to the appliance (1) via the adaptor (7). The communications module (12) is adapted for connection to broadband cable or xDSL networks. Thus equipped, the appliance (1) becomes an element of a communications system (1, 72, 73) providing multiple functionality including television and Internet browsing functions within the home. Other elements of the communications system are a broadband online connection (72) and a broadband portal (73).

Inventors: Calder; Andrew (Dundee, GB), Forrest; Simon (Dundee, GB), Monaghan; Andrew (Dundee, GB)

Assignee: NCR Corporation

International Classification: G06Q 30/00 (20060101); G06Q 10/00 (20060101); G10L 15/26 (20060101); G10L 15/00 (20060101); H05B 6/68 (20060101); F25D 29/00 (20060101); G05B 015/00 (); H05B 006/64 ()

Expiration Date: 11/12/2019