Patent Number: 7,047,554

Title: System and method for integrating and controlling audio/video devices

Abstract: A processor integrating and controlling at least two A/V devices by constructing a control model, referred to as a filter graph, of the at least two A/V devices as a function of a physical connection topology of the at least two A/V devices and a desired content to be rendered by one of the at least two A/V devices. The filter graph may be constructed as a function of at least two device filters corresponding to the at least two A/V devices, in which the device filters include certain characteristics of the at least two A/V device. These characteristics may include the input or output pins for each device, the media type that the A/V device may process, the type of functions that the device may serve, etc. The desired content may be received as a user input which is entered via a keyboard, mouse or other comparable input devices. In addition, the user input may be entered as a voice command, which may be parsed by the processor using conventional speech recognition algorithms or natural language processing to extract the necessary information. Once the filter graph is constructed, the processor may control the at least two A/V devices via the filter graph by invoking predetermined operations on the filter graph resulting in the appropriate commands being sent to the at least two A/V devices, thereby results in the rendering of the desired content.

Inventors: Lortz; Victor B. (Portland, OR)

Assignee: Intel Corporation

International Classification: H04N 7/173 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/16/02018