Patent Number: 7,712,094

Title: Method and apparatus for replicating a panoplex onto a storage medium from a master

Abstract: An apparatus and method for obtaining a storage medium with a deeply customizable set of installed content. Soft assets (e.g., programs, songs, videos, etc.) that form the content are selected from among a much larger set of preinstalled soft assets previously stored on storage media, such as disk drives. In some embodiments, based on a user's selections, the non-selected assets are permanently erased from a storage medium, while the remaining assets are available as installed (wherein substantially no further processing is required to install them). In some embodiments, a new device uses the storage medium to provide its user with a fully functional device without the need to separately install the soft assets from a plurality of sources (e.g., from program-distribution CDROMS and the like). Some embodiments include the storage medium having the soft assets installed, and including a program that elicits selections from a user and erases non-selected assets.

Inventors: Shapiro; Alan Joshua (Chappaqua, NY)


International Classification: G06F 9/445 (20060101); G06F 21/00 (20060101); G06F 9/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018