Patent Number: 8,578,439

Title: Method and apparatus for presentation of intelligent, adaptive alarms, icons and other information

Abstract: System actions such as presentation of information to a user via a remote control device are carried out in accordance with user preferences based on, e.g., observed user behavior over time. The preferences may be learned by observation of user actions and corresponding system state information, and the preferences may be verified by the user. Particular actions may then be repeated under the control of the system, when appropriate conditions are met. Repetition may be automatic, semi-automatic or user initiated. In an illustrative embodiment, information is presented to a user via a remote control device based at least in part on the determined preference. The information presented to the user via the remote control device may include, e.g., an alarm signal associated with a particular parameter specified by the user, a visible icon presented to the user on a display of the remote control device, or other types of information presented via other types of interfaces, such as audio, speech or tactile interfaces.

Inventors: Mathias; Keith E. (Ossining, NY), Trovato; Karen I. (Putnam Valley, NY), Schaffer; J. David (Wappingers Falls, NY)

Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.

International Classification: H04N 5/445 (20110101); H04N 7/16 (20110101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017