Patent Number: 8,793,415

Title: Device control apparatus, device control method and program for initiating control of an operation of an external device

Abstract: There is provided a device control apparatus, a device control method and a program capable of easily initiating control of an operation of an external device through an application according to a status of the external device and a usage status of the application. An application for controlling an operation of an AV amplifier is acquired from an application server, a status of the AV amplifier and a usage status of the application are determined upon startup of the application, a screen according to the result of the determination is displayed in order to arrange an operation environment of the application and then a manipulation screen for controlling the operation of the AV amplifier through the application is displayed, and the operation of the AV amplifier is controlled according to a user manipulation performed through the manipulation screen.

Inventors: Higuchi; Satoshi (Kanagawa, JP), Tashiro; Koichi (Tokyo, JP), Onogi; Ken (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: G06F 13/12 (20060101); G06F 9/44 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018