U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have published an Apple patent that reveals that tech giant wants to turn an iOS device into an intelligent universal remote control for smart homes.
Apple had filed a patent in September 2008 which was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Tuesday. This patent describes a multimedia system in which a portable device like iPhone can save, manage and restore scenes. Smart home system settings are called scenes.
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AppleInsider reports that the number of this patent is 8,519,820. Patent is filed for "Systems and methods for saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system" five years ago. Alan Cannistraro is the developer who filed this patent. He is same guy 'who coded the first iTunes Remote iOS app.'
Remote apps are very popular these days. Remote app is actually very powerful and has become need of the time. Remote app is now controlling Apple TV, iTunes library and more. But Cannistraro wants to take it at different level indeed.
Current universal remote controls just allow scene selection settings and not give some intelligent setting ideas for TV, music or lighting settings. However, this new patent app will make it possible for a user to intelligently control setting via an iOS device.