06906696 is referenced by 30 patents and cites 75 patents.

Methods are described whereby multiple users can swap a controller of consumer devices between themselves frequently, whilst each retains the ability to reinstate their own customized controller interface through a quick and simple yet secure log-on procedure. Stored data accessible to the controller is used to automatically upon log-on return a user to a system state associated with that user, which is typically the system state of the controller that existed the last time the user logged on thereto. The log-on procedure may include fingerprint and/or voice recognition. Additionally, time-out algorithms wherein the controller automatically shuts down and/or logs-off the current user as a security measure to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access thereto, may take into account factors other than merely the amount of time that has passed during which there has been no activity.

Title
Method of controlling multi-user access to the functionality of consumer devices
Application Number
9/874450
Publication Number
6906696 (B2)
Application Date
June 5, 2001
Publication Date
June 14, 2005
Inventor
David E Allport
Palo Alto
CA, US
Agent
Micah P Goldsmith
Steven A Wong
Kelli Masaki
Assignee
Research Investment Network
CA, US
IPC
G09G 005/00
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