07307574 is referenced by 25 patents and cites 346 patents.

A system provides an audible signal to the user of the system before a control or function is activated by the user. In one embodiment, a remote control can be used with an apparatus, such as a set-top box. When the user places an object near a control of the remote control, a control or function associated with the control may be announced to the user before activating the control. The system can include an apparatus configured to be operated at least in part from a remote control that includes a plurality of controls including a first control. The apparatus includes a control module configured to receive an identification signal from the remote control, wherein the identification signal corresponds to the control, determine a state of the apparatus, determine a function to which the control corresponds, and send another identification signal to an audio system.

Title
Remote control, apparatus, system and methods of using the same
Application Number
11/49629
Publication Number
7307574 (B2)
Application Date
February 2, 2005
Publication Date
December 11, 2007
Inventor
Jeffrey Lewis Brandt
Cedar Park
TX, US
Marc Andrew Sullivan
Austin
TX, US
Philip Ted Kortum
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Toler Schaffer
Assignee
SBC Knowledge Ventures
NV, US
IPC
H04L 17/02
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