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The present invention relates to a tethered digital butler consumer electronics product and method. The tethered digital butler, of a price and form factor suitable for consumer electronics markets of developed and developing countries, includes a communications and multi-media console and a wireless remote. The remote may resemble a handheld personal computer (HPC), a palm-held personal computer (PPC or PDA) or a smart phone, but has a low cost and feature set supported by the console that is novel in the consumer electronics market. In particular, this disclosure relates to combining telephone service, device control and, optionally, a fingerprint reader for easy user identification/authorization and personalization. As another option, a camera can be incorporated into the remote, thereby enabling video conferencing and other visual features. Alternatively, the remote may be packaged separately from a console and sold to interact with capabilities of a communications and console, set-top box, multi-media PC or other consumer electronics device from a different source, such as one running on a Windows, OS X or Linux platform, with or without telephone capabilities. The remote may include a media reader and remote USB port.

Title
Tethered digital butler consumer electronic remote control device and method
Application Number
13/47445
Publication Number
8494132 (B2)
Application Date
March 14, 2011
Publication Date
July 23, 2013
Inventor
Robert Stepanian
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Ernest J Beffel
Haynes Beffel & Wolfled
Assignee
NexStep
CA, US
IPC
H04M 11/00
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