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Robert A Lambourne, Nicholas A J Millington: Method and apparatus for controlling multimedia players in a multi-zone system. Sonos, Joe Zheng, August 4, 2009: US07571014 (512 worldwide citation)

Techniques for controlling zone group and zone group characteristics such as audio volume in a multi-zone system are disclosed. The multi-zone system includes a number of multimedia players, each preferably located in a zone. A controller may control the operations of all of the zone players remotel ...


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Robert A Lambourne: Controlling and manipulating groupings in a multi-zone media system. Sonos, Hanley Flight and Zimmerman, July 9, 2013: US08483853 (262 worldwide citation)

In general, techniques of controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a mechanism is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When ...


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Ronaldus H T Oosterhout, Robert A Lambourne, Astrid Dobbelaar, Warner R T Ten Kate: Navigating through television programs. Konklijke Philips Electronics, June 11, 2002: US06405371 (186 worldwide citation)

A method of navigating through television programs is disclosed. A television receiver displays a mosaic image with sub-images representing the available programs. The receiver further receives an electronic program guide with program descriptions. Upon activating a “theme” button (


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Robert A Lambourne: User interfaces for controlling and manipulating groupings in a multi-zone media system. Sonos, Hanley Flight & Zimmerman, October 16, 2012: US08290603 (131 worldwide citation)

In general, user interfaces for controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a user interface is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a ...


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Robert A Lambourne, Nicholas A J Millington: Method and apparatus for adjusting volume levels in a multi-zone system. Sonos, TechLaw, Robert J Irvine III, November 19, 2013: US08588949 (100 worldwide citation)

A multimedia controller including a processor, the controller configured to: provide a user interface for a player group, wherein the player group includes a plurality of players in a local area network, and wherein each player is configured to playback a multimedia output from a multimedia source; ...


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Robert A Lambourne: Method and apparatus for editing a playlist. Sonos, Joe Zheng, September 28, 2010: US07805682 (63 worldwide citation)

Techniques for editing a list of items are disclosed and may be used advantageously in portable devices without the drag-and-drop utility. According to one aspect of the present invention, a highlighting bar is provided to facilitate the selection of the item(s), the selected item(s) are then moved ...


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Robert A Lambourne, Mieko Kusano, Andreas H E Lamers: Method and device for configuring a multimedia message for presentation. U S Philips Corporation, Anne E Barschall, November 30, 1999: US05995093 (35 worldwide citation)

A method and device for configuring a multimedia message for presentation. A multimedia message is formatted for presentation. First a formatted choice menu is presented for various multimedia categories in parallel. Upon one or more user selections in series, to each selection a monomedium item spa ...


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Robert A Lambourne, Mieko Kusano, Andreas H E Lamers: Method and device for configuring a multimedia message for presentation. U S Philips, Gregory L Thorne, February 20, 2001: US06191783 (19 worldwide citation)

A multimedia message is formatted for presentation. First a formatted choice menu is presented for various multimedia categories in parallel. Upon one or more user selections in series, to each selection a monomedium item space is offered for enabling to enter an item for to the associated monomediu ...


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Robert A Lambourne: Method and apparatus for updating zone configurations in a multi-zone system. Sonos, Hanley Flight and Zimmerman, September 23, 2014: US08843228 (18 worldwide citation)

In general, techniques of controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a mechanism is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When ...


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Christopher Kallai, Michael Darrell Andrew Ericson, Robert A Lambourne, Robert Reimann, Mark Triplett: Multi-channel pairing in a media system. Sonos, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, December 22, 2015: US09219959 (12 worldwide citation)

Technology for grouping, consolidating, and pairing individual playback devices with network capability (players) to stimulate a multi-channel listening environment is disclosed. Particularly, the embodiments described herein enable two or more playback devices to be paired, such that multi-channel ...