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Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch

From: Two 8 Fluid Ounce Bottles of Arrowhead Water
Subject: Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 06:35:34 GMT
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theodp wrote:

> Bill Gates is the assignee of a patent issued Tuesday for a 'Method
> and system for generating a user interface for distributed devices'
> [1], which can be used to control lighting systems, heating systems,
> elevators, and various electronic systems (e.g., monitors, cameras,
> and CD players) in a large environment, such as a large building, a
> factory, or a large house.
> [1],734,879

Even better is one of the patent references:

Which states in the Abstract:

An information processing system has an electronic device and a controller
for control of a functionality of the device. An abstract representation of
the functionality is provided to the controller. The abstract
representation exposes a modality of controlling the functionality. The
controller enables controlling the functionality through interaction with
the abstract representation. The modality controls associating the control
of the functionality with a modally compatible controlling capability of
the controller. The modality exposed can be, for example, "Boolean",
"float", "integer array". 

W '04 ! 

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