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Apple’s New Patent Turns Your iPhone into a TV Remote

This morning PatentlyApple discovered a new “Configurable Remote Control” patent from Apple. This essentially would allow one to use their iPhone to take a picture of an existing remote, then the iPhone would automatically configure it into a full touchscreen remote app.

“The method may begin by obtaining an input that may be used to identify the electronic device that is to be controlled, such as by using image processing techniques to compare the captured image against a database of know devices. For example, the control device may capture an image of the electronic device with its built-in camera. The control device may then identify the device that is to be controlled. For example, the control device may determine the make and/or model and/or the type of the device to be controlled.”

That would be awesome…

In a 2010 interview, Steve Jobs went off on the remote control situation in the World today. There is a remote for everything. The TV needs a remote. The VCR needs a remote (if those are still around). The DVD player needs a remote, etc… Universal remotes are way too complex and annoying at times. It only makes sense that Apple would take the usual route and make our lives simpler.

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time Apple has filed a universal remote patent. According to 9to5mac, Apple filed for one back in 2011.

A patent application published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office earlier today reveals Apple is flirting with the idea of a universal touchscreen controller capable of controlling multiple devices including a “television, a video tape player, a video disk player, a stereo, a home control system, or a computer system.” The patent application is titled “Apparatus and Method to Facilitate Universal Remote Control” and was filed Sept. 30, 2011.

It’s also important to note that according to rumors, Apple has been working on a HDTV set. So maybe all these patents will fall in line with future rumors regarding the mystical “iTV”. So there ya go… Looks like Apple is planning on letting us use our iPhone / iPad or other iOS device to fix our living room situation.

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