US 20070042806A1 (19) United States (12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2007/0042806 A1 Stepanian (54) (43) Pub. Date: TETHERED DIGITAL BUTLER CONSUMER (52) Feb. 22, 2007 US. Cl. ............................................................ .. 455/557 ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD (76) Inventor: Robert Stepanian, San Francisco, CA (57) ABSTRACT (Us) C d Add The present invention relates to a tethered digital butler Onespon ence fess: HAYNES BEFFEL & WOLFELD LLP P 0 BOX 366 consumer electronics product and method. The tethered di ital butler, of a rice and form factor suitable for con g p HALF MOON BAY’ CA 94019 (Us) countries, includes a communications and multi-media con sumer electronics markets of developed and developing _ sole and a Wireless remote. The remote may resemble a (21) Appl' NO" 11/350’980 (22) Feb 8, 2006 Filed: handheld personal computer (HPC), a palm-held personal computer (PPC or PDA) or a smart phone, but'has a lovv cost and feature set supported by the console that is novel 1n the Related US Application Data (60) Provisional application No. 60/709,666, ?led on Aug. 19, 2005 Publication Classi?cation (51) Int. Cl. H04B 1/38 H04M 1/00 (2006.01) (2006.01) consumer electronics market. In particular,‘ this disclosure relates to combmmg telephone serv1ce, device control and, Optionally, a ?ngerprint reader for easy user identi?cation/ authorization and personalization. As another option, a cam era can be incorporated into the remote, thereby enabling video conferencing and other visual features. The remote may be packaged separately from a console and sold to interact With capabilities of a communications and multi media console from a different source, such as one running on a Windows, OS X or Linux platform. 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The remote may resemble a  This application claims the bene?t of and priority to US. Provisional Application No. 60/709,666 ?led Aug. 19, 2005 by inventor Robert Stepanian, entitled, “TETH handheld personal computer (HPC), a palm-held personal ERED DIGITAL BUTLER CONSUMER ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD”. This application is related to consumer electronics market. In particular, this disclosure US. Design Pat. Application Nos. 29/236,023, 29/236,022 and 29/236,022, ?led on Aug. 10, 2005 by inventors Phoebe Ng, Robert Stepanian and Allison S. Conner, entitled, “NAVIGATION BUTTON ARRAY FOR REMOTE CON TROL HOUSING”, “REMOTE CONTROL HOUSING” and “CONSOLE HOUSING”. The provisional and related design applications are incorporated by reference. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION  The present invention relates to a tethered digital butler consumer electronics product and method. The teth ered digital butler, of a price and form factor suitable for consumer electronics markets of developed and developing 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 relates to combining telephone service, device control and, optionally, a ?ngerprint reader for easy user identi?cation/ authorization and personalization. As another option, a cam era can be incorporated into the remote, thereby enabling video conferencing and other visual features. The remote may be packaged separately from a console and sold to interact With capabilities of a communications and multi media console from a different source, such as one running on a WindoWs, OS X or Linux platform. Particular aspects of the present invention are described in the claims, speci ?cation and draWings. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS  FIG. 1 is a block diagram of the digital butler countries, includes a communications and multi-media con sole and a Wireless remote. The remote may resemble a remote. handheld personal computer (HPC), a palm-held personal  computer (PPC or PDA) or a smart phone, but has a loW cost 2. and feature set supported by the console that is novel in the  The LPC 2132 memory maps are shoWn in FIG. 3. relates to combining telephone service, device control and,  FIG. optionally, a ?ngerprint reader for easy user identi?cation/ LPC89LPC931 controller. authorization and personalization. The remote may be pack aged separately from a console and sold to interact With capabilities of a communications and multi-media console peripheral interfaces. from a different source, such as one running on a WindoWs, consumer electronics market. In particular, this disclosure  Details of the main processor are depicted in FIG. 4 shoWs the 8051 based Philips FIG. 5 shoWs the ZV4301 to other CPU and  FIG. 6 is a block diagram of the console. OS X or Linux platform.  FIG. 7 is an alternative block diagram of the digital  Convergence of digital devices is not unbounded, because it is guided by market realities. Many concepts are butler remote, With a CMOS camera module. ?oated as trial balloons that burst, never to see an enabling development effort or a reduction to practice. Some conver gence trends are strong and noteWorthy. Cellular smart phones or business phones such as Treo or Blackberry products are becoming poWerful and supplanting separate PDAs. These smartphones go With the user across a cellular netWork and even overseas. They are untethered, packing many features into a small form factor, not requiring a console. Another trend is to repackage a PC as media center, complete With a Wireless keyboard. Recent announcements suggest interfacing a Microsoft media center With a Blue tooth-equipped cellular telephone to use the sound repro duction of a TV as a sort of speaker phone, relying on the cellular telephone for netWork connectivity. In both instances, the telephone features are untethered from and do not depend on availability of a console.  For developing countries and cost-conscious buy ers, the Treo and media center approaches are over-built and too expensive. An opportunity arises to provide a loW-cost integrated consumer electronics system that includes a novel feature set and a cost-effective allocation of technical tasks betWeen a remote and a console. DETAILED DESCRIPTION  The folloWing detailed description is made With reference to the ?gures. Preferred embodiments are described to illustrate the present invention, not to limit its scope, Which is de?ned by the claims. Those of ordinary skill in the art Will recognize a variety of equivalent varia tions on the description that folloWs.  A tethered digital butler produces a loW cost, palm-held remote With a novel combination of features that are implemented by logic and resources of the console, connected Wirelessly to the palm-held remote. Tethering the palm-held device, so that it depends on logic and resources of the console, runs against the trends and teachings of the consumer electronics industry and particularly against the trend toWard more poWerful smartphones.  Various novel combinations of features are empha sized in this application. One Will recognize that the features discussed can be combined in many Ways, While remaining faithful to the tethered digital butler concept. In a ?rst embodiment of the tethered digital butler, the palm-held SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION remote alloWs a user to select among and use logic and resources of a bread-box or smaller sized console to authen ticate users from a ?ngerprint reader on the remote, to  The present invention relates to a tethered digital butler consumer electronics product and method. The teth riences, to connect the user to a telephone netWork consis personalize the user’s telephone and internet broWsing expe Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 tent With the user’s authentication, and to control multi  media features, such as channel control, volume control, may be a key for DRM. Either memory on the remote, a memory module or an identi?cation reader combined With the remote may serve as the DRM key. The identi?cation DVD/CD playback control, and digitally stored music access and playback. In this embodiment, the palm-held remote integrates at least a ?ngerprint reader, a speaker, In another aspect of these embodiments, the remote reader can read a smart card or similar module With memory microphone and volume control adapted for use as a tele or can read a ?ngerprint in order to unlock the DRM rights. phone, a display at least capable of shoWing a telephone When a user visits a neighbor’s console, they may take along their hand-held remote and the associated digital rights for number, a cursor control and trigger adapted to select and control resources of the console, a compact keypad includ ing numeric keys usable for telephone dialing, the compact keypad further including alphabetic keys usable for Web broWsing. The bread-box or smaller siZed console integrates at least a DVD/CD player, a netWork port and logic and use on the neighbor’s console.  The console may be equipped With a remote locator control button that causes the remote to emit a tone Which makes it easier to locate. resources adapted to authenticate users of the palm-held  remote and personaliZe their telephone netWork connection and their Internet broWsing based on ?ngerprints received from the palm-held remote, connect telephone features of the palm-held remote to the telephone netWork, respond to Internet broWsing commands from the palm-held remote and easily recogniZed. display Web pages on a monitor or television, control channels accessed by a video receiver, drive speakers and provide volume control, provide playback control for the DVD/CD player, and access and playback digitally stored music.  In a second embodiment of the tethered digital butler, the palm-held remote has feWer components; the console supports feWer features; thus, the combination Will be less expensive and more attractive in many markets. Remote components then include a speaker, microphone and The form factor of a palm-held remote should be  The form factor of a bread-box or smaller siZed console can be judged by volume. A smallish consumer electronics component uses an enclosure (from Which con nectors and feet protrude) that is 12 by 15 by 3 inches and has a volume of 540 cubic inches. This is an approximately bread-box siZed enclosure, although the shape differs from a loaf of bread.  The ?fth embodiment, adapted to compliment media center products, is a palm-held remote and a glue logic application that enables the media center to utiliZe the special purpose controls of the remote. The remote may be adapted to invoke a glue logic application supplied for or native to a communications and/or multi-media console, such as one running under WindoWs, OS X or Linux. volume control adapted for use as a telephone, a display at least capable of shoWing a telephone number, a cursor control and trigger adapted to select and control resources of the console, and a compact keypad including numeric keys usable for telephone dialing. The ?ngerprint reader is not included, nor is the alphabetic keypad. The logic and  In any of these embodiments, a camera module can be incorporated into the remote, thereby enabling video conferencing and other visual features. The camera is complemented by a glue logic application supplied for or resources of the console are reduced accordingly. Logic and native to a communications and/or multi-media console, such as one running under WindoWs, OS X or Linux. resources of the console need not authenticate and person Remote HardWare aliZe based on ?ngerprints or access and playback digitally stored music. Internet broWsing may be limited or may be  Introduction supported by an on-screen keyboard.  In a third embodiment of the tethered digital butler, the DVD/CD player is omitted from the console. The features of the palm-held remote do not much change, but the logic and resources required of the console are reduced.  In fourth embodiment, the console is implemented on a PC, Which may be larger than bread-box siZed. This typically Would be less desirable, as most PCs do not ?t a media room decor and are relatively loud, due to fans and hard disk rotation.  As a further aspect of these embodiments, the console may be equipped With a non-volatile memory siZed to time-shift playback from the video receiver and its logic and resources are further adapted to provide a menu of upcoming video content, schedule recording of the video content and replay the video content. Alternatively, the  The digital butler remote is a gadget based on the Bluetooth or another Wireless technology used for commu nications and remote control applications. Features  The digital butler remote board is an ARM7 pro cessor based solution.  This remote is built around the Philips LPC2l32 ARM controller. The main processor provides interfaces for the Keypad, Trackball, 128*32 graphics LCD module, ?n gerprint sensor, and Bluetooth SOC. The Bluetooth SOC and Zeevo ZV4301 interface With a microphone, speaker and headphone for voice utilities. The system may use a Philips 89LPC931 controller for the keypad interface through a 12C Bus. An alternative hardWare con?guration is illustrated in FIG. 7. non-volatile memory may be siZed to hold a library of digital  music. remote. FIG. 1 is a block diagram of the digital butler Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 Embodiment Details Chip Name Chip number Description Main processor (100) LPC2132, Philips. Main CPU, 60 MHz/64 Kb ?ash/16 Kb Keypad controller 89LPC931, Philips. (122) LCD Display module 8051 MCU compatible with 8 KB ?ash, 12C interface. DDG128032AAD, DDTL. 128*32 graphics parallel/serial LCD Module. TBWB2AO0, ITT cannon. Miniature all directional scanning switch. SRAM (133) TrackBall (123) Fingertip sensor (121) AES3400, Authentech. Bluetooth SOC (132)) ZV4301, Zeevo. Flash Memory (131) AT49BV802A, Atmel. Fingertip sensor with SP1 interfaces. Bluetooth SOC With, UART interface. Bluetooth SOC Flash, 8 Mb Codec 1C (141) MSM7716, OKI. Single rail codec. Power Supply (113) LTC 3440EDD — Linear Micro power synchronous 600 ma Buck Technology. Boost Dc-DC converter  Additional details of the main processor are depicted in FIG. 2. The LPC2132 (100) is based on a 32/ 16-bit ARM7TDM1-S CPU (232) with real time emula tion and embedded trace support, together with 64 Kbytes (KB) of embedded high speed ?ash memory (223). A 128 bit wide memory interface (211, 212, 222) and accelerator  Real-time clock (247) equipped with independent power and clock supply permitting extremely low power consumption in power-save modes. Multiple serial inter faces including two UART (16C550) (246), two Fast 12C bus (400 Kb/s) (244), SP1 and SSP (245) with bu?‘ering and variable data length capabilities. architecture enable 32 bit code execution at maximum clock rate. For critical code size applications, an alternate 16 bit “thumb mode” reduces code by more then 30% with mini Vectored interrupt controller (253) with con?gurable priori mal performance penalty. Due to their tiny size and low power consumption, these micro controllers are typically used for miniaturized applications, such as hand-held equip Up to 47 5 V tolerant general purpose I/O pins (228) in tiny ment. Most peripheral pins can also be remapped as General Purpose I/O pins. The system includes on-chip SRAM of 16 KB (213) and is well suited for communication gateways and protocol converters, soft modems, voice recognition and low end managing, providing both large buffer size and high processing power. Various 32-bit timers (247, 248), 10-bit 8 channel ADC(s) (226), 10-bit DAC (227), PWM channels (225) and 47 GPIO lines (228) with up to nine edge or level sensitive external interrupt pins, make these microcontrol lers particularly suitable for industrial control and hand-held systems.  The integrated ARM microprocessor operates at 60 ties and vector addresses. LQFP64 package. Up to nine edge or level sensitive external interrupt pins (224) available. 60 MHz maximum CPU clock available from programmable on-chip PLL (241). On-chip crystal oscillator with an operating range of 1 MHz to 30 MHz. Power saving modes include idle and Power-down. Individual enable/disable of peripheral functions as well as peripheral clock scaling down for additional power optimi zation. MHz and, in one embodiment, supports the following fea Processor wake-up from Power-down mode via external tures: interrupt (224).  16/32-bit ARM7TDM1-S microcontroller (232) in a tiny LQFP64 package.8/ 16/32 KB of on-chip static RAM (213) and 64/512 KB of on-chip Flash program memory (223). A 128 bit wide interface/accelerator (211, 212, 222) enables high speed 60 MHz operation. Single power supply chip with POR and BOD circuits. CPU operating voltage range of 3.0 V to 36 V (33 V:10%) with 5 V tolerant I/O pads. via on-chip boot-loader software. Single Flash sector or full chip erase in 400 ms and programming of 256 bytes in 1 Ms.  The LPC 2132’s 64 KB of ?ash memory (223) may be used for both code and data storage. Programming of the ?ash memory may be accomplished in several ways. It may be programmed in the system via the serial port (245). The Embedded Trace interfaces (231) o?cer real-time debugging with the on-chip real monitor software and high speed while the application is running, allowing ?exibility for data  In-System/In-Application Programming (ISP/IAP) tracing of instruction execution. One 8 channel 10-bit A/D converters (226) provides a total of up to 16 analog inputs, with conversion times as low as 244 us per channel. Single 10-bit D/A converter (227) provides variable analog output. application program may also erase and/ or program the ?ash storage ?eld ?rm grade upgrades, etc. While the on chip boot loader is used, 64 KB ?ash memory is available for user code. The LPC2132 ?ash memory provides a minimum of 100,000 erase/write cycles and 20 years of data retention. On-chip static RAM (213) may be used for code and/ or data storage. The SRAM may be accessed as 8 bits, 16 bits or 32 Two 32-bit timers/counters (with four capture and four bits wide. General purpose parallel U0 is supported by compare channels each) (225), PWM unit (six outputs) device pins that are connected to a speci?c peripheral function are controlled by the GPIO registers. Pins may be (225) and watchdog (248). Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 dynamically con?gured as inputs or outputs. Separate reg isters alloW setting or clearing any number of outputs simultaneously. The value of the output register may be read back, as Well as the current state of the port pins. The GPIO lines have the folloWing features. Direction control of individual bits. Separate control of output set and clear. All I/O default to inputs after reset.   Transmitters and/or receivers can operate in either master or slave mode, depending on Whether the chip has to initiate a data transfer or is only addressed. I2C is a multi-master bus that can be controlled by more than one bus master connected to it.  I2C implemented in LPC2132 support bit rate up to 400 kbit/s (Fast I2C). The features of LPC2132 I2C bus is listed beloW: Standard I2C compliant bus interface. The LPC 2132 memory maps shoWn in FIG. 3 incorporate several distinct regions. In addition, the CPU interrupt vectors may be re-mapped to alloW them to reside in either Flash memory (by default) or on-chip static RAM. Easy to con?gure as master, slave, or line-select master or slave. Programming clocks alloW versatile rate control.  The vectored interrupt controller (VIC) accepts all of the interrupt request inputs and categoriZes them as FIQ, Bi-directional data transfer betWeen masters and slaves. vectored IRQ, and non vectored IRQ as de?ned by pro Multi master bus (no center master) grammable setting. The programmable assignment scheme means that priorities of interrupts from the various periph erals can be dynamically assigned and adjusted.  Fast interrupt request (FIQ) has the highest priority. Arbitration betWeen simultaneously transmitting masters Without corruption of serial data on the bus. Serial clock synchronization alloWs devices With different If more than one request is assigned to FIQ, the VIC bit rates to communicate via one serial bus. combines the requests to produce the FIQ signal to the ARM processor. The fastest possible FIQ latency is achieved When Serial clock synchronization can be used as a hand shack mechanism to suspend and resume serial transfer. only one request is classi?ed as FIQ, because then the FIQ service routine can simply start dealing With that device. But if more than one request is assigned to the FIQ class, the FIQ The I2C bus may be used for test diagnostics purposes. services routine can read a Word from the VIC that identi?es an FIQ source that is requesting an interrupt. Vectored IRAs have middle priority. Sixteen of the interrupts can be assigned to this category. Any of the interrupt requests can be assigned to any of the 16 vectored IRQ slots, among Which slot 0 has the highest priority and slot 15 has the loWest. Non-vectored IRQ’s have the loWest priority.  The VIC combines the requests from all the vec tored and non-vectored IRAs to produce the IRQ signal to the ARM processor. The IRQ service routine can start by reading the register from the VIC and jumping there. If any  The SPI (245) is a full duplex serial I/O interface, designed to be able to handle multiple masters and slaves connected to a given bus. A single master and a single slave communicate on the interface during a given data transfer. During a data transfer, the master alWays sends a byte of data to the slave, and the slave alWays sends a byte of data to the master. The features of the SPI controller is listed beloW: Compliant With serial peripheral interface (SPI) speci?ca tion. Synchronous, serial, full duplex, communication. Combined SPI master and slave. of the vectored IRAs are requested, the VIC provides the address of the highest-priority requesting IRAs service rou tine, otherWise it provides the address of a default routine that is shared by all the non vectored IRAs. The default  The real time clock (RTC) (247) is designed to routine can read another VIC register to see What IRAs are provide a set of counters to measure time When normal or active.  The LPC 2132 contains tWo UARTs (246). One UART provides a full modem control handshake interface, the other provides only transmit and receive data lines. The features of UART is listed below: 16 byte, receive and transmit FIFO s. Register locations conform to ‘550’ industry standard. Receiver, FIFO trigger points at l, 4, 8, and 14 bytes. Built in baud rate generator. Standard modem interface signals included on UART l.  I2C (244) is a bi-directional bus for inter IC control using only tWo Wires, a serial clock line (SCL) and a serial Maximum data bit rate of one eighth of the input clock rate. ideal operating mode is selected. The RTC uses little poWer, making it suitable for battery poWered systems Where the CPU is not running continuously (idle mode). The features of RTC are described beloW. Measures the passage of time to maintain a calendar and clock. Ultra loW poWer design to support battery poWered systems. Provides seconds, minutes, hours, day, month, year, day of Week, and the day of year. Programmable reference clock divider alloWs adjustment of the RTC to match various crystal frequencies.  The 8051 based Philips LPC89LPC931 controller data line (SDA). Each device is recogniZed by a unique in FIG. 4 is suitable for keyboard interface. The P89LPC930/93l (404) is based on a high performance address and can operate as either a receiver only device or processor architecture that executes instructions in tWo to a transmitter With the capability both to receive and send information. four clocks, six times the rate of standard 80C5l devices. Many system-level functions have been incorporated into Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 Al the P89LPC930/93l in order to reduce component count, board space, and system cost. The P89LPC931 has the  The folloWing tables describe interfaces among the CPU (100), keyboard controller (404) and matrix (406): following enhanced features:  A high performance ARM processor 80C5l CPU Keyboard Controller to CPU Interface provides instruction cycle times of 111 ns to 222 ns for instructions except multiply and divide, When executing at 18 MHZ. This is six times the performance of the standard 80C5l running at the same clock frequency. A loWer clock frequency for the same performance results in poWer savings and reduced EMI.  2.4 V to 3.6 V VDD operating range. I/O pins are 5 V tolerant. Signal LPC2132 P89LPC93 Remarks Serial I2C Data Serial I2C clock SDA SCL SDA SCL I2C interface I2C interface  8 kB ?ash code memory With 1 kB sectors, and 64-byte page siZe. Byte-erase alloWing code memory to be used for data storage. Flash program operation completes in 2 ms. 256-byte RAM data memory. Real-time clock that can also be used as a system timer. Enhanced UART With fractional baud rate generator, break Keyboard Controller to Matrix Interface Signal Signal Name key board Remarks Kl3l.0 Keybd input 1 KBLl Keybd input 2 Kl3I.2 Keybd input 3 Kl3I.3 Keybd input 4 KBIA Keybd input 5 Kl3I.5 Keybd input 6 Kl3I.6 Keybd input 7 Kl3I.7 Keybd input 8 Kl30.0 Keybd output P0.0 P0.l P0.2 P03 PO.4 P0.5 P06 P0.7 P2.0 RET LINE 1 RET LINE 2 RET LINE 3 RET LINE 4 RET LINE 5 RET LINE 6 RET LINE 7 RET LINE 8 SCAN LINE 1 Keybd Keybd Keybd Keybd Keybd Keybd Keybd Keybd Keybd Return line Return line Return line Return line Return line Return line Return line Return line Scan line 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 detect, framing error detection, automatic address detection and versatile interrupt capabilities. I1(l3O.l Keybd output P2.l SCAN LINE 2 Keybd Scan line 2 400 kHZ byte-Wide l2C-bus communication port. 2K1302 Keybd output P2.2 SCAN LINE 3 3K1303 Keybd output P2.3 SCAN LINE 4 Keybd Scan line 4 interrupt inputs. 4KBOA Keybd output P2.4 SCAN LINE 5 Four interrupt priority levels. 5K1305 Keybd output P2.5 SCAN LINE 6 Keybd Scan line 6  On-chip poWer-on reset alloWs operation Without I6(l3O.6 Keybd output P2.6 SCAN LINE 7 Keybd Scan line 7 external reset components. A reset counter and reset glitch 7Kl3O.7 Keybd output P2.7 SCAN LINE 8 Keybd Scan line 8 resets. A softWare reset function is also available. I8(l3O.8 Keybd output Pl.0 SCAN LINE 9 Keybd Scan line 9  The keypad 8*13 matrix (406) is connected to the GPIO lines of P89LPC931 micro controller (404). The 9K1309 Keybd output Pl.l SCAN LINE Keybd Scan line 10 I1(0l30.l0 Keybd output Pl.4 SCAN LINE Keybd Scan line 11 I1(1l3O.ll Keybd output Pl.6 SCAN LINE Keybd Scan line 12 I1(2l30.l2 Keybd output Pl.7 SCAN LINE Keybd Scan line l3 Eight keypad interrupt inputs, plus tWo additional external suppression circuitry prevent spurious and incomplete keypad has 8 return lines and 13 scan lines. The return lines are connected to the keyboard port of the P89LPC931 micro controller. The P89LPC931 is connected to the main pro cessor LPC2l32 through the 12C bus to minimiZe the number of pins on the main processor.  The custom softWare is loaded into the ?ash pro gram memory of the P89LPC931 micro controller Which scans the keypad and generates ASCII codes and commu nicates to the main processor through the 12C bus. The P89LPC931 micro controller is normally kept in poWer save Keybd Scan line 3 Keybd Scan line 5 13  The LCD display (133) DDl2803AAD, in one embodiment, is a 128*32 dot matrix LCD module. The LCD Module can be easily accessed via parallel micro controller GPIO interface. Its features include: mode, and it Will aWaken in response to keyboard interrupts after the key press. The keyboard port of P89LPC931 has a change on status interrupt feature, and hence any key press Will generate the keyboard interrupt. The key bounces are Trans?ective display mode and positive type, B/W mode, taken care of by the softWare. Parallel input data from micro controller.  The QWERTY keyboard has the Chinese character 1/33 duty multiplexing ratio. entry feature and the softWare transfers the Chinese corre l/l6 bias. sponding ASCII codes to the main processor in Chinese key entry mode. FSTN LCD. Graphic 128*32 dot-matrix display format. 6 o’clock vieWing direction. Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 Dimension outline 35(W)*28.9(H)*1.75(D) mm. Resolution 128*32 dots. Active area 29.66(W)*8.45(W) mm. automatically generate interrupts and reduce system over head needed for ?nger detection.  Features of the ?ngerprint component, in one Dots pitch 0.232(W)*0.265(H) mm. embodiment, include: TruePrint technology for ability to acquire (ATA) Dots siZe 0.202(W)*0.235(H) mm. Compact industry standard 100-Pin LQFP Package  The lTT cannon TBWB2A00 trackball (123) is a High de?nition 128x128 TruePrint technology based pixel miniature all directional scanning sWitch developed for mobile, remote, PDA, notebook PC, and hand-held device applications. It includes tWo perpendicular rollers actuated array by friction on the ball and tWo spring contacts Which Extended Range 2.7V to 3.6V single poWer supply generate (by contact closing and opening) the electrical pulses and a light tactile effect (click) at each pulse. A sWitch called “Select” is integrated in the trackball. Optimally, tWo LEDs can be included With the trackball and driven accord ing to the Wishes of the user. Several tactile effects can be obtained according to the number of tooth integrated in the gear axle; the standard resolution is 12 pulses per ball rotation. When the Trackball is activated, its relative posi tion changes are analyzed in tWo directions X and Y. The tWo perpendicular rollers are actuated by friction on the ball. During their revolution, the rollers activate tWo spring contacts Which generate (by contact closing and opening) the electrical pulses.  To track the ball movements, a simple electronic device tied to the direction contacts converts the vertical and horizontal displacements of the both perpendicular rollers in logical levels of X-axis and Y-axis displacements: Some pull-up resistors (or respectively pull doWn resistors) are tied to the axis direction contacts While the common contact is tied to the ground (or respectively to the poWer supply potential). The change in state interrupts the main LPC2132 processor (100). The output pulse frequency is directly proportional to the moving speed and the direction. The 500 pixels per inch (ppi) 0° C. to +700 C. operating temperature range Easy to integrate USB 2.0 full speed, synchronous & asyn chronous serial, & 8-bit parallel system interfaces 6 or 12 MHZ operation With crystal or supplied clock input USB selective suspend support Ultra-hard surface coating 1 million rubs W/o degradation Highly scratch resistant IEC 61000-4-2 level 3 ESD capability (+/—8 KV) Built-in loW poWer ?nger detection W/ system interrupt capa bility LoW poWer operation; <6 mW/imaging event. The interface of these ?ngertip sensors is pin selectable choices. The SPl interface ?nger chip sensor is selected so that the ?nger tip sensor is connected to the SP1 port (245) of the main processor. LPC2132 and the corresponding PS2 data sent to the host  The Zeevo ZV4301 in FIG. 5 used in one embodi ment is a Bluetooth SOC adapted to provide a high band Width CPU system to add Wireless connectivity to their system. product. The ZV 4301 (502) incorporates the industry stan  The AuthenTec EntrePad, AES3400, AuthenTec’s 3rd generation loW poWer, small form-factor ?ngerprint dard 32 bit ARM7TDM1 CPU core With high bandWidth processing capability suf?cient to support a Wide range of embedded applications. The ZV4301 operates from —25C to pulse frequency is processed by the main processor identi?cation sensor IC (121). This product combines sili con-based image capture With a proprietary sensor control and matching algorithms to deliver ability-to-acquire (ATA) ?ngerprint images and authentication. AuthenTec’s Entre Pad AES3400 utiliZes TruePrint Technology, alloWing the sensor to look past the easily obscured outer surface of the skin to the living layer beloW Where the unique ridge and valley patterns of the ?ngerprint originate. Trueprint is AuthenTec’s unique patented imaging technology. During imaging, a small near-?eld signal is generated betWeen the IC and the ?nger’s living tissue layer. 16,384 individual elements in the sensor matrix form a planar antenna array that receives this signal, creating a digital pattern that accurately reproduces the ?ngerprint’s underlying structure. A poWerful utility Within TruePrint is Dynamic Optimiza tion. This tool analyZes each image, controlling up to 15 sensor parameters to optimiZe the ?ngerprint image, regard less of unusual skin conditions or surface contamination. The TruePrint high-quality ?ngerprint imaging technology 85C and comes in a lead free version. The ZV4301 is implemented in a 0.18 micro meter CMOS process and includes the integration of all RF components and digital circuitry. The only external components needed are an antenna, crystal, reference resister, decoupling capacitors, and ?ash memory. The ZV4301 is designed for loW poWer applications including sleep and deep sleep modes, and operates from a single 3.3V supply. The ZV4301 is manu factured in a 8.6><8.6><1.65 mm LTCC BGA package With 100 balls.  The ZV4301 is supplied With a link library for a complete loWer layer protocol stack and source code to the blueOS operating system, target manager and link manager APl. Upper layers are supported through the Zeevo partner program With ?rmWare, Bluetooth protocol stack softWare and Bluetooth pro?les available from Zeevo’s extensive partner list. enables reliable authentication.  The Zeevo4301 typical application supports AV  The ?ngerprint sensor is small, battery friendly and ers, cellular peripherals, access points and industry controls. Well-suited to Bluetooth communications. These sensors Features include: equipment, smart phones, personal digital assistants, print Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 Bluetooth 1.2 compliant. Point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and scatter net. High bandwidth ARM7TDM1 processor subsystem. Up to 7 slaves and up to 4 Pico nets supported. 12, 24 and 48 MHZ CPU clocksiselectable on chip PLL u-LaW, A-LaW and CVSD transcoders on SCO channel from single 12 MHZ input. Highly integrated loW cost solution: Radio, link control and Full 8- to 128 bit encryption. CPU are integrated.  The baseband modem includes: High throughput. Demodulator, modulator, RX/TX self calibration, burst tim ing control and transmitter burst spectral shaping. Tested quali?ed softWare stack available. Support for very loW poWer modesisleep and deep sleep. Audio capability on an SCO channel. FEC encoder/ decoder, data Whitening, encryptionidecryp tion, and cyclic redundancy check. Link controller for synchroniZation, frequency hope control, On chip crystal tuning and poWer calibration. and receiver/transmitter slot timing. Complete co-location and co-existence solutions With 802.11 supported through AWMA, AFH and SFH.   The CPU and memory support include: ARM7TDM1 processor core. 12 24 and 48 MHZ operation. 32/16 bit RISC architecture, 32 bit ARM instruction. The external bus interface includes: 8,16-bit data bus. 23-bit address bus. Support for 2 memory banks. Each bank supports up to 16 Mbytes ?ash and SRAM, With independent timing control for each bank. 16 bit Thumb instruction set for increased code density. GPIO can function as additional interrupts. 32 bit ALU and high performance multiplier. Extensive debug facilitiesiJTAG. control. 3 dedicated chip selects, each With independent timing 3 indicated interrupt lines. 8 K bytes of boot ROM. 64 K bytes of SRAM.  The radio features include:  The UART includes: 16450 register set compatible UART. 9600, 192K, 384K, 57.61K, 115.2K, 230.4K, 4608K, and Integrated RF interface connects directly to antenna. 921.6 Kbs UART baud rates. Integrated poWer ampli?er supports up to +4 dBm output poWer for class 2 & 3 operation. RTS and CTS ?oW control signals for UART. High sensitive design (-86 dBm typically). Class 1 operation is supported With an external poWer Direct Memory Access (DMA) for loW overhead UART control. ampli?er/LNA interface.  The USB support includes: IF-enhanced direct conversion receiver architecture. USB version 2.0 compliant interface. Integrated TX/Rx sWitch, balun, and matching netWork in an LTCC package. USB Wakeup and detach sideband signals supported. LoW poWer consumption receiver design. control. Multiplexed RX/TX antenna interface.  The general purpose I/O features: Fully integrated PLL synthesiZer and loop ?lterirequires Sixteen individually programmable general purpose I/O. Direct Memory Access (DMA) for loW overhead USB external 12 MHZ crystal.  The baseband and softWare features include: Required and optional Bluetooth 1.2 features faster connec tion, extended SCO link, adaptive frequency hopping (AFH), QOS, ?oW control. Con?gurable for UART Wake up hand shaking. Base band and CPU activity indication. USB/UART mode select. Each GPIO can be used as interrupt. Direct memory access (DMA) for loW overhead UART control.  The pulse code modulator support includes: Standard Bluetooth HCI interface over UART and USB. PCM interface for audio applications: PCM-OUT, PCM_IN, PCM_CLK, and Support for a range of Bluetooth data rates (57.6-723 Kb/sec) PCM SYNC. Support for multiple ACL and HC-SCO packet types. Linear u-LaW and A-LaW codes supported. Park, snilf, and hold modes. Interface to OKI MSM 7732-01 and OKI 7716 codec. Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 Direct Memory Access (DMA) for loW overhead PCM control  A 12 MHZ crystal serves as the primary clock crystal. processor provides interfaces for the Keypad, Joystick, 320*240 graphics LCD module, ?ngerprint sensor, Blue tooth SOC, WiFi 802.11b/g module, audio codec and camera module. The audio codec interfaces With a microphone, speaker and headphone for voice utilities. Alternatively, the  FIG. 5 shoWs the ZV4301 to other CPU and peripheral interfaces. The ZV4301 is interfaced With the main processor LPC2132 (100) through the UART port. The 8 Mb Flash memory AT49BV802A (501) is interfaced With ZV4301 through the external bus interface. The single rail linear codec (141) is interfaced With the ZV4301 through the PCM interface. microphone, speaker and headphone could interface through the Bluetooth module, as described in the context of FIG. 1.  From FIG. 7, the components include the main processor 700, Which couples to the Bluetooth module 732, WiFi module 751 and audio codec 741. The audio codec couples to speaker 752, microphone 751, audio jack 753. The main processor also may couple to a ?ngerprint sensor  Debugging of the remote is supported by JTAG 721 and a battery pack 712. A battery charger and poWer header and BDM header is used in the board for the management component 724, such as a cradle, couples to a debugging purposes. This section gives the details of the DC poWer input 713 and charges the battery 712. The main J TAG header and BDM header. processor also may couple to a camera module 750, a  The processor complies With the IEEE 1149.1A JTAG testing standard. The JTAG test pins are multiplexed With background debug pins.  The system is fed With 5 volts input poWer. The input poWer is passed through a diode to provide the protection against reverse polarity. The poWer to the digital butler remote comes from an external poWer supply module. The external poWer supply module Will provide poWer to the remote and for charging the battery. The input poWer is fed through a connector. From the 5 volts input, the folloWing voltages are derived on the CPU card: Processor core display 733, a keypad 711 and joy stick 723. The camera module may, for instance, be a 3 mega pixel CMOS com ponent. The main processor 700 provides an array of ports for interfacing With these various components. While cur rently available components are generally identi?ed, such as by resolution or Wireless standard, one of skill in the art Will recogniZe that these components Will evolve over the 20 year life of a patent. Remote SoftWare  Software components of the palm-held remote include an LCD interface module, a keyboard interface voltage: The core supply for the processor is generated module, a ?ngerprint sensor module, trackball interface through a loW dropout regulator that can support current up to 1.5 A operating from a 5V-input. The output 1.8V is fed to the core of the processor. PLL voltage: The core voltage is the input to the PLL through a ferrite bead, Which supplies poWer to clock generation and PLL circuits of the processor. module and a Bluetooth module. Other Wireless protocols such as IEEE 802.1/x protocols can be substituted for  Data sheets publicly available for the major IC components include: Bluetooth. Wireless protocols developed for cordless tele phones also might be used. Data is transmitted and received over Bluetooth or another Wireless connection betWeen the console and the palm-held remote in a custom data format. In this format, a record may have ?elds including start of 1. LPC213x Philips User manual Nov. 22-2004. packet, packet type, links, data and checksum. Different packet types are assigned to keyboard, trackball, ?ngerprint 2. Zeevo ZV4301 Datasheet Jan. 24, 2005. packet starts here. For instance, 0x7C can be used as a start 3. P89LPC930/931 Data Sheet, Rev.05-15 Dec. 2004. of packet ?ag. A data ?eld of just tWo bytes may be 4. DDG128032AAD Data sheet, Rev1.0, Issue date: 2004/ 10/06 data, link and packet type ?elds, the checksum ?eld can be used to discard corrupted data packets. 5. ITT Cannon, Miniature all direction scanning sWitch Data sheet.  and LCD packets. The start of packet ?eld indicates that the suf?cient. When the checksum contains an XOR of all the 6. Authentec Fingerprint sensor AES 3400 Data sheet. 7. MSM7716 OKI Datasheet Version August 1998. 8. AT49BV802A Datasheet, Document 3405D-Flash March/2005.  In addition, a camera can be incorporated into the remote, thereby enabling video conferencing and other visual features. The camera is complemented by a glue logic application supplied for or native to a communications and/or multi-media console, such as one running under WindoWs, OS X or Linux. A CMOS camera commercially available for incorporation in camera phones may be suit able for this application. This is illustrated in FIG. 7. The LCD connected to the main controller uses the GPIO interface, including data and control lines. The LCD can be used to display data received over the Wireless link. Another custom-designed packet format may be used for LCD data. This format includes eight ?elds: start of packet, packet type, link, mode, exposition, Why position, data and checksum. The mode ?eld indicates the mode in Which the data is to be displayed. This module operates in tWo modes, a so-called font mode and a byte mode. In a phone mode, the given string is displayed on the LCD display in the pre de?ned font shape and siZe. In the byte mode, the given date is displayed as raW data, Which alloWs the user to design their oWn shapes. X- and Y-position coordinates indicate the roW and column position on the LCD.  The keyboard module of the remote is imple  FIG. 7 depicts building the digital butler remote mented using an 8051. The key press data is sent to the main microcontroller through an 12C interface for further pro board as an XScale processor based solution. This remote is cessing. The keyboard is a matrix keyboard including 13 built around the Intel XScale micro controller. The main scan lines and eight return lines. Akey press causes the 8051 Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 to generate make and break codes along With key press values. This data is given to the main micro controller, Which  A socket modem module (634) is one component used to connect the motherboard to a POTS telephone operates in an interrupt mode. Here, the 8051 acts as a system. Alternatively, modules can interface the mother master and the LPC2132 acts as a slave. board to a cellular or similar telephone system or to a voice  Fingerprint sensor software uses SPI code on the main controller. The ?ngerprint data Will be sent in a particular packet format over the Wireless link to be pro cessed on the host side. Authentec provides a useable appropriate library of routines for ?ngerprint authentication.  The trackball interface module uses sampling tech niques to read the ball movement and click button states. The outputs of the trackball are connected to general-purpose I/O channels. The modules sense the state of the general-purpose I/O’s at a predetermined frequency, such as 1 kHZ.  A Bluetooth Wireless interface module may be based on Zeevo ZV4301 Bluetooth SOC With headset and serial port pro?le (SPP) ?rmWare. This module is coupled to the main controller through a UART. The module is adapted to convey Wirelessly a mix of keyboard data, trackball data, ?ngerprint sensor data for authentication and data to be displayed on the remote module’s display. Console HardWare  Introduction  The core component of the console or host system may be a standard mini ITX mother board With ports to add peripherals. A USB Bluetooth module and USB WLAN module may be connected to the motherboard through USB ports. A display is connected through VGA connector and the socket modern with R111 connector is connected through serial port 2. The remaining ports can be used for external interface. The Wireless remote communicates over Blue tooth With the USB Bluetooth module. Features  FIG. 6 is a block diagram ofthe console (606). The host console of the system may be built on a standard Mini-ITX motherboard and an additional add-on board to support the features like WAP, Bluetooth, and a MODEM for PSTN and a PCI-VGA Card. A standard Mini ITX is available in a 17 cm><l7 cm form factor. The motherboard and/or add-on board may include tWo VGA connectors; for example, a VGA connector from motherboard (613) and a second VGA connector using a PCI add-on card (614). The design also may include a serial port for external interface (611A) and another serial port for a modem (611B), tWo USB ports (612B), support for a USB-hub, an 802.11g WLAN module (632), preferably interoperable With 802.11b, With a separately connected antenna. Other console components may include a USB to Bluetooth module (632) With chip antenna, a standard PC hard disk drive (623) and DVD drive (624) and an ATX poWer supply or Mini-ITX poWer module.  Motherboard support may include a VIA Eden/C3 processor at operating at 1.0-1.5 GHZ or another rate, integrated Castle Rock graphics With MPEG-2 decoder (optionally an MPEG-4 decoder for video), a memory socket, such as al DDR266 SODIMM socket, a PCI slot, tWo UltraDMA 66/ 100/ 133 connectors (SATA connectors can be used), a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet physical connection, PS2 mouse and keyboard ports; a parallel port, an RJ-45 LAN port, a serial port, tWo USB 2.0 ports and a VGA port. over IP (VoIP) system. One suitable module is a WMV34 O-TSM-100 from Analog Devices. This serial socket modem provides complete WorldWide support. An Analog Devices serial socket modem features a solid state DAA that supports international operation With compliance to inter national telephone standards. The modem module can be plugged on the carrier board by means of board to board connectors and Will be interfaced to the additional serial port available on the motherboard header. The socket modem module is poWered by 3.3V DC supply and the interfacing signals are in the 3.3V LVTTL level. The socket modem module has the connections for a telephone line. This connection Will be terminated to a R111 jack (635) on the carrier board for this purpose. The serial port signals in the motherboard are terminated to header COM2 Which is in RS232 level. A RS232 transceiver interfaces (631) to the modem (634).  A standard, olT-the-shelf 802.11g WLAN module (632) is available module With USB interface. The module can be connected to the USB port available on the mother board header. An external antenna may positioned at the rear panel of the host system for maximum sensitivity. Some suitable modules include the Linksys-WUSB54GP and Net Gear-WG111. These modules are interoperable With 802.11b. A WLAN module may be an alternative to a Bluetooth module for communications With the remote, or can provide a netWork interface for the console.  A standard, olT-the-shelf Bluetooth module (633) is available module With USB interface. The module may be connected to the USB port available on the motherboard header. The module Will be connected to the host system by the USB port available on the motherboard header. The modules built around CSR chipset may be suitable.  The poWer supply used may be a standard mini ITX poWer supply. A standard 12 volts DC poWer module also can be used for this purpose. The poWer supply board includes DC-DC converters to provide output voltages of +12V, —12V, +3.3V, and +5V DC, similar to an ATX poWer supply. These poWer supply tapping is used in the carrier board to supply poWer to the add on modules such as socket modem, WLAN, and Bluetooth modules. Console softWare  Introduction  A Linux core runs on the VIA Eden processor. The module drivers loaded on the OS core takes control the peripheral devices. A dedicated softWare application running parses data received Wirelessly, such as over Bluetooth. It also redirects the data to corresponding modules. Modules  The modem connected With the host system moth erboard is used to make the dial-up connections. This makes the socket modem module as a portable one.  On the console or host system processor side, the serial driver initialiZes and con?gures the serial port baud rate equal to the modem baud rate. An appropriate modem driver is loaded to manipulate the connected socket modem. Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 A WLAN module is a port of the Linux-WLAN driver, adapted to the host board. The USB WLAN modules iden ti?ed from Linksys and NetGear use the same driver. Once the WLAN hardware is connected to the USB port, it is logically connected to the access point using the WLAN control utility.  A suitable Linux Bluetooth software stack is BlueZ. Processing data from the stack involves developing  Applied to the following services: Communication, including Phone (LL/Cell/IP), lntemet, email, and text/voice/video messenger Entertainment, including Multimedia apps, including TV, PVR, DVD, Video, Photo, Music, Radio, and Games. Productivity apps, such as a personal information manager (PIM), contacts, calendar, editor. parsing the data received from the remote. The communi cation with the remote is established using the BlueZ utilities from the host for remote headset and serial port function alities. Once the application knows the source of the data packet, it redirects the data to the appropriate module for the  The present invention may be practiced as a method or device adapted to practice the method. The same method can be viewed from the perspective of a console required functionality. The software also provides a facility adapted for use with a remote, a remote adapted to control to send the data to the LCD available on the remote side. The a console or a combination of console and remote. application developer can use the ?ngerprint raw data received from the Bluetooth remote and the authentication code libraries provided by the vendor to achieve the match ing operation.  The console may support the following functions: Bluetooth remote access. WLAN enabled for network communication. Some Particular Embodiments  While the present invention is disclosed by refer ence to the preferred embodiments and examples detailed above, it is understood that these examples are intended in an illustrative rather than in a limiting sense. Computer assisted processing is implicated in the described embodi ments. It is contemplated that modi?cations and combina tions will readily occur to those skilled in the art, which modi?cations and combinations will be within the spirit of the invention and the scope of the following claims. Socket modem module for dial-up network connection.  The following combinations of hardware and soft ware features are within the scope of this disclosure for providing services described. Supported by the console, one We claim as follows: 1. A multi-media and communications system, including: or any combination of the following: a palm-held remote; and General Purpose Computer a bread-box or smaller siZed console in wireless commu TV Set Top Box w/ optional personal video recorder (PVR) nication with the remote; wherein the palm-held remote integrates at least Terrestrial, Cable, Satellite, lP a ?ngerprint reader, Messaging console (one or any combo) a speaker, microphone and volume control adapted for Text (SMS/Webpages) Voice (Landline/cell/IP) Video use as a telephone, a display at least capable of showing a telephone number, Network Port a cursor control and trigger adapted to select and control resources of the console, TV and/or Monitor Out a compact keypad including numeric keys usable for Optionally Hard Drive Media Card Reader (non-volatile memory) CD/DVD (Writable versions possible) Wireless network router  Supported by the hand-held remote, one or any combination of the following: FingerprintiOptional telephone dialing, the compact keypad further including alphabetic keys usable for web browsing, wherein the bread-box or smaller siZed console integrates at least a DVD/ CD player, a network port and logic and resources adapted to authenticate users of the palm-held remote and person aliZe their telephone network connection and their Internet browsing based on ?ngerprints received from the palm-held remote, connect the palm-held remote to the telephone network, Speaker/Mic/Vol control Display connect the palm-held remote to the lntemet and dis play web pages on a monitor or television, Cursor Control control channels accessed by a video receiver, Thumb-board (Alphanumeric) drive speakers and provide volume control, Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 provide playback control for the DVD/CD player, and connect the keyboard, cursor control and trigger to an Internet broWsing module and access and playback digitally stored music; one or more media center controls of media selec Whereby the palm-held remote alloWs a user of to select tion, playback and volume control. among and use the bread-box or smaller siZed console’ s user authentication and personalization, telephone net 10. The remote control of claim 9, Wherein: Work connection, lntemet browsing, channel control, volume control, DVD/CD playback control, and digi the palm-held remote further integrates a ?ngerprint tally stored music access and playback. 2. The system of claim 1, Wherein the bread-box or smaller siZed console further include non-volatile storage siZed to hold a library of digitally stored music. 3. The system of claim 1, Wherein the logic and resources are further adapted to connect the palm-held remote to a messaging service and to alert the user to incoming mes sages While the monitor or television is being used to Watch TV. 4. The method of claim 3, Wherein the console is associ ated With one or more telephone numbers and the messaging service is short-message-service (SMS). 5. The method of claim 3, Wherein the console is associ reader, and invokes glue logic running on the media center that is adapted to connect ?ngerprint reader data to an authen tication module. 11. The remote control of claim 9, Wherein: the palm-held remote further integrates a camera, and invokes glue logic running on the media center that is adapted to connect camera data to a video conferencing module. 12. A multi-media and communications system, includ ing: a palm-held remote; and ated With one or more telephone numbers and the messaging service is a cellular telephone messaging protocol. a bread-box or smaller siZed console in Wireless commu 6. The system of claim 1, Wherein the logic and resources are further adapted to provide ansWering machine services Wherein the palm-held remote integrates at least and to 7. The system of claim 1, Wherein the bread-box or smaller siZed console further includes non-volatile storage siZed to time-shift playback from the video receiver and its logic and resources are further adapted to provide a menu of upcoming video content, schedule recording of the video content and replay the video content. 8. The system of claim 1, Wherein the palm-held remote nication With the remote; a ?ngerprint reader, a speaker, microphone and volume control adapted for use as a telephone, a display at least capable of shoWing a telephone number, a cursor control and trigger adapted to select and control resources of the console, a compact keypad including numeric keys usable for further integrates a camera and the logic and resources of the bread-box or smaller siZed console are further adapted to connect camera data to a video conferencing module. 9. A remote control for a media center, the media center the compact keypad further including alphabetic keys including logic and resources to process Wireless input, the remote control including: Wherein the bread-box or smaller siZed console integrates at least a DVD/ CD player, a netWork port and logic and a palm-held remote adapted to invoke glue logic running on the media center by Wirelessly directing input to the media center; Wherein the palm-held remote integrates at least a speaker, microphone and volume control adapted for use as a telephone, a display at least capable of shoWing a telephone number, telephone dialing, usable for messaging, resources adapted to authenticate users of the palm-held remote and person aliZe their telephone netWork connection and their messaging based on ?ngerprints received from the palm-held remote, connect the palm-held remote to the telephone netWork, send and receive messages across a communications netWork, displaying the messages on a monitor or television, a cursor control and trigger adapted to select and control resources of the console, control channels accessed by a video receiver, a compact keypad including numeric keys usable for drive speakers and provide volume control, and provide playback control for the DVD/CD player; telephone dialing, the compact keypad further including alphabetic keys usable for Web broWsing, Wherein the glue logic invoked Wirelessly by the remote control is adapted to connect the speaker and microphone to a telecom module and Whereby the palm-held remote alloWs a user of to select among and use the bread-box or smaller siZed console’ s user authentication and personaliZation, telephone net Work connection, messaging, channel control, volume control, and DVD/CD playback control. 13. The system of claim 12, Wherein the palm-held remote further integrates a camera and the logic and resources of the Feb. 22, 2007 US 2007/0042806 A1 12 bread-box or smaller sized console are further adapted to connect camera data to a video conferencing module. 14. A multi-media and communications system, includ ing: a palm-held remote; and a bread-box or smaller siZed console in Wireless commu nication With the remote; Wherein the palm-held remote integrates at least a ?ngerprint reader, a speaker, microphone and volume control adapted for use as a telephone, authenticate users of the palm-held remote and person aliZe their telephone netWork connection based on ?ngerprints received from the palm-held remote, connect the palm-held remote to the telephone netWork, control With the palm-held remote retrieval, transfer and playback of digital content from the media card reader, control channels accessed by a video receiver, drive speakers and provide volume control, and provide playback control for the DVD/CD player; a display at least capable of showing a telephone number, a cursor control and trigger adapted to select and control resources of the console, a compact keypad including numeric keys usable for telephone dialing, the compact keypad further including alphabetic keys usable for Web broWsing, Wherein the bread-box or smaller siZed console integrates at least a media card reader, a netWork port and logic and resources adapted to Whereby the palm-held remote alloWs a user of to select among and use the bread-box or smaller siZed console’ s user authentication and personaliZation, telephone net Work connection, media card reader functions, channel control, volume control, and DVD/CD playback con trol. The system of claim 14, Wherein the palm-held remote further integrates a camera and the logic and resources of the bread-box or smaller siZed console are further adapted to connect camera data to a video conferencing module.