Electronic device controlling apparatus for mobile terminal and

Electronic device controlling apparatus for mobile terminal and
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United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2012/0009914 A1
LEE et al.
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(43) Pub. Date:
Jan. 12, 2012
ELECTRONIC DEVICE CONTROLLING
APPARATUS FOR MOBILE TERMINAL AND
METHOD THEREOF
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Publication Classi?cation
Int Cl
H04W 4/02
(2009.01)
Inventors:
KyechulLEE’SeOu1(KR);JinW0n
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CHOI, SuWon-Si (KR)
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ABSTRACT
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Assignee,
LG ELECTRONICS INC Seoul
(KR)
’
An electronic device controlling apparatus for a mobile ter
minal capable of conveniently and effectively remote-control
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App1_ NO;
13/178,359
remote controller of the electronic device, and a method
(22)
Filed;
Ju]_7, 2011
thereof. When an electronic device is displayed on a display
unit through a camera, an electronic device identi?er is
received from the electronic device through a communication
an electronic device by using a mobile terminal Without a
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Foreign Application Priority Data
Jul. 8, 2010
module. And, the electronic device is controlled based on
electronic device information matching With the received
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electronic device identi?er.
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DISPLAY, ON DISPLAY UNIT, IMAGE CAPTURED BY
CAMERA
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HAS ELECTRONIC
DEVICE BEEN RECOGNIZED BASED
ON IMAGE DISPLAYED ON
DISPLAY UNIT ?
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REQUEST ELECTRONIC DEVICE IDENTIFIER FROM
ELECTRONIC DEVICE DISPLAYED THROUGH CAMERA
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DISPLAY, ON DISPLAY UNIT, IMAGE CAPTURED BY
CAMERA
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HAS ELECTRONIC
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ON IMAGE DISPLAYED ON
DISPLAY UNIT ?
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TRANSMIT RECOGNIZED ELECTRONIC DEVICE
IMAGE TO SERVER
RECEIVE, FROM SERVER, ELECTRONIC DEVICE
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INFROMATION MATCHING WITH RECOGNIZED
ELECTRONIC DEVICE IMAGE
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READ ELECTRONIC DEVICE INFORMATION
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TO SELECTION OF REMOTE CONTROLLER MENU
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ELECTRONIC DEVICE CONTROLLING
APPARATUS FOR MOBILE TERMINAL AND
METHOD THEREOF
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATION
Jan. 12, 2012
[0014] The controller may display the image of the remote
controller on the display unit, and may activate keys inside the
image based on the remote controller information.
[0015] The controller may operate the camera When an
electronic device control menu or an electronic device control
icon displayed on the display unit is selected.
[0016] The controller may recogniZe the electronic device
from an image displayed on the display unit through the
[0001] Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §l 19(a), this application
claims the bene?t of earlier ?ling date and right of priority to
Korean Application No. 10-2010-0066018, ?led on Jul. 8,
2010, the contents of Which is incorporated by reference
herein in its entirety.
troller menu for controlling the recogniZed electronic device.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
device, and keys of the remote controller.
[0018] According to another aspect of the present inven
tion, there is provided an electronic device controlling appa
[0002]
[0003]
1. Field of the Invention
This speci?cation relates to an electronic device
controlling apparatus for a mobile terminal and a method
thereof.
[0004]
2. Background of the Invention
[0005] Generally, the conventional electronic device con
trolling apparatus serves to control a corresponding elec
tronic device such as a television through a communication
module. The apparatus displays, on a display unit, a list of
electronic devices manufactured from various companies.
Once a user selects a speci?c electronic device from the list,
the apparatus controls the selected electronic device.
camera, and may display, on the display unit, a remote con
[0017] The remote controller menu may include an image
of a remote controller Which remote-controls the electronic
ratus for a mobile terminal, the apparatus comprising: a cam
era; a communication module; and a controller con?gured to
transmit, through the communication module, to a server, an
electronic device image displayed on a display unit through
the camera, and con?gured to control the electronic device
through the communication module based on electronic
device information matching With the electronic device
image received from the server, Wherein the electronic device
information includes a manual of the electronic device and/or
a remote controller menu of the electronic device, and
Wherein the remote controller menu comprises an image of a
remote controller Which remote-controls the electronic
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
device, and keys of the remote controller.
[0019] To achieve these and other advantages and in accor
[0006] To achieve these and other advantages and in accor
dance With the purpose of this speci?cation, as embodied and
broadly described herein, there is also provided a method for
broadly described herein, there is provided an electronic
device controlling apparatus for a mobile terminal, the appa
method comprising: receiving an electronic device identi?er
ratus comprising: a camera; a communication module; and a
through a communication module, from an electronic device
displayed on a display unit through a camera; and controlling
controller con?gured to receive, through the communication
module, an electronic device identi?er from an electronic
device displayed on a display unit through the camera, and
con?gured to control the electronic device through the com
munication module based on electronic device information
matching With the received electronic device identi?er.
[0007] The controller may request an electronic device
identi?er, from the electronic device displayed on the display
unit.
[0008] The controller may receive the electronic device
information matching With the received electronic device
identi?er, from a server, through a communication netWork.
[0009] The controller may read the electronic device infor
mation matching With the received electronic device identi
?er, from a storage unit.
[0010]
The electronic device identi?er may include one of
a product number, a serial number and a model name of the
electronic device.
[0011] The controller may request, from the electronic
device, the electronic device identi?er, through an infrared
ray communication module inside the communication mod
ule. And, the controller may receive the electronic device
identi?er from an infrared ray communication module of the
electronic device.
[0012] The electronic device information may include
remote controller information for remote-controlling the
electronic device, and/ or a manual of the electronic device.
[0013] The electronic device information may further
include an image of a remote controller Which remote-con
trols the electronic device.
dance With the purpose of this speci?cation, as embodied and
controlling an electronic device for a mobile terminal, the
the electronic device through the communication module
based on electronic device information matching With the
received electronic device identi?er.
[0020] According to another aspect of the present inven
tion, there is provided a method for controlling an electronic
device for a mobile terminal, the method comprising: trans
mitting, through a communication module, to a server, an
electronic device image displayed on a display unit through a
camera; and controlling the electronic device through the
communication module based on electronic device informa
tion matching With the electronic device image received from
the server, Wherein the electronic device information includes
a manual of the electronic device and/or a remote controller
menu of the electronic device, and Wherein the remote con
troller menu comprises an image of a remote controller Which
remote-controls the electronic device, and keys of the remote
controller.
[0021]
Further scope of applicability of the present appli
cation Will become more apparent from the detailed descrip
tion given hereinafter. HoWever, it should be understood that
the detailed description and speci?c examples, While indicat
ing preferred embodiments of the invention, are given by Way
of illustration only, since various changes and modi?cations
Within the spirit and scope of the invention Will become
apparent to those skilled in the art from the detailed descrip
tion.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0022] The accompanying draWings, Which are included to
provide a further understanding of the invention and are
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incorporated in and constitute a part of this speci?cation,
illustrate exemplary embodiments and together with the
description serve to explain the principles of the invention.
[0023] In the drawings:
[0024] FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a con?guration of
include at least one of a broadcast receiving module 111, a
mobile communication module 112, a wireless Internet mod
ule 113, a short-range communication module 114, and a
location information module 115.
a mobile terminal to which an electronic device controlling
cast signals and/or broadcast associated information from an
external broadcast management server (or other network
entity) via a broadcast channel. The broadcast channel may
apparatus according to an embodiment of the present inven
tion has been applied;
[0025] FIG. 2 is a view showing a con?guration of an
electronic device controlling apparatus for a mobile terminal
according to a ?rst embodiment of the present invention;
[0026] FIG. 3 is a ?owchart showing an electronic device
controlling method for a mobile terminal according to the ?rst
embodiment of the present invention;
[0027] FIG. 4 is an exemplary view showing an electronic
device displayed on a display unit of an electronic device
controlling apparatus according to the ?rst embodiment of the
[0036]
The broadcast receiving module 111 receives broad
include a satellite channel and/or a terrestrial channel. The
broadcast management server may be a server that generates
and transmits a broadcast signal and/or broadcast associated
information or a server that receives a previously generated
broadcast signal and/or broadcast associated information and
transmits the same to a terminal. The broadcast associated
information may refer to information associated with a broad
cast channel, a broadcast program or a broadcast service
FIG. 5 is an exemplary view showing an image
provider. The broadcast signal may include a TV broadcast
signal, a radio broadcast signal, a data broadcast signal, and
the like. Also, the broadcast signal may further include a
(including keys) of a remote controller, the image displayed
broadcast signal combined with a TV or radio broadcast
on a display unit of an electronic device controlling apparatus
signal.
according to the ?rst embodiment of the present invention;
[0037] The broadcast associated information may also be
provided via a mobile communication network and, in this
case, the broadcast associated information may be received
by the mobile communication module 112. The broadcast
signal may exist in various forms. For example, it may exist in
the form of an electronic program guide (EPG) of digital
present invention;
[0028]
[0029] FIG. 6 is a ?owchart showing an electronic device
controlling method for a mobile terminal according to a sec
ond embodiment of the present invention; and
[0030] FIG. 7 is a ?owchart showing an electronic device
controlling method for a mobile terminal according to a third
embodiment of the present invention.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
[0031]
Description will now be given in detail of the exem
plary embodiments, with reference to the accompanying
drawings. For the sake of brief description with reference to
the drawings, the same or equivalent components will be
provided with the same reference numbers, and description
thereof will not be repeated.
multimedia broadcasting (DMB), electronic service guide
(ESG) of digital video broadcast-handheld (DVB-H), and the
like.
[0038]
The broadcast receiving module 111 may be con
?gured to receive signals broadcast by using various types of
broadcast systems. In particular, the broadcast receiving
module 111 may receive a digital broadcast by using a digital
broadcast system such as multimedia broadcasting-terrestrial
(DMB-T), digital multimedia broadcasting-satellite (DMB
[0032] Hereinafter, with reference to FIGS. 1 to 7, an elec
tronic device controlling apparatus for a mobile terminal and
a method thereof is discussed. The apparatus is capable of
S), digital video broadcast-handheld (DVB-H), the data
broadcasting system known as media forward link only (Me
diaFLO®), integrated services digital broadcast-terrestrial
conveniently and effectively remote-controlling an electronic
(ISDB-T), etc. The broadcast receiving module 111 may be
con?gured to be suitable for every broadcast system that
device by using a mobile terminal without a remote controller
of the electronic device.
[0033] FIG. 1 is a block diagram according to an embodi
ment showing a con?guration of a mobile terminal 100 to
which an electronic device controlling apparatus of the
provides a broadcast signal as well as the above-mentioned
digital broadcast systems. Broadcast signals and/or broad
cast-as sociated information received via the broadcast receiv
ing module 111 may be stored in the memory 160 (or anther
present invention has been applied. The mobile terminal (mo
type of storage medium).
bile communication terminal) 100 may be implemented in a
various forms such as mobile phones, smart phones, note
and/or receives radio signals to and/or from at least one of a
book computers, digital broadcast terminals, PDAs (Personal
Digital Assistants), PMPs (Portable Multimedia Player), etc.
terminal (e. g., other user devices) and a server (or other net
[0034] As shown in FIG. 1, the mobile terminal 100
includes a wireless communication unit 110, anA/V (Audio/
Video) input unit 120, a user input unit 130, a sensing unit
140, an output unit 150, a memory 160, an interface unit 170,
a controller 180, and a power supply unit 190, etc. FIG. 1
shows the mobile terminal 100 having various components,
but it is understood that implementing all of the illustrated
components is not a requirement. The mobile terminal 100
may be implemented by greater or fewer components.
[0035]
The wireless communication unit 110 typically
[0039]
The mobile communication module 112 transmits
base station (e.g., access point, Node B, etc.), an external
work entities). Such radio signals may include a voice call
signal, a video call signal or various types of data according to
text and/or multimedia message transmission and/or recep
tion.
[0040] The wireless Internet module 113 supports wireless
Internet access for the mobile terminal. This module may be
internally or externally coupled to the terminal. Here, as the
wireless Internet technique, a wireless local area network
(WLAN), Wi-Fi, wireless broadband (WiBro), world interop
erability for microwave access (WiMAX), high speed down
includes one or more components allowing radio communi
cation between the mobile terminal 100 and a wireless com
munication system or a network in which the mobile terminal
link packet access (HSDPA), and the like, may be used.
[0041] The short-range communication module 114 is a
module for supporting short range communications. Some
is located. For example, the wireless communication unit may
examples of short-range communication technology include
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BluetoothTM, Radio Frequency IDenti?cation (RFID), Infra
red Data Association (IrDA), Ultra-WideBand (UWB), Zig
BeeTM, and the like.
[0042]
The location information module 115 is a module
for checking or acquiring a location (or position) of the
mobile terminal (When the mobile terminal is located in a
vehicle, the location of the vehicle can be checked). For
example, the location information module 115 may be
embodied by using a GPS (Global Positioning System) mod
ule that receives location information from a plurality of
satellites. Here, the location information may include coor
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inputs), the orientation of the mobile terminal 100, an accel
eration or deceleration movement and direction of the mobile
terminal 100, etc., and generates commands or signals for
controlling the operation of the mobile terminal 100. For
example, When the mobile terminal 100 is implemented as a
slide type mobile phone, the sensing unit 140 may sense
Whether the slide phone is opened or closed. In addition, the
sensing unit 140 can detect Whether or not the poWer supply
unit 190 supplies poWer or Whether or not the interface unit
170 is coupled With an external device.
[0048]
The interface unit 170 (or other connection means)
dinate information represented by latitude and longitude val
serves as an interface by Which at least one external device
ues. For example, the GPS module may measure an accurate
may be connected With the mobile terminal 1 00. For example,
time and distance from three or more satellites, and accurately
calculate a current location of the mobile terminal according
to trigonometry based on the measured time and distances. A
ports, an external poWer supply (or battery charger) ports,
method of acquiring distance and time information from three
satellites and performing error correction With a single satel
lite may be used. In particular, the GPS module may acquire
an accurate time together With three-dimensional speed infor
mation as Well as the location of the latitude, longitude and
altitude values from the location information received from
the satellites. As the location information module 115, a Wi
Fi position system and/or a hybrid positioning system may be
used.
[0043] The A/V input unit 120 is con?gured to receive an
audio or video signal. The A/V input unit 120 may include a
the external devices may include Wired or Wireless headset
Wired or Wireless data ports, memory card ports, ports for
connecting a device having an identi?cation module, audio
input/output (I/O) ports, video I/O ports, earphone ports, or
the like. Here, the identi?cation module may be a memory
chip (or other element With memory or storage capabilities)
that stores various information for authenticating user’s
authority for using the mobile terminal 100 and may include
a user identity module (UIM), a subscriber identity module
(SIM) a universal subscriber identity module (U SIM), and the
like. In addition, the device having the identi?cation module
(referred to as the ‘identifying device’, hereinafter) may take
the form of a smart card. Accordingly, the identifying device
camera 121 (or other image capture device) and a microphone
122 (or other sound pick-up device). The camera 121 pro
cesses image data of still pictures or video obtained according
may be connected With the terminal 100 via a port or other
connection means. The interface unit 170 may be used to
to a video capturing mode or an image capturing mode. The
external device and transfer the received inputs to one or more
elements Within the mobile terminal 100 or may be used to
transfer data Within the mobile terminal to an external device.
processed image frames may be displayed on a display unit
151 (or other visual output device).
[0044] The image frames processed by the camera 121 may
be stored in the memory 160 (or other storage medium) or
transmitted via the Wireless communication unit 110. TWo or
more cameras 121 may be provided according to the con?gu
ration of the mobile terminal.
[0045] The microphone 122 may receive sounds (audible
data) via a microphone (or the like) in a phone call mode, a
recording mode, a voice recognition mode, and the like, and
can process such sounds into audio data. The processed audio
(voice) data may be converted for output into a format trans
mittable to a mobile communication base station (or other
netWork entity) via the mobile communication module 112 in
receive inputs (e.g., data, information, poWer, etc.) from an
[0049]
The output unit 150 is con?gured to provide outputs
in a visual, audible, and/ or tactile manner (e. g., audio signal,
video signal, alarm signal, vibration signal, etc.). The output
unit 150 may include the display unit 151, an audio output
module 152, an alarm unit 153, a haptic module 154, and the
like.
[0050]
The display unit 151 may display information pro
cessed in the mobile terminal 100. For example, When the
mobile terminal 100 is in a phone call mode, the display unit
151 may display a User Interface (UI) or a Graphic User
Interface (GUI) associated With a call or other communica
tion (such as text messaging, multimedia ?le doWnloading,
case of the phone call mode. The microphone 122 may imple
etc.). When the mobile terminal 100 is in a video call mode or
ment various types of noise canceling (or suppression) algo
image capturing mode, the display unit 151 may display a
rithms to cancel (or suppress) noise or interference generated
in the course of receiving and transmitting audio signals.
[0046] The user input unit 130 (or other user input device)
may generate key input data from commands entered by a
captured image and/or received image, a UI or GUI that
shoWs videos or images and functions related thereto, and the
like.
[0051] The display unit 151 may include at least one of a
user to control various operations of the mobile terminal. The
user input unit 130 alloWs the user to enter various types of
information, and may include a keypad, a dome sWitch, a
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), a Thin Film Transistor-LCD
(TFT-LCD), an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) dis
touch pad (e. g., a touch sensitive member that detects changes
in resistance, pressure, capacitance, etc. due to being con
tacted) a jog Wheel, a jog sWitch, and the like. In particular,
When the touch pad is overlaid on the display unit 151 in a
layered manner, it may form a touch screen.
[0047]
The sensing unit 140 (or other detection means)
play, a ?exible display, a three-dimensional (3D) display, or
the like. The mobile terminal 100 may include tWo or more
display units (or other display means) according to its par
ticular desired embodiment. For example, the mobile termi
nal may include both an external display unit (not shoWn) and
an internal display unit (not shoWn).
[0052] When the display unit 151 and the touch pad are
detects a current status (or state) of the mobile terminal 100
overlaid in a layered manner to form a touch screen, the
such as an opened or closed state of the mobile terminal 100,
a location of the mobile terminal 100, the presence or absence
of user contact With the mobile terminal 100 (i.e., touch
display unit 151 may function as both an input device and an
output device. The touch sensor may have the form of, for
example, a touch ?lm, a touch sheet, a touch pad, and the like.
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The touch sensor may be con?gured to convert the
eration sensor or aY-axis directional acceleration sensor is to
pressure applied to a particular portion of the display unit 151
or a change in capacitance generated at a particular portion of
the display unit 151 into an electrical input signal. The touch
be used for a certain reason, a separate piece substrate may be
used and the acceleration sensor may be mounted on a main
corresponding signal(s) are sent to a touch controller (not
substrate.
[0060] The audio output module 152 may output audio data
received from the Wireless communication unit 110 or stored
in the memory 160 in a call signal reception mode, a call
mode, a record mode, a voice recognition mode, a broadcast
shoWn). The touch controller processes the signal(s) and
reception mode, and the like. Also, the audio output module
sensor may be con?gured to detect a touch input pressure as
Well as a touch input position and a touch input area. When
there is a touch input With respect to the touch sensor, the
transmits corresponding data to the controller 180. Accord
ingly, the controller 180 can recogniZe a touched region of the
display unit 151.
[0054] Proximity touch in the present exemplary embodi
ment refers to recognition of the pointer positioned to be close
to the touch screen Without being in contact With the touch
output module 152 may include a receiver, a speaker, a
buZZer, etc.
[0061] The alarm unit 153 outputs a signal for informing
about an occurrence of an event of the mobile terminal 100.
screen.
[0055]
152 may provide audible outputs related to a particular func
tion (e.g., a call signal reception sound, a message reception
sound, etc.) performed in the mobile terminal 100. The audio
A proximity sensor 141 may be may be disposed
Events generated in the mobile terminal may include call
Within the mobile terminal covered by the touch screen or
signal reception, message reception, key signal inputs, and
near the touch screen. The proximity sensor 141 refers to a
the like. In addition to video or audio signals, the alarm unit
153 may output signals in a different manner, for example, to
sensor for detecting the presence or absence of an object that
accesses a certain detect surface or an object that exists
inform about an occurrence of an event. For example, the
nearby by using the force of electromagnetism or infrared
alarm unit 153 may output a signal in the form of vibration.
When a call signal is received or a message is received, the
alarm unit 153 may vibrate the mobile terminal through a
vibration means. Or, When a key signal is inputted, the alarm
unit 153 may vibrate the mobile terminal 1 00 through a vibra
tion means as a feedback With respect to the key signal input.
Through the vibration, the user may recogniZe the occurrence
of an event. A signal for notifying about the occurrence of an
event may be output to the display unit 151 or to the voice
output module 152.
rays Without a mechanical contact. Thus, the proximity sen
sor 141 has a longer life span compared With a contact type
sensor, and it can be utiliZed for various purposes.
[0056] The example of the proximity sensor 141 may be a
transmission type photo sensor, a direct re?ection type photo
sensor, a mirror-re?ection type photo sensor, an RF oscilla
tion type proximity sensor, a capacitance type proximity sen
sor, a magnetic proximity sensor, an infrared proximity sen
sor. When the touch screen is an electrostatic type touch
screen, an approach of the pointer is detected based on a
[0062]
The haptic module 154 generates various tactile
effects the user may feel. A typical example of the tactile
change in an electric ?eld according to the approach of the
pointer. In this case, the touch screen (touch sensor) may be
effects generated by the haptic module 154 is vibration. The
classi?ed as a proximity sensor.
strength and pattern of the haptic module 154 can be con
trolled. For example, different vibrations may be combined to
[0057]
In the folloWing description, for the sake of brevity,
screen Without being contacted Will be called a ‘proximity
be outputted or sequentially outputted.
[0063] Besides vibration, the haptic module 154 may gen
touch’, While recognition of actual contacting of the pointer
erate various other tactile effects such as an effect by stimu
recognition of the pointer positioned to be close to the touch
on the touch screen Will be called a ‘contact touch’. In this
lation such as a pin arrangement vertically moving With
case, When the pointer is in the state of the proximity touch, it
means that the pointer is positioned to correspond vertically
respect to a contact skin, a spray force or suction force of air
through a jet ori?ce or a suction opening, a contact on the
skin, a contact of an electrode, electrostatic force, etc., an
to the touch screen.
[0058] The proximity sensor 141 detects a proximity touch
and a proximity touch pattern (e.g., a proximity touch dis
tance, a proximity touch speed, a proximity touch time, a
proximity touch position, a proximity touch movement state,
or the like), and information corresponding to the detected
effect by reproducing the sense of cold and Warmth using an
element that can absorb or generate heat.
[0064]
The haptic module 154 may be implemented to
alloW the user to feel a tactile effect through a muscle sensa
tion such as ?ngers or arm of the user, as Well as transferring
proximity touch operation and the proximity touch pattern
the tactile effect through a direct contact. TWo or more haptic
can be outputted to the touch screen.
modules 154 may be provided according to the con?guration
[0059]
of the mobile terminal 100. The haptic module 154 may be
provided to a place Which is frequently in contact With the
user. For example, the haptic module 154 may be provided to
a steering Wheel, a gearshift, a lever, a seat, and the like.
[0065] The memory 160 may store softWare programs used
The sensing unit 140 may include an acceleration
sensor 142. The acceleration sensor 142, an element for con
verting a change in acceleration in one direction into an
electrical signal, is Widely used in line With the development
of a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) technique.
The acceleration sensor 142 includes various types of sen
for the processing and controlling operations performed by
sors: an acceleration sensor installed in an air-bag system of a
the controller 180, or may temporarily store data (e. g., a map
vehicle to measure a great value of acceleration used for
detecting a collision, an acceleration sensor for recognizing a
?ne operation of a user’s hand so as to be used as an input unit
for games, or the like. The acceleration sensor 142 is con?g
data, phonebook, messages, still images, video, etc.) that are
inputted or outputted.
ured such that tWo axes or three axes are mounted on a single
package, and only a Z axis may be required according to a
usage environment. Thus, When an X-axis directional accel
[0066] The memory 160 may include at least one type of
storage medium including a Flash memory, a hard disk, a
multimedia card micro type, a card-type memory (e.g., SD or
DX memory, etc), a Random Access Memory (RAM), a
Static Random Access Memory (SRAM), a Read-Only
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Memory (ROM), an Electrically Erasable Programmable
Read-Only Memory (EEPROM), a Programmable Read
grammable gate arrays (FPGAs), processors, controllers,
micro-controllers, microprocessors, electronic units
Only memory (PROM), a magnetic memory, a magnetic disk,
designed to perform the functions described herein. In some
cases, such embodiments may be implemented by the con
troller 180 itself. For softWare implementation, the embodi
and an optical disk. Also, the mobile terminal 100 may be
operated in relation to a Web storage device that performs the
storage function of the memory 160 over the Internet.
ments such as procedures or functions described herein may
[0067]
The interface unit 170 serves as an interface With
be implemented by separate software modules. Each software
every external device connected With the mobile terminal
100. For example, the external devices may transmit data to
an external device, receives and transmits poWer to each
element of the mobile terminal 100, or transmits internal data
of the mobile terminal 1 00 to an external device. For example,
the interface unit 170 may include Wired or Wireless headset
ports, external poWer supply ports, Wired or Wireless data
ports, memory card ports, ports for connecting a device hav
module may perform one or more functions or operations
described herein. Software codes can be implemented by a
softWare application Written in any suitable programming
language. The software codes may be stored in the memory
160 and executed by the controller 180.
[0073] The voice recognition module 182 recognizes a
voice pronounced by the user and performs a corresponding
function according to the recognized voice signal.
ing an identi?cation module, audio input/output (I/O) ports,
[0074]
video I/O ports, earphone ports, or the like. Here, the identi
minal 100 serves to generate road guide information based on
?cation module may be a chip that stores various information
map data and current position information, and to inform the
for authenticating the authority of using the mobile terminal
generated road guide information to a user.
A navigation session 300 applied to the mobile ter
100 and may include a user identity module (UIM), a sub
[0075] An electronic device controlling apparatus applied
scriber identity module (SIM) a universal subscriber identity
module (U SIM), and the like. In addition, the device having
the identi?cation module (referred to as ‘identifying device’,
to the mobile terminal 100 according to the present invention
comprises a camera 121, a Wireless communication unit 110,
hereinafter) may take the form of a smart card. Accordingly,
the identifying device may be connected With the terminal
100 via a port. The interface unit 170 may be used to receive
device identi?er through the Wireless communication module
110, from an electronic device displayed on the display unit
inputs (e.g., data, information, poWer, etc.) from an external
by the camera 121), con?gured to receive the electronic
device identi?er from the electronic device, con?gured to
device and transfer the received inputs to one or more ele
ments Within the mobile terminal 100 or may be used to
transfer data betWeen the mobile terminal and an external
device.
[0068] When the mobile terminal 100 is connected With an
external cradle, the interface unit 170 may serve as a passage
to alloW poWer from the cradle to be supplied there through to
and a controller 180 con?gured to request an electronic
151 through the camera 121 (or an electronic device focused
recognize the received electronic device identi?er, con?gured
to receive, from a server, through a communication netWork,
electronic device information matching With the recognized
electronic device identi?er, and con?gured to control the
electronic device through the Wireless communication unit
the mobile terminal 100 or may serve as a passage to alloW
110 based on the received electronic device information. The
electronic device identi?er may include a product number, a
various command signals inputted by the user from the cradle
serial number, a model name, and so on.
to be transferred to the mobile terminal there through. Various
command signals or poWer inputted from the cradle may
operate as signals for recognizing that the mobile terminal is
properly mounted on the cradle.
[0076] The electronic device information may include
remote control information (or remote controller informa
[0069] The controller 180 typically controls the general
operations of the mobile terminal. For example, the controller
instance, When the electronic device is a television (such as a
digital TV or a 3-D TV), the electronic device information
180 performs controlling and processing associated With
voice calls, data communications, video calls, and the like.
may include remote controller information including channel
The controller 180 may include a multimedia module 181 for
tional information of the television, and so on.
tion) for remote-controlling the electronic device, and/or a
manual (product manual) of the electronic device. For
information, volume information, setting information, addi
reproducing multimedia data. The multimedia module 181
[0077]
may be con?gured Within the controller 180 or may be con
include the same image as a substantial remote controller of
?gured to be separated from the controller 180.
[0070] The controller 180 may perform a pattern recogni
tion processing to recognize a handWriting input or a picture
the electronic device. For instance, the controller 180 dis
plays, on the display unit 151, a remote controller image
draWing input performed on the touch screen as characters or
troller 180 activates keys (or buttons) of the remote controller
images, respectively.
image displayed on the display unit 151 based on the remote
controller information. Accordingly, a user may remotely
[0071] The poWer supply unit 190 receives external poWer
or internal poWer and supplies appropriate poWer required for
operating respective elements and components under the con
trol of the controller 180.
[0072] Various embodiments described herein may be
implemented in a computer-readable or its similar medium
The remote controller information may further
included in the remote controller information. Then, the con
control the electronic device by selecting a desired key (or
button) of the remote controller image displayed on the dis
play unit 151.
[0078] Hereinafter, an electronic device controlling appa
ratus and a method thereof according to a ?rst embodiment of
using, for example, softWare, hardWare, or any combination
thereof. For hardWare implementation, the embodiments
described herein may be implemented by using at least one of
the present invention Will be explained With reference to
application speci?c integrated circuits (ASICs), digital signal
method thereof according to a ?rst embodiment of the present
invention may be applied not only to a mobile communication
terminal such as the mobile terminal 100, a portable phone, a
processors (DSPs), digital signal processing devices
(DSPDs), programmable logic devices (PLDs), ?eld pro
FIGS. 2 to 5.
[0079]
The electronic device controlling apparatus and the
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telematics terminal and a navigation apparatus, but also to a
mobile communication terminal such as a smart phone, a
notebook computer, personal digital assistants (PDA) and a
portable multimedia player (PMP).
[0080] FIG. 2 is a view showing a con?guration of an
electronic device controlling apparatus for a mobile terminal
according to a ?rst embodiment of the present invention.
[0081] As shown in FIG. 2, the electronic device control
ling apparatus according to the ?rst embodiment of the
present invention comprises a camera 205, a communication
module 202, and a controller 201. The controller 201 is con
?gured to request an electronic device identi?er through the
communication module 202, from an electronic device 400
displayed on a display unit 203 through the camera 205 (or an
electronic device 400 focused by the camera 205). The con
troller 201 is also con?gured to receive the electronic device
identi?er from the electronic device 400, con?gured to rec
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of the electronic device when the electronic device is dis
played on the display unit 203 through the camera, based on
electronic device information matching with an electronic
device identi?er received from the electronic device.
[0087] Hereinafter, a method for controlling an electronic
device according to the ?rst embodiment of the present inven
tion will be explained with reference to FIGS. 2 to 5.
[0088] FIG. 3 is a ?owchart showing an electronic device
controlling method for a mobile terminal according to the ?rst
embodiment of the present invention. The method of FIG. 3
can be implemented in the devices of FIGS. 1 and 2.
[0089] Firstly, the controller 201 checks whether an elec
tronic device control menu or an electronic device control
icon displayed on the display unit 203 has been selected by a
user (S11).
[0090]
If an electronic device control menu or an electronic
device control icon displayed on the display unit 203 has been
ogniZe the received electronic device identi?er. The control
selected by a user as a result of the check (S11), the controller
ler 201 is also con?gured to receive, from a server 500,
through a communication network, electronic device infor
201 operates the camera 205 (S12).
[0091] When an electronic device 400 (e.g., a television, a
media player, an air conditioner, etc.) is displayed on the
display unit 203 through the camera 205, the controller 201
requests the electronic device identi?er from the electronic
mation matching with the recogniZed electronic device iden
ti?er. The controller 201 is also con?gured to control the
electronic device 400 through the communication module
202 based on the received electronic device information. The
electronic device identi?er may include a product number, a
device 400 through the communication module 202 (S13).
serial number, a model name, and so on.
[0092] FIG. 4 is an exemplary view showing an electronic
device displayed on the display unit of an electronic device
[0082] The electronic device information may include
remote control information (remote controller information)
for remote-controlling the electronic device, and/or a manual
(product manual) of the electronic device. For instance, when
controlling apparatus according to the ?rst embodiment of the
present invention.
[0093] As shown in FIG. 4, when an electronic device 4-1 is
displayed on the display unit 203 through the camera 205, the
the electronic device is a television, the electronic device
information may include remote controller information
controller 201 transmits, to an infrared ray module 401 of the
electronic device 400, a message requesting the electronic
device identi?er, through an infrared ray module inside the
communication module 202. The infrared ray module 401 of
including channel information, volume information, setting
information, additional information of the television, and so
on.
[0083]
The remote controller information may further
include the same image as a substantial remote controller of
the electronic device. For instance, the controller 201 dis
plays, on the display unit 203, a remote controller image
included in the remote controller information. Then, the con
troller 201 activates keys (or buttons) of the remote controller
image displayed on the display unit 203 based on the remote
controller information. Accordingly, a user may remotely
control the electronic device 400 by selecting a desired key
(or button) of the remote controller image displayed on the
display unit 203.
[0084]
The communication module 202 may include a
broadcasting reception module, a mobile communication
module, a wireless internet module, a short-range communi
cation module, a position information module, and so on.
And, the short-range communication module may include a
Bluetooth module, an RFID (Radio Frequency Identi?cation)
module, an lrDA (Infrared Data Association) module, a UWB
(Ultra Wideband) module, a ZigBee module, and so on.
[0085] The controller 201 may read the electronic device
information matching with the recognized electronic device
identi?er, not only from the server 500, but also from a stor
age unit 204. Then, the controller 201 may control the elec
tronic device 400 through the communication module 202
based on the read electronic device information.
the electronic device 400 includes an infrared ray receiver and
an infrared ray transmitter. Here, the electronic device 400
transmits the electronic device identi?er, to the communica
tion module 202 through the infrared ray module 401, based
on the message requesting the electronic device identi?er, the
message received from the infrared ray module 401. The
electronic device may be a television, a media player (e.g., a
blue-ray or other compact disc player), etc., and the electronic
device identi?er may be a product number, a serial number, a
model name, etc. of a television, a media player (e. g., a
blue-ray or other compact disc player), etc.
[0094] The communication module 202 receives the elec
tronic device identi?er from the electronic device 400 (S14),
and outputs the received electronic device identi?er to the
controller 201.
[0095] The controller 201 recogniZes the electronic device
identi?er output from the communication module 202 (S15),
and requests electronic device information matching with the
recognized electronic device identi?er, from the server 500,
through a communication network (S16).
[0096] The server 500 searches, from a database, electronic
device information matching with the electronic device iden
ti?er, and transmits the searched electronic device informa
tion to the communication module 202 through the commu
nication network. The electronic device information indicates
information for remote-controlling the electronic device
(e.g., a television, a media player, an air conditioner, etc.).
[0086] The electronic device controlling apparatus for a
mobile terminal according to the present invention is capable
of conveniently and effectively remote-control an electronic
When the electronic device is implemented as a media player,
the electronic device information may include channel infor
device by using a mobile terminal without a remote controller
mation, volume information, setting information, additional
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information of the media player, and so on. Here, the remote
controller information may further include the same image as
a substantial remote controller of the electronic device.
[0097] The communication module 202 receives the elec
tronic device information from the server 500 (S17), and
outputs the received electronic device information to the con
troller 201.
[0098] The controller 201 remote-controls the electronic
device 400 based on the electronic device information output
from the communication module 202 (S18). For instance, the
controller 201 displays, on the display unit 203, a remote
controller image included in the remote controller informa
tion. Then, the controller 201 activates keys (or buttons) of the
remote controller image displayed on the display unit 203
based on remote controller information inside the electronic
device. Accordingly, a user may remotely control the elec
tronic device 400 by selecting a desired key (or button) of the
remote controller image displayed on the display unit 203.
[0099]
FIG. 5 is an exemplary vieW shoWing an image
(including keys) of a remote controller, the image displayed
on a display unit of an electronic device controlling apparatus
according to the ?rst embodiment of the present invention.
[0100] As shoWn in FIG. 5, the controller 201 displays, on
the display unit 203, a remote controller image 5-1 included
in the remote controller information. Then, the controller 201
activates keys (or buttons or other input devices) of the remote
controller image 5-1 displayed on the display unit 203 based
on remote controller information (e.g., button values or key
values) inside the electronic device 400.Accordingly, the user
may remotely control the electronic device 400 by selecting a
desired key (or button or predetermined area) of the remote
controller image displayed on the display unit 203. The
method for controlling the electronic device 400 through the
communication module (e.g., the infrared ray communica
tion module 401) by selecting a button (or key) has been
already disclosed, and thus detailed explanations thereof Will
be omitted.
[0101] The electronic device controlling apparatus for a
mobile terminal according to the ?rst embodiment of the
present invention is capable of conveniently and effectively
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[0105] Then, the controller 201 checks Whether an elec
tronic device has been recogniZed, based on the image dis
played on the display unit 203 (S22). For instance, the con
troller 201 analyZes features of an image displayed on the
display unit 203 through the camera 205. Then, the controller
201 searches for images having something in common With
the displayed image, among electronic device images pre
stored in the storage unit 204, thereby recognizing an elec
tronic device image based on the displayed image.
[0106]
When an electronic device is recogniZed based on
the displayed image, the controller 201 requests an electronic
device identi?er from the electronic device 400 through the
communication module 202 (S23). For instance, When an
electronic device is recogniZed based on the displayed image,
the controller 201 transmits a message requesting the elec
tronic device identi?er, to the infrared ray module 401 of the
electronic device 400, through an infrared ray module inside
the communication module 202. The infrared ray module 401
of the electronic device 400 includes an infrared ray receiver
and an infrared ray transmitter. Here, the electronic device
400 transmits the electronic device identi?er, to the commu
nication module 202 through the infrared ray module 401,
based on the message requesting the electronic device iden
ti?er, the message received through the infrared ray module
401.
[0107] The communication module 202 receives the elec
tronic device identi?er from the electronic device 400 (S24),
and outputs the received electronic device identi?er to the
controller 201.
[0108] The controller 201 recogniZes the electronic device
identi?er output from the communication module 202 (S25),
and searches for electronic device information matching With
the recogniZed electronic device identi?er, from the storage
unit 204 (S26). The electronic device information is pre
stored in the storage unit 204. The electronic device informa
tion includes an electronic device manual and/or a remote
controller menu for remote-controlling the electronic device
(e. g., a television, a media player, an air conditioner, etc .). The
remote controller menu includes an image of a remote con
troller Which remote-controls the electronic device, and keys
of the remote controller. For instance, When the electronic
device is implemented as a media player, the keys of the
remote-control an electronic device by using a mobile termi
nal Without a remote controller of the electronic device When
the electronic device is displayed on the display unit 203
through the camera, based on electronic device information
matching With the electronic device identi?er received from
the electronic device.
mation, volume information, setting information, additional
[0102]
plays, on the display unit 203, a remote controller menu
Hereinafter, an electronic device controlling appa
ratus for a mobile terminal and a method thereof according to
a second embodiment of the present invention Will be
explained With reference to FIGS. 2 and 6. The electronic
remote controller include keys for controlling channel infor
information of the media player, and so on.
[0109] The controller 201 reads the electronic device infor
mation searched from the storage unit 204 (S27), and dis
(remote controller menu corresponding to the electronic
device) included in the read electronic device information
(S28). The remote controller menu displayed on the display
device controlling apparatus and the method thereof accord
ing to the second embodiment of the present invention may be
unit 203 includes a remote controller image and buttons
applied not only to a mobile communication terminal such as
the mobile terminal 100, a telematics terminal and a naviga
tion apparatus, but also to a mobile communication terminal
such as a smart phone, a notebook computer, personal digital
(keys) are activated based on channel information, volume
assistants (PDA) and a portable multimedia player (PMP).
(keys, code values corresponding to keys). Here, the buttons
information, setting information, additional information, and
so on.
[0110] The controller 201 controls the electronic device
through the communication module (e.g., infrared ray com
[0103] FIG. 6 is a ?owchart shoWing an electronic device
controlling method for a mobile terminal according to the
second embodiment of the present invention. The method of
FIG. 6 may be implemented in the devices of FIGS. 1 and 2.
munication module) according to a menu selected from the
remote controller menu by the user (S29).
[0104] Firstly, the controller 201 displays, on the display
unit 203, an image captured by the camera 205 (S21).
played on the display unit 203 through the camera, and a
remote controller menu for controlling the recogniZed elec
[0111]
In the second embodiment of the present invention,
an electronic device is recogniZed based on an image dis
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tronic device is displayed on the display unit 203. This may
channel information, volume information, setting informa
alloW the user to rapidly and easily select a remote controller
tion, additional information, and so on.
menu of the corresponding electronic device through the
[0120] The controller 201 controls the electronic device
through the communication module (e.g., infrared ray com
camera.
[0112]
Hereinafter, an electronic device controlling appa
munication module) according to a menu selected from the
ratus for a mobile terminal and a method thereof according to
remote controller menu by a user (S36).
a third embodiment of the present invention Will be explained
[0121] In the third embodiment of the present invention, an
electronic device is recogniZed based on an image displayed
on the display unit 203 through the camera, and the recog
niZed electronic device image is transmitted to the server.
Then, electronic device information matching With the elec
tronic device image is received from the server. This may
With reference to FIGS. 2 and 7. The electronic device con
trolling apparatus and the method thereof according to the
third embodiment of the present invention may be applied not
only to a mobile communication terminal such as the mobile
terminal 100, a telematics terminal and a navigation appara
tus, but also to a mobile communication terminal such as a
alloW a remote controller menu to be displayed as the user
smart phone, a notebook computer, personal digital assistants
merely captures a corresponding electronic device through
(PDA) and a portable multimedia player (PMP).
the camera.
[0113] FIG. 7 is a ?owchart shoWing an electronic device
controlling method for a mobile terminal according to the
third embodiment of the present invention. The method of
FIG. 7 may be implemented in the devices of FIGS. 1 and 2.
[0114] Firstly, the controller 201 displays, on the display
unit 203, an image captured by the camera 205 (S31).
[0115] Then, the controller 201 checks Whether an elec
tronic device has been recogniZed based on the image dis
played on the display unit 203 (S32). For instance, the con
troller 201 analyZes features of an image displayed on the
display unit 203 through the camera 205. Then, the controller
201 searches for images having something in common With
the displayed image, among electronic device images pre
stored in the storage unit 204, thereby recognizing an elec
tronic device image based on the displayed image.
[0122]
As aforementioned, in the embodiments of the
present invention, the electronic device controlling apparatus
for a mobile terminal according to the present invention is
capable of conveniently and effectively remote-control an
electronic device by using a mobile terminal Without a remote
controller of the electronic device When the electronic device
is displayed on the display unit through the camera, based on
electronic device information matching With an electronic
device identi?er received from the electronic device.
[0123] In the embodiments of the present invention, an
electronic device is recogniZed based on an image displayed
on the display unit through the camera, and a remote control
ler menu for controlling the recognized electronic device is
displayed on the display unit. This may alloW a user to rapidly
and easily select the remote controller menu of the corre
electronic device and a background to the server 500, or may
sponding electronic device through the camera.
[0124] In the embodiments of the present invention, an
electronic device is recogniZed based on an image displayed
on the display unit through the camera, and the recogniZed
electronic device image is transmitted to the server. Then,
electronic device information matching With the electronic
device image is received from the server. This alloWs the
transmit only an image corresponding to the recogniZed elec
remote controller menu to be displayed on the display unit as
tronic device to the server 500.
a user merely captures the corresponding electronic device
through the camera.
[0116] When an electronic device has been recogniZed
based on the displayed image, the controller 201 transmits the
recogniZed electronic device image to the server 500 through
the communication module 202 (S33). Here, the controller
201 may transmit an entire image including the recogniZed
[0117]
The server 500 searches, from a database, electronic
device information matching With the recogniZed electronic
[0125]
device. Then, the server 500 transmits the searched electronic
device information to the controller 201 through the commu
nication module 202. The electronic device information
merely exemplary and are not to be construed as limiting the
The foregoing embodiments and advantages are
present disclosure. The present teachings can be readily
applied to other types of apparatuses. This description is
includes an electronic device manual and/ or a remote control
intended to be illustrative, and not to limit the scope of the
ler menu for remote-controlling the electronic device (e. g., a
claims. Many alternatives, modi?cations, and variations Will
television, a media player, an air conditioner, etc.). The
be apparent to those skilled in the art. The features, structures,
methods, and other characteristics of the exemplary embodi
remote controller menu includes an image of a remote con
troller Which remote-controls the electronic device, and keys
of the remote controller. For instance, When the electronic
device is implemented as a media player, the keys of the
remote controller include keys for controlling channel infor
ments described herein may be combined in various Ways to
obtain additional and/ or alternative exemplary embodiments.
[0126] As the present features may be embodied in several
forms Without departing from the characteristics thereof, it
information of the media player, and so on.
should also be understood that the above-described embodi
ments are not limited by any of the details of the foregoing
[0118]
description, unless otherWise speci?ed, but rather should be
mation, volume information, setting information, additional
The controller 201 receives the electronic device
information matching With the recogniZed electronic device
image (S34).
[0119]
The controller 201 displays, on the display unit 203,
a remote controller menu (remote controller menu corre
sponding to the electronic device) included in the received
electronic device information (S35). The remote controller
construed broadly Within its scope as de?ned in the appended
claims, and therefore all changes and modi?cations that fall
Within the metes and bounds of the claims, or equivalents of
such metes and bounds are therefore intended to be embraced
by the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
menu displayed on the display unit 203 includes a remote
1. A mobile terminal, comprising:
controller image and buttons (keys, code values correspond
a camera;
a memory;
ing to keys). Here, the buttons (keys) are activated based on
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a display unit;
a Wireless communication module; and
a controller operatively connected to the camera, the
memory, the display unit, and the Wireless communica
tion module, the controller con?gured to
determine an identi?er of an electronic device that has
been or is currently vieWed by the camera,
send the identi?er to one of the memory and a remote
server connected to the Wireless communication mod
ule,
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11. A method for controlling an electronic device With a
mobile terminal, the method comprising:
determining, by the mobile terminal, an identi?er of the
electronic device that has been or is currently vieWed by
a camera associated With the mobile terminal;
sending, by the mobile terminal, the identi?er to one of a
memory associated With the mobile terminal and a
remote server Wirelessly connected to the mobile termi
nal;
receiving, by the mobile terminal, electronic device infor
receive electronic device information corresponding to
mation corresponding to the identi?er from the one of
the memory and the remote server; and
the identi?er from the one of the memory and the
controlling, by the mobile terminal, the electronic device
remote server, and
control the electronic device based on the received elec
tronic device information.
2. The mobile terminal of claim 1, Wherein the controller is
con?gured to determine the identi?er by Wirelessly receiving
the identi?er from the electronic device in response to a
request Wirelessly transmitted from the mobile terminal to the
electronic device.
3. The mobile terminal of claim 1, Wherein the identi?er of
the electronic device comprises one of a product number, a
serial number and a model name of the electronic device.
4. The mobile terminal of claim 1, Wherein the electronic
device information comprises a displayable user manual of
the electronic device or a displayable user data of the elec
tronic device.
5. The mobile terminal of claim 1, Wherein the electronic
device information comprises remote controller information
for remote-controlling the electronic device via the mobile
terminal.
6. The mobile terminal of claim 5, Wherein the electronic
device information further comprises image data correspond
ing to the remote controller information.
7. The mobile terminal of claim 6, Wherein the controller is
con?gured to
display an image of a remote controller on the display unit
based on the image data, and
remote-control the electronic device via the displayed
image of the remote controller.
8. The mobile terminal of claim 1, Wherein the controller is
con?gured to display one of an electronic device control
menu and an electronic device control icon each con?gured to
enable a user to command the mobile terminal to determine
the identi?er of the electronic device.
9. The mobile terminal of claim 1, Wherein the controller is
con?gured to determine the identi?er based on a matching of
an image of the electronic device captured by the camera to an
image or other data stored in the one of the memory and the
remote server.
10. The mobile terminal of claim 9, Wherein the controller
is con?gured to receive the identi?er from the electronic
device in response to a request Wirelessly transmitted from
the mobile terminal to the electronic device after the matching
of the image of the electronic device captured by the camera
based on the received electronic device information.
12. The method of claim 11, further comprising:
Wirelessly receiving, by the mobile terminal, the identi?er
from the electronic device in response to a request Wire
lessly transmitted from the mobile terminal to the elec
tronic device.
13. The method of claim 11, Wherein the identi?er of the
electronic device comprises one of a product number, a serial
number and a model name of the electronic device.
14. The method of claim 11, Wherein the electronic device
information comprises a displayable user manual or a dis
playable user data.
15. The method of claim 11, Wherein the electronic device
information comprises remote controller information for
remote-controlling the electronic device via the mobile ter
minal.
16. The method of claim 15, Wherein the electronic device
information further comprises image data corresponding to
the remote controller information.
17. The method of claim 16, further comprising:
displaying an image of a remote controller on a display unit
of the mobile terminal based on the image data; and
remote-controlling, by the mobile terminal, the electronic
device via the displayed image of the remote controller.
18. The method of claim 11, Wherein the step of determin
ing comprises:
displaying, by the mobile terminal, one of an electronic
device control menu and an electronic device control
icon each con?gured to enable a user to command the
mobile terminal to begin to determine the identi?er of
the electronic device.
19. The method of claim 11, Wherein the step of determin
ing comprises:
determining the identi?er based on a matching of an image
of the electronic device captured by the camera to an
image or other data stored in the one of the memory and
the remote server.
20. The method of claim 19, further comprising:
receiving the identi?er from the electronic device in
response to a request Wirelessly transmitted from the
mobile terminal to the electronic device after the match
ing of the image of the electronic device captured by the
camera to the image or other data stored in the one of the
memory and the remote server.
to the image or other data stored in the one of the memory and
the remote server.
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