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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GRAPHICAL
CONTENT AND MEDIA MANAGEMENT,
SORTING, AND RETRIEVAL
(76) Inventors:
Christopher F. BORTNER, York,
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MCDONALD, Fairfax, VA (US);
Thomas M
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A system and method graphically displays similar or dispar
ate forms of information for the purpose of sorting, searching,
organizing, accessing, and using the information that con
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other input device. The carousel design alloWs the user to
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information using commands to spin the carousel right or left,
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oruse the sort, sub-sort, search, or text skip ahead commands.
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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GRAPHICAL
CONTENT AND MEDIA MANAGEMENT,
SORTING, AND RETRIEVAL
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
[0001] The present application claims priority to provi
sional application Ser. No. 61/142,525, ?led Jan. 5, 2009, the
contents of Which are incorporated herein by reference.
[0006] In accordance With the invention, all of the results
(from sort, search, etc.) may be contained in the carousel With
only a subset of the results being visible to the user at a given
time. The number of elements in the subset can be changed to
accommodate user preference, functionality for screen siZe,
image siZe, or responsiveness of user interface. For example,
if the user has currently selected all music CDs in their col
lection that begins With the letter “R”, and the subset is set to
15 elements, then only 15 images Would be shoWn on the
screen to represent 15 of the CDs. As the user spins the
carousel left or right then images Would appear in the direc
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
tion the user spins and disappear on the trailing edge of the
[0002] The present invention relates to a system for dis
playing information to a user. More particularly, the present
invention relates to a system for displaying multiple elements
used to display any amount of information (data elements)
of information to a user in a carousel.
screen.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0003]
This invention relates to a system and method to
manage and present information, media, content, search
results, and sorts to a user(s) in an easy to understand graphi
cal manner using a large display and a remote control or other
command input device. There has been an explosion of digital
media (pictures from digital cameras, music from CDs and
Internet doWnloads, videos from camcorders and Internet
sites, movies from DVD and Internet doWnloads) that con
sumers generate or purchase and users need an neW innova
tive Way to manage the access to the incredible range of
information that is available to them. This has happened at the
same time that there has been a convergence of different
industries (telecommunications, cable TV, satellite TV, com
puter, and Internet services) bringing the computer and Inter
net into the living room. Many inventions have focused on the
Ways for users to get more and better search results. But, the
present invention may change the Way the a user interacts
With information, products, content, or media that the user is
interested in accessing. The bene?t to the consumer is to have
an easy Way to visually see, interact With, sort, ?nd, and select
the information, content, media, or product that they Want
from a distance While they are on their couch.
[0004] US. Pat. No. 7,437,351 to Page is a Method for
Searching Media and is an example of inventions that address
the gathering of search results but does not address hoW the
information that the user is requested is organiZed, sorted, and
presented to the user. In fact, every patent searched focused on
carousel. This invention enables the same user interface to be
Without requiring the user to page up or doWn, or to refresh the
[0007] The addition of a sort command, Which is available
to the user (through a remote control, keyboard, mouse, voice
command, or other device that receives user commands), that
enables the user to select predetermined sorts of the informa
tion to be displayed on the carousel. The prede?ned sorts can
either be previously de?ned by the user, default sorts, deter
mined by the type of information being sorted, or determined
by data associated With the information. This differs from
prior art, Which requires the user to select a sort feature and
then select the type of sort. The one step sort command
signi?cantly simpli?es the use for the user and speeds access
to the required information.
[0008] The carousel 1) can contain large amounts of data
elements (search or sort results) While limiting the number
results shoWn to the user at once through the subset setting, 2)
has a sort command and 3) the graphical nature of the data
element representation enable this user interface to easily be
used for any type of media, content, product, or service. This
invention of aggregating information (media, content, prod
ucts, services, search results) using these three features
enables users to easily sort though disparate or similar types
of information With the same easy method. A carousel can
contain many different types of information and results. For
example, if the user searching an online store using the search
phrase “Beatles” then the results could contain music from
the band The Beatles, books about the band The Beatles,
movies about The Beatles, and clothes With The Beatles on
them. Using the sort button, the user Would dynamically be
presented With the different Ways this data could be sorted
(Music, Books, Movies, Clothes, etc.).
methods for searching for information and not on an inven
tion for Which the results of a search (typically on the Internet)
are presented to the user.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
[0005] According to the invention, a system and method is
provided that focuses on the process for aggregating infor
mation (media, content, products, services, search results,
sort results) and organiZing the information into graphical
images displayed to a user to enable easy revieW, retrieval,
selection, access, or manipulation. FIGS. 1-6 are representa
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0009]
FIG. 1 shoWs the Graphic User Interface (GUI) of
the preferred embodiment of the invention, With a subset
setting of 15 and 83 elements in the carousel;
[0010] FIG. 2 shoWs a detailed information vieW;
[0011] FIG. 3 is a carousel layout for a subset setting of 15
elements, With greater than 15 elements in the carousel;
[0012] FIG. 4 is a carousel layout for 15 elements, With
exactly 15 elements in the carousel;
monitor, display, projector, screen, or other device designed
[0013] FIG. 5 is an illustrative embodiment of textual and
graphical area for user information;
[0014] FIG. 6 is an illustrative embodiment of the carousel
to shoW images. The information may be organized in a
carousel that spins left or right based on input from the user.
FIG. 5 shoWs hoW different areas of the display may be
layout for a subset setting of 15 elements, With only 5 ele
ments in the carousel;
[0015] FIG. 7 is a front plan vieW of the controller of the
con?gured to convey information to the user. FIG. 1 shoWs a
screen shot of an actual implementation of this GUI.
present invention;
tions of hoW information may be presented to a user on a TV,
[0016]
FIG. 8 is a rear plan vieW ofthe controller;
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[0017]
FIG. 9 is a top plan view of the remote control
device; and
[0018] FIG. 10 is a ?ow chart showing operation of the
controller.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
EMBODIMENTS
[0019] In describing a preferred embodiment of the inven
tion illustrated in the drawings, speci?c terminology will be
resorted to for the sake of clarity. However, the invention is
not intended to be limited to the speci?c terms so selected,
and it is to be understood that each speci?c term includes all
technical equivalents that operate in similar manner to
accomplish a similar purpose.
[0020]
Turning to the ?gures, FIG. 1 is an example of an
implementation of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) using the
system and method of the present invention. As illustrated,
the invention is utiliZed to provide a user with information
about movie titles available to the user. In the illustrated
embodiment, there are 15 elements (i.e., movies) displayed,
and there are a total of 83 elements in the carousel. The
invention allows for users to assign graphical images to infor
mation using Internet image searches or using images that
have been made locally available to the system by a hard drive
?le, attached device (like USB drive), or on the local network.
[0021] The ability for the user to select and customiZe the
images assigned to the information enables the user to per
sonaliZe their experience using this invention. Many pieces of
information (media) contain meta data, which is data that
describes and provides information about the media. Accord
ing to this invention, information may be used as a way to
enable sorts and search of the information. This enables the
user to ?nd information quicker, more easily, more enj oyably,
and to handle different forms of information. The invention
may also provide the user with ways to add or edit meta data
to further customiZe their experience using the invention.
[0022] A preferred implementation of the invention for
graphically displaying, sorting, searching, and selecting
information is a software program or series of programs run
ning on a computer system connected to a display device. A
programmer may write the software to act as a Graphical User
Interface (GUI) to enable a user to graphically view, sort,
search, access, and manipulate information that was either
contained on, connected to, or accessible by the computer
system. To implement this invention, a graphical image may
be assigned to each piece of information that will be presented
to the user. A generic image, like a graphic that says Missing
Image, can be displayed for all information that does not yet
have an image assigned to it. For information that comprises
are not displayed. This prevents screen clutter and keeps the
GUI clear for the user. FIG. 4 shows how the graphical images
could be displayed if there are exactly 15 elements in the
carousel and the subset setting is equal to 15. In this case the
images in position 7L and 7R are displayed as rectangles (?at)
and there is no position 8, since all the images in the carousel
are displayed. When the number of images to be displayed are
less than the subset setting then the position of the images
around the carousel are spread out so that they still convey the
circular notion of a carousel to the user. See FIG. 6 for an
example of this. It is left to the implementation of the inven
tion to de?ne the exact layout and position of the images for
the different combinations of Graphical Images being dis
played when this value is less than the Subset Setting.
[0025] Textual or graphical information may be displayed
at different locations on the screen to show the name of the
selected element, the current sort or sub-sort, the number of
elements in the carousel, the type of information in the car
ousel, the status of actions by the user, and the progress of
playing or copying media.
[0026] FIG. 5 shows an example of one implementation for
how textual and graphic information could be shown on the
screen around the carousel to provide information to the user.
FIGS. 3-5 have different positions on the carousel and the
locations on the screen for textual and graphic information.
The S position shows the current selected element of the
carousel. This is a special position in the carousel because
information about this element can be displayed and addition
actions can be taken from this position. For example, if it is a
movie, the Title can be displayed below it, it can be played by
the user issuing a command (by remote control, keyboard,
voice, RS232, IP, or any other means the system can accept
commands). Addition options are presented to the user for the
selected element. These options are dependent on the type of
element. Example: If element is music then the user would be
able to play the music, view info about the music (artist,
tracks, etc.), edit information, play speci?c track, etc. If the
element is a product the user wishes to purchase then the
options would be purchase product, get product details, add to
cart, add to wish list, etc.
[0027] The IR position is one position to the right of the
selected element and can be selected by spinning the carousel
to the right one position using the right command (by remote
control, keyboard, voice, RS232, IP, or any other means the
system can accept commands). Likewise, the 2R-7R posi
tions are two-seven positions, respectively, to the right of the
selected element and can be selected by spinning the carousel
to the right two-seven positions, respectively, using the right
command (by remote control, keyboard, voice, RS232, IP, or
screen about a selected movie title that displays a user select
any other means the system can accept commands).
[0028] The IL position is one position to the left of the
selected element and can be selected by spinning the carousel
to the left one position using the left command (by remote
able image and user editable meta data.
control, keyboard, voice, RS232, IP, or any other means the
media, like music or movies, the cover art of the CD or DVD
is typically used as the display image for the information.
[0023]
[0024]
FIG. 2 shows an example of a detailed information
FIG. 3 shows an example ofhow the carousel posi
system can accept commands). Likewise, the 2L-7L positions
implementations of this invention are possible. This example
are two-seven positions, respectively, to the left of the
selected element and can be selected by spinning the carousel
is based on a subset setting of 15 elements and assumes that
more than 15 elements are available in the carousel to be
to the left two-seven positions, respectively, using the left
command (by remote control, keyboard, voice, RS232, IP, or
displayed. Since only 15 elements are displayed, and there are
are logically placed on the carousel between the locations 7L
any other means the system can accept commands).
[0029] The area 1 shows a pointer to the selected element
and textually displays the elements name or information that
describes the element. For instance, in FIG. 1 the name of the
and 7R on FIG. 3 but their corresponding graphical images
movie “Accepted” is displayed. The number of elements 2 in
tions could appear on a screen. Other con?gurations and
more than 15 elements in this search or sort carousel, then the
graphical images for those elements are not displayed. They
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the current carousel is displayed. For instance, in FIG. 1, the
total number of elements (i.e., movies in the illustrated
embodiment) 2 in the carousel is 83. The current sort type 3
(example: Alphabetical or Genre) or the search criteria (ex
ample: Beatles) is also displayed. In FIG. 1, the sort type 3 is
shoWn as Alphabetical. The current mode or type of data 4
being displayed on the carousel, preferably as a graphic. In
FIG. 1, an icon is shoWn for movies. Other types of data 4
include music, pictures, and search results.
[0030] A multipurpose area 5 is provided Which shoWs
information to the user. It can be used to shoW the name and
title of content that is being added to the memory. It can also
be used to shoW the status to the user of connection to neW
content, and other multiple purposes. The user progress status
6 is provided to display copies and other actions taken by the
be traversed. The Sub-Sort DoWn Would be the opposite
direction of the Sub-Sort Up. Example: If the user selects an
Alphabetical Sort, then the Sub-Sort DoWn Would take the
user through sub-sorts (Z, Y, X, V, etc.).
[0034]
The Search action causes a search WindoW to open
so that the user can enter a search request. The search WindoW
has The results of the search Will be presented in a carousel
according to the results and the subset setting. The Text Skip
Ahead action causes the carousel to spin to the next element
that corresponds With the text command Example: If the
carousel is an alphabetical list of products, then issuing the
“I” command (Which Would be pressing the 5 button on the
remote control) Would rotate the carousel to the ?rst element
that starts With a J or the available alphabetical character.
user. This is also a multipurpose area. The media information
Pressing the 5 button again Would rotate to the ?rst element
7 is provided to display information to the user about the
that starts With a K. The Menu action causes a Menu to open
content that is currently being played. It is also a multipurpose
area.
[0031] A blank area 8 is shoWn in FIGS. 3 and 5, and is
Where it appears that all elements go When they rotate off of
the carousel. This blank area 8 is important to limiting the
amount of information that is presented to the user. This area
is used to “hold” elements Whenever the carousel contains
that presents the user With options based on the position in the
user interface and the element that is selected.
[0035] The Mode action causes the user interface to change
to a different set of elements to be displayed on the carousel.
Speci?c Mode Commands can be mapped to speci?c sets of
elements. Example: A mode change could change from Mov
ies to Music and then to Home Movies. Speci?c Mode Com
mands can be assigned to take a user directly to Pictures,
more elements then the subset setting. For instance, if the
number of elements to be displayed (referred to as subset
setting) is seven and only six elements are returned from the
search/sort, then all six Will be displayed, as shoWn in FIG. 4
to be liked to each desired mode.
for ?fteen elements. If the search/sort retums eight elements,
then only seven Would be displayed and the eighth element
option of storing their purchase information (like credit card
Would only be seen When the carousel is rotated.
[0032] A number of actions are available Which permit the
or PayPal information) to speed the process on subsequent
purchases. Control is a set of actions that is determined by the
selected element. If this selected element is a movie, then the
user to control the GUI. These actions are taken in response to
commands received from the user. These user commands can
be a result of remote control, keyboard, mouse, voice, RS232,
IP, or any other input that is designed to enable user com
mands to control actions. For instance, the Right command is
an action Which causes the carousel to rotate to the right to the
next element. The Left command or action causes the carou
sel to rotate to the left to the next element. The Sort Up action
causes a neW sort of the information to produce a neW carou
Movies, Music, etc. This requires a speci?c mode command
[0036] The Buy action causes initiates the process of pur
chasing the currently selected element. The user Will have the
controls Would be Play, Stop, Pause, Fast Forward, ReWind,
Skip Forward, Skip BackWard, Information, Menu. The con
trol actions for picture Would be Play SlideshoW, Edit, Rotate,
Fix Red Eye, Place is Album.
[0037] When the Sort command/action is requested by the
user then the current carousel may be replaced With a neW
carousel and the images on the screen may be updated to
re?ect the assigned images for the elements of the neW car
sel of elements. The Up implies the direction through Which
ousel. A visual cue may be provided to indicate to the user
the prede?ned list of available sorts Will be traversed. The
Why the carousel has changed. For instance, the current car
ousel disappears and the neWly loaded content appears from
Sort DoWn action causes a neW sort of the information to
produce a neW carousel of elements. The DoWn implies the
direction through Which the prede?ned list of available sorts
Will be traversed. The Sort DoWn Would be the opposite
direction of the Sort Up.
[0033]
The Information command causes more detailed
information about the element that is selected to be displayed.
The type of information and the options displayed are depen
dent on the type of element selected (Movie, Music, Product,
Service, etc.). The Sub-Sort Up action causes a neW sort of the
information to a neW carousel of elements but the neW sort is
organiZed as a sub-sort of the existing sort. The Up implies the
direction through Which the prede?ned list of available sub
sorts Will be traversed. The Sub-Sort Up Would be the oppo
site direction of the Sub-Sort DoWn. For instance, if the user
selects an Alphabetical Sort, then the Sub-Sort Up Would take
the user through sub-sorts (#, A, B, C, etc.). The Sub-Sort
DoWn action causes a neW sort of the information to a neW
carousel of elements but the neW sort is organiZed as a sub
sort of the existing sort. The DoWn implies the direction
through Which the prede?ned list of available sub-sorts Will
the center of the screen and expands out to meet the standard
diameter of the carousel, so that the different items in the
carousel don’t seem to suddenly change their pictures Without
offering the notion that a neW selection has appeared and is
available.
[0038] Again, if the number of elements in the carousel is
greater than the subset setting, then the number of graphical
images displayed Would be equal to the subset setting and the
remaining images Would not be displayed according to inven
tion. The same invention may be used if the results to be
displayed come from a search command/action. The sort
commands/actions available to the user may be implemented
by determining the types of sorts that the program Wishes to
make available to the user. These are called predetermined
sorts. A list of these sorts can offered to the user to directly
access through the Sort Up and Sort DoWn commands/ac
tions. The programmer may implement this method by Writ
ing algorithms to sort through the information and create a
neW carousel of graphic images to be displayed to the user
according to the methods provided above.
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[0039]
The number of prede?ned sorts, the types of sorts,
and the order of the sorts is left to the programmer’s discretion
and implementation. It is possible for the programmer to
make the number of sorts, types of sorts, and order of the sorts
programmable so that they can be easily changed by the end
length, genre etc. The user can also vieW a movie and load
another movie simultaneously and listen to music While load
ing movies or music.
[0044] The invention has full-featured parental controls
With passcode access, supports resolutions of 480i, 480p,
user to customize their system. The programmer can also
720p, 1080i, 1080p, supports HDMI (High-De?nition Mul
implement sort options to the user based on the type of infor
timedia Interface) and Component outputs, and supports 480i
mation provided. For example, if the user directed the system
over AV output (composite) or S-Video (Separate Video). In
addition, the invention has stereo, 7.1 Surround, Digital Pass
to shoW information from an Internet based products com
pany like WWW.amaZon.com, then the programmer could
enable sorting options for the user based on the types of
products available (Books, CDs, DVDs, Toys, electronics,
etc.). These sorts need not be predetermined but may instead
be dynamic in nature and dependent on the meta data (or just
data) that describes the information. Product databases for
online companies typically include pictures, pricing, fea
tures, descriptions, and category information that the pro
grammer can use to create dynamic sort and search options
for the user.
[0040]
The present invention may be run on a computer that
has connections to enable it to display the GUI implementa
tion on a large display and be controlled With a remote con
trol. The user’s manual shoWs hoW the menu structure and
command structures can be implemented to create a func
tional product from this invention for graphically displaying,
sorting, searching, accessing, and manipulation information,
media, and content.
[0041] A procedure for hoW this invention may be used to
sort, search, and navigate information is as folloWs. The
invention displays on the screen a carousel With elements
shoWn from the current sort or search results. If no elements
meet the search or sort criteria then a message is presented
that no elements meet the criteria. If the number of elements
Thru (SPDIF iSony Philips Digital Interface) audio output.
It has a Wired or Wireless netWork connection, front panel
control, and movie and music information and cover doWn
load via Internet. It further has standard AV equipment
dimensionsil2.6"(D)><l6.9"(W)><3.I"(H)iand service for
easy updates.
[0045]
In accordance With a preferred embodiment, the
invention is a controller 100 With a remote control device 200.
The controller 100 includes inputs 110 and outputs 120. The
outputs 120 include video and audio ports to receive connec
tions such as, for instance, an HDMI cable for a HDMI
compatible TV. A Wired netWork connection can be used by
connecting an Ethernet cord to the back of the controller 100.
A Wireless connection can also be used. The front panel of the
controller 100 includes the folloWing inputs 110: USB (Uni
versal Serial Bus) 2.0 Port for USB devices (i.e. keyboard,
speakers, etc.); IEEE 1394 Port (4-pin) for FireWire or
i.LINK cables; and, headphone port for a headphone to be
plugged in. In addition, the folloWing command signals are
provided on the front panel: Stop Button, to display/remove
main menu and stop a movie and returns to home screen; Play
Button, to play selected movie or select the desired action
from a menu, and to play the selected movie; Replay Button
to sort movies by category doWn or step through menu
choices doWn, and to step backWard through chapters;
issues additional commands (actions).
ReWind Button, to rotate through library to the left or step
through menu choices left, and to move backWard through
movie-hold doWn to continue reWind; Fast Forward Button,
to rotate through library to the right or step through menu
choices right, and to move forWard through movie, press up to
3 times to fast forWard more rapidly; Skip Button, to sort
movies by category up or step through menu choices up, and
to step forWard through chaptcrs; PoWcr Button, to turn on/off
[0042] The user issues one or more of the commands Which
are available to the user, and can take other actions. The
the controller 100; and Eject Button, to eject a DVD/CD, if
loaded. In addition, the front panel of the controller 100
elements in the carousel and the elements displayed on the
screen are updated according to the command issues by the
user and the results of the action, Which are frequently depen
dent on the data elements and the user’s command. This
includes a Slot-in Optical Disk Drive Which accepts a DVD/
that meet the criteria is greater than 0 and less than or equal to
the subset setting, then all of these elements are displayed in
the carousel. If the number of elements that meet the criteria
is greater than subset setting, then only a number of element
equal to the subset setting are displayed and the remaining
elements Will be displayed as the user rotates Right or Left or
CD, and an Integrated VFD Module, Which displays the cur
rent status of the controller 100.
navigation, sort, or search command, but rather another
[0046] The back panel of the controller 100 includes a
PoWer SWitch, Which controls poWer supply to system, and a
PoWer Jack (AC in), Which connects to a poWer cord. The
action, such as an action that starts the media playing, starts a
back panel also has various output jacks 120, including Com
purchase transaction, or other action. The operation of the
user interface, that this invention enables, may be performed
by using the commands. The user may be presented With
graphical information presented in the form shoWn in FIG. 1.
ponent Video Out to receive component video cables (red,
continues until the user issues a command Which is not a
[0043]
The present invention alloWs the user to create a
green, and blue); Audio RCA (Radio Corporation of
America) Out, Which receive Audio RCA cables; HDMI Out
(HDMI cable can be plugged in here); USB 2.0 Ports (U SB
devices i.e. keyboard, speakers, etc. can be plugged in here);
customiZed movie and music library With the click of a but
IEEE 1394 Port (6-pin) (FireWire or i.LINK cables can be
ton. The user can electronically store home and studio movie
plugged in here); A/V (Audio/Video) Out (A/V cablesired,
White, and yelloW4can be plugged in here); S-Video Out
collections in an easy-to-use format, electronically store a
user’s music collection, de-clutter the entertainment area by
storing DVDs and CDs someWhere else for safe keeping, and
quickly select a movie or music from the visually dynamic
(S-Video cable can be plugged in here);
[0047] SCART Out (SCART cable can be plugged in here);
VGA (Video Graphics Array) Out (D-Sub) (VGA cable can
carousel-style interface on the TV screen. In addition, the user
be plugged in here); LAN (Local Area NetWork) Jack (R145)
can instantly sort the movies by alphabet, year, rating, movie
(Internet cable can be plugged in here); PCI (Peripheral Com
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ponent Interconnect) Expansion Slot (expansion slot avail
able for hardware upgrades); Digital Audio Out (Coaxial)
vdcss”. The user then goes to the Main Menu and selects
(Coaxial audio cable can be plugged in here); and Digital
Audio Out (Optical) (Optical audio cable can be plugged in
Settings. On the Settings menu, select Install and use the text
keys on the remote control to type in “libdvdcss” by ?nding
the remote button that displays the correct letter, and pressing
here).
it until the proper letter appears on the screen. This corre
[0048] The remote control device 200 has buttons which
are used by the user to control the operation of the controller
100, including those set forth in Table 1 below.
the third letter, the use will press the button 3 times. Lower
case letters will appear ?rst, followed by upper case as the
sponds to the placement of the letter on the button, i.e., if it is
TABLE 1
Remote Control Guide
Button
1 Power
2 Sort
Description
Displays the Power Offmenu. To turn on Controller 100, use
the Power Button on the front of the unit.
Selects Sort category. Movie categories are Alphabetical,
Genre, Rating, Runtime, and Year. Music are Alphabetic, Artist,
Genre.
3 Info
Displays information about the selected movie.
4 Up
5 Right
While watching movie, displays movie menu.
Sorts movies by category; steps through menu choices.
Rotates through library to the right; steps through menu choices.
6 OIQPlay
Plays selected movie/music or selects the desired action from a
menu.
7 Pause
8 Alphanumerical
Pauses movie.
Pauses/Starts Music/Restarts Last Selection.
Note: Pause then FF is slow motion.
Enter numbers or text for various menu choices, also, while
viewing DVD: 1B — Resets Zoom: [6 — Zooms Out: [9 —
9 S/Space
Capture
10 Mute
11 VOL+
12 VOL-
Zooms In
Enter FIVE or blank space for various menu choices. Also used
for Cover Capture — see Loading Home Movies.
Turns sound off.
Increases volume.
Decreases volume.
13 Next
14 Previous
Steps forward through chapters while watching movie.
Steps backward through chapters while watching movie.
15 Rewind
16 Fast
Forward
l7 Clear/Del
18 Down
Moves backward through movie — hold down to continue
rewind.
Moves forward through movie, press up to 3 times to fast
forward more rapidly.
Clears text.
19 Stop
20 Left
Sorts movies by category; steps through menu choices.
Stops the selected movie.
Rotates through library to the left; steps through menu
21 Back
22 Menu
choices.
Displays the Home screen.
Displays/removes main menu.
23 Aspect
24 Subtitle
Selects aspect ratio options. At the Home Screen, the Pause
button must be pressed directly prior to the Aspect button being
pressed in order to change aspect ratio.
Multi-purpose: Switches Media Mode between Films, Music,
and Home Movies. While viewing movies it displays subtitles,
press to select subtitle language.
25 Audio
Multi-purpose: If available, displays language options.
For music, it will turn the On Screen Display On and Off.
[0049] The operation of the controller 100 proceeds in
accordance with step 10 of FIG. 10, where the user can load
movies or music to the user’s library. To load a movie on the
controller 100, the user will ?rst see a welcome message. The
user then loads a selected DVD into the controller 100 by
inserting the selected DVD into the disk drive. The user is
user continues to press the button. The cursor waits for the
then presented with the options of Play DVD, Add Movie to
upon restart.
Library, Add Entire DVD to Library, or Eject DVD. The user
uses the Up and Down buttons to select Add Movie to Library
orAdd Entire DVD to Library, and clicks OK. In addition, the
?rst time a studio movie is loaded, the system must install a
shown in the embodiment of FIG. 1. The user can go to the
Main Menu and select DVD Menu to Add Movie to Library or
“libdvdcss” DVD player library from the Internet. Accord
ingly, a message appears to explain the installation of “libd
user to enter the next letter. The Clear button is used to clear
text as needed. Installation then proceeds, and a message
appears “Installing libdvdcss . . . ”. A message “Installation
Complete” will display when done, and the controller 100
will automatically restart. “Package Installed” will display
[0050]
At this point, the Home screen appears, such as
Add Entire DVD to Library. The system may determine that
the movie already exists, or ask the user to rename the movie.
If the title is correct or not renamed, the user veri?es that the
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movie already exists by selecting Cancel Addition to return to
the Home screen and search the carousel of movies for exist
ence of the movie. The Home screen appears again, and the
top left comer of the screen displays the title of the movie
being added to the library With the status of the loading
displayed in the top right comer of the screen. If the proper
title of the movie is not displayed While the DVD is loading,
a search for the correct title can be conducted at a later time.
[0051]
Once the movie is added to the user’s library, the
cover art is displayed on the Home screen. After the movie is
loaded, a menu may appear that alloWs the user to choose the
correct title of the movie. The user may scroll doWn the list of
title choices and select the correct name of the movie. The
cover art and movie title Will then be added to the user’s
library. If the user does not see the correct movie title listed,
the movie title can be changed. At any time during this load
ing process, the user can cancel the addition to the library.
[0052] At step 10, the user can also load home movies onto
the controller 100 to be placed into the user’s library. Loading
home movies is the same as loading studio movies With one
exception (Which may be optional). Before loading a home
arroW) to select “Change Cover” and Press OK. At any time
during the loading of the music, the user can decide to cancel
the addition to the library.
[0055] At this point, the home screen shoWn in FIG. 1 is
displayed, and the system proceeds to step 12 of FIG. 10. The
number of images that can be displayed on the Home Page is
de?ned by the user, so that only a subset of movies/music is
displayed at any one time if there are more movies/music than
permitted by the user to be displayed. Here, the user can vieW
the carousel of loaded movies/music on the Home screen, and
enter commands, step 14. The bottom left comer shoWs an
icon for the currently selected mode (Films, Music, or Home
Movies). The bottom left corner also displays the currently
selected sort mode (Alphabetical, Genre, Rated, Runtime, or
Year). The most prominently displayed and highlighted
movie in the carousel can be selected to play by clicking the
OK button. With the use of the remote control, the user can
easily sort and select movies from the library.
[0056]
From the home screen, the user can use the remote
control 20 to perform various functions. For instance, the user
can use the OK Button to play the selected movie, steps 20,
22. The Right ArroW rotates and selects the movie on the right
of the current movie into vieW, and the Left ArroW rotates and
selects the movie on the left of the current movie into vieW,
movie into the user’s library, the user changes the mode on the
controller 100 to “Home Movie”. On the Main Menu, the user
highlights Mode: Films and press the right arroW button on
the remote control until Home Movies is displayed. The user
selects Home Movies. In addition, the user uses the Capture
steps 32, 34. The Sort Button navigates through the different
methods of sorting, steps 24, 26. The Up/DoWn ArroWs navi
gate through the method of sorting that is selected, steps 28,
button (0) on the remote 200 to select a scene from the user’s
home movie to use as the cover art to represent that home
30. The Menu Button displays the Main menu, the Info But
ton brings up information about the selected title, and the
movie on the carousel. The user presses Capture (0) during
the chosen scene and it Will automatically be selected and
PoWer Button displays the PoWer Off menu.
[0057] In addition, the remote control 200 can be used to
select Film, Home Movie, or Music Mode. To do so, the user
applied as the cover art.
[0053]
The controller 100 currently supports camcorder
functions through a FireWire ori.LINK cable. The camcorder
is connected to the 4-pin IEEE 1394 port in the front or the
6-pin IEEE 1394 port in the back. To load a movie from a
camcorder, the user Would go to the Main Menu, highlight
Mode, select Home Movies, and press OK. Turn the cam
presses Menu, uses the Up/DoWn buttons to highlight the
“Mode:” selection, use Left/Right buttons to select desired
mode (“Films”, “Music”, or“Home Movies”), press OK. The
controller 100 Will sWitch to the desired mode and display the
Home carousel, steps 16, 18.
[0058]
To Watch a movie, the user clicks OK When the
corder on and set it to the point Where the user Would like to
desired movie is presented on the Home screen as the user
begin the Home Movie. A menu is then displayed for the user
to either Play or Add Movie to Library. If Add Movie to
Library is selected, the user is prompted to enter a title for the
home movie. The camcorder Will begin to play from its cur
rotates through the carousel of movies. The controller 100 has
rent position. To stop recording, go to the Main Menu, select
Camcorder, and select Finish Addition. Cover art can then be
added to the home movie. To play a movie from a camcorder,
select Play from the Camcorder menu.
[0054] Music can also be loaded to the controller 100 and
added to the user’s library, at step 10. Prior to the installation
of music on the controller 100, a “Music Library is empty”
message is displayed on the screen. The user then loads the
sorting capabilities via the Sort button and Up/DoWn buttons,
steps 28, 30. All three buttons Will help the user narroW doWn
the choices, thus re?ning the selection process. To listen to
music, the user clicks OK When the desired CD is presented
on the Home screen as the user rotates through the carousel of
music.
[0059] The controller 100 is also able to sort the movies,
steps 24, 26. The bottom left-hand corner of the Home screen
displays the sorting category that is currently selected, along
With the number of movies in each category. The default
category is “Alphabetical”, as is shoWn in FIG. 1. The Genre
selected CD into the controller 100 by inserting the selected
sub-category displayed is driven by the sub-categories of
CD into the disk drive. The user is then presented With a menu
movies loaded into the library. For example, if the user has
loaded science ?ction and comedy movies, the user Will see
“Genre: Science Fiction” and “Genre: Comedy”. As more
movies are loaded into the library With a variety of genres,
more Genre sub-categories Will appear.
to either Play CD, Add Music CD to Library, or Eject CD. The
user selects Play CD or Add Music CD to Library. The Home
screen appears, and the top left comer of the screen displays
the title of the music being added to the library With the status
of the loading displayed in the top right corner of the screen.
Once the music is added to the user’s library, the cover art is
displayed on the Home screen. The cover art and CD title Will
then be added to the user’s library. The user may change the
title and/or cover art via the Main Menu entry for the title.
This is done by rotating to the desired CD, press the Menu
button, Press OK on “Selected Album”, Pressi(DoWn
[0060]
To select a category, the user Would click on Sort and
keep clicking until the desired category is displayed. The
Up/DoWn buttons are used to rotate through sub-categories
Within the category selected. The Left/Right buttons are used
to revolve through the carousel of displayed movies until the
desired one is prominently displayed. Click OK to start the
movie. The user can also Watch a movie even While a movie is
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being loaded into the library. The user Would rotate through
the movie is not displayed While the DVD is loading, a search
the library from the Home screen and click OK to Watch the
chosen movie. The selected movie Will play as the movie load
for the correct title can be conducted at a later time if neces
continues. The user can also listen to music even While a
movie/music is being loaded into the library. The user Would
rotate through the library from the Home screen and click OK
to listen to a chosen Album. The selected title Will play as the
movie/music load continues.
[0061] When the Menu button is selected, a Main Menu is
displayed for Selected Movie, DVD Menu (this only appears
sary.
[0065] Once the movie is added to the library, the cover art
is displayed on the Home screen and the addition is re?ected
in the category choices at the bottom of the screen. After the
movie is loaded, a menu may appear that alloWs the user to
choose the correct title of the movie. Scroll doWn the list of
title choices and highlight the correct name of the movie.
Click OK. The cover art and movie title Will then be added to
the user’s library. If the correct movie title is not listed, the
user can edit the movie title.
When a DVD is physically in the DVD drive), Mode:, Parental
Controls, Settings, and PoWer Off. The Main menu is the
primary means of operating the controller 100. If Selected
Movie is chosen, the user can either Play Selected, ShoW Info,
Edit Info, or Delete Selected. To play the selected movie, the
user Would choose Play Selected. When ShoW Info is
the folloWing: Language Options, Sneak Peeks, Scene Selec
selected, a screen similar to the one shoWn in FIG. 2 is
into tWo major types: “Films” and “Home Movies”. If
displayed. This screen can also be displayed from the Home
screen by clicking the Info button. As shoWn, this screen
shoWs an enlarged cover-art photo, the title, a brief overvieW
[0066]
The Add Entire DVD to Library option loads the
additional items that come on the DVD as Well as the feature
movie. The extra items on a DVD may vary, but often include
tion, and Special Features. This may not be an option for
every movie Which is added to the library.
[0067]
The controller 100 alloWs the user to group movies
“Films” is selected, the carousel on the Home screen Will
of the plot, and other information about the movie, including
re?ect this by displaying only movies classi?ed as ?lms (stu
dio movies) With the full range of sorting capabilities. Like
Wise, if the user has selected “Home Movies”, only movies
director, cast, Writer, genre, year, run-time, user rating (1 - l 0),
and parental rating information. From this screen, the user
With the full range of sorting capabilities. The selected mode
classi?ed as home movies Will be displayed in the carousel
can play the movie, or hit the Back Button or Menu Button to
is indicated in the bottom left hand corner of the Home screen
return to the Home screen.
With an icon.
[0062] If the Edit Info option is selected, the user can
change the movie title as needed. The controller 100 searches
the Internet for title information, Which may sometime result
in several options. The user can vieW the possible title options
by selecting Search Internet for Movie Info. The user can also
specify Whether the selected movie is a “Film” or a “Home
Movie”. When the user ?rst loaded the movie into the library,
it is classi?ed based on the mode the user selected at the time
of loading. When the user selects to Search Internet for Movie
Info, the various title options are displayed if the controller
100 is connected to the Internet and has found information
options When searching the Internet. Multiple movies may be
listed here. The controller 100 highlights a best option, but the
user can select any of the titles or enter a neW title. All relevant
movie information is updated based on the user’s selection.
[0063] The user can also use the Adjust Level option to
change the rating level of the movie on a scale from l-5 and
click OK. The default for this option is the MPAA rating. The
user can also clear the existing information for the selected
movie. To do this, highlight Clear Info and click OK. The
movie title Will be reset to the title originally chosen by the
controller 100. Use Search Internet for Movie Info option to
recapture the cover art and shoW information. The user can
also delete the selected movie from the library.
[0064]
When a DVD is inserted into the controller 100, a
DVD menu is available. The DVDI menu alloWs the user to
Play DVD, Add Movie to Library, Add Entire DVD to
Library, or Eject DVD. The user selects Play DVD if the user
Wishes to play the DVD Without loading it into the user’s
library. Selecting Add Movie to Library usually means that
only the feature movie from the DVD Will be loaded into the
user’s library. If there is a collection of items on the DVD, the
softWare Will select the largest item, Which is usually the
[0068] The Parental Controls option alloWs the user to
setup a passcode to Disable Parental Controls, Block, or Set
Passcode. If Disable Parental Controls is selected, the paren
tal control level is disabled alloWing all movies to be dis
played. The Block option is used to specify the ratings of
movies that is to be blocked from vieWing in the carousel of
movies. For example, selecting a rating of PG-l3 Will block
PG-l3 rated movies and higher from being displayed on the
carousel for vieWing. Use the Left/Right arroW to change this
setting and click OK. Select “None” to alloW all movies to be
displayed. The Set Passcode option is used When the user is
initially setting up a passcode or Wishes to change an existing
passcode.
[0069]
The Settings option alloWs the user to manage some
of the basic properties of the controller 100, including Net
Working, Audio, Camcorder, Remote Delay Rate, Check for
Updates, Install, Send Reports, and displays the number of
hours of storage available in the controller 100.
[0070]
The NetWorking option presents a menu having
NetWorking, Status, Connection, Con?guration, IP, Refresh
NetWork, Signal Strength, Wireless Setup and Static IP Setup.
The NetWorking option displays the system’s netWork con
nection status. The Connection option lets the user choose
betWeen a Wired or Wireless netWork. The Con?guration
option lets the user choose betWeen a DHCP (Dynamic Host
Con?guration Protocol) connection and Static IP connection.
The IP option displays the system’s netWork Internet protocol
(IP) address. The Refresh NetWork option resets the Internet
connection. The Signal Strength option displays the strength
of signal for Wireless connection. The Wireless Setup option
is reached by selecting Wireless for Connection type in the
Networking menu and click OK. The user can select a Net
Work by using the Left/Right arroWs. If the netWork router
security is turned off (no passWord), click OK. If there is
security for the user’s netWork, the user must enter the pass
Word, select the passWord format, and click OK. Formats
feature movie, but not alWays. If the feature movie is not
supported include WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) (hex),
added, choose to add the entire DVD. The Home screen
appears. At the top left corner of the screen is displayed the
WPA, and WPA2 (Wi-Fi ProtectedAccess). Finally, under the
Networking option, the Static IP Setup option alloWs the user
title of the movie being added to the library along With the
to manually enter the IP address on the given line. The user
should then select Refresh NetWork.
status of the load in the top right comer. If the proper title of
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[0071] Under the Settings option, the Audio option allows
4. A system for managing information comprising:
the user to choose betWeen Stereo, 7.1 Surround, and Digital
Pass Thru. The Camcorder option alloWs the user to choose
betWeen Standard and High Def. The Remote Delay Rate
a memory that can store information and can store addi
option has a default value of 300. If the user ?nds that the
remote responds too quickly or double clicks, this setting can
a processor for:
be increased. If the remote responds too sloWly, this setting
can be decreased. The Check for Updates option is used to
tional information that is the result of a search or sort
process, and
assigning a graphical picture to represent each element
of information that is stored in the memory despite the
type of information,
update the controller 100. The controller 100 Will access the
enabling a user to reassign or select a different graphical
Internet and check for controller 100 updates. If available, the
controller 100 Will be automatically updated. If no updates
are available, a message Will be displayed. The Install option
displaying a set of information using the graphical pic
picture representation for each element of informa
tion,
ture representation of the elements of information in a
is used to install extra softWare packages as needed. The Send
carousel format to enable the user to see the informa
Reports option is used to send log reports so they can be
revieWed to resolve problems. The Storage option displays
tion,
limiting the number of elements of information dis
the number of hours of free space remaining on the controller
100.
[0072] The foregoing description and draWings should be
considered as illustrative only of the principles of the inven
tion. The invention may be con?gured in a variety of shapes
and siZes and is not intended to be limited by the preferred
embodiment. Numerous applications of the invention Will
readily occur to those skilled in the art. Therefore, it is not
desired to limit the invention to the speci?c examples dis
closed or the exact construction and operation shoWn and
described. Rather, all suitable modi?cations and equivalents
may be resorted to, falling Within the scope of the invention.
1. A method for sorting, searching, and displaying infor
mation comprising the steps of:
providing a memory that can store information and can
store additional information that is the result of a search
or sort process,
assigning a graphical picture to represent each element of
information that is stored in the memory despite the type
of information,
enabling a user to reassign or select a different graphical
picture representation for each element of information,
displaying a set of information using the graphical picture
representation of the elements of information in a car
ousel format to enable the user to see the information,
limiting the number of elements of information displayed
at once by a subset setting so that the user is not pre
sented With all of the graphical pictures for the informa
tion at once,
using a sort command from a remote control or other input
device to cause the graphical picture information on the
screen to be re-organiZed by the sort criteria,
played at once by a subset setting so that the user is not
presented With all of the graphical pictures for the
information at once,
using a sort command from a remote control or other
input device to cause the graphical picture informa
tion on the screen to be re-organiZed by the sort cri
teria,
using a search command from a remote control or other
input device to cause the graphical picture informa
tion on the screen to be re-organiZed by the search
results,
assigning additional descriptors to each element of
information so that these descriptors can be used to
sort the information,
enabling the user to edit the additional descriptors to add
user preference and user customiZation,
Whereby these features enable the user to manage the infor
mation.
5. The system of claim 1, Wherein each element of infor
mation comprises a movie.
6. The system of claim 1, Wherein each element of infor
mation comprises music.
7. A system for managing a plurality of information ele
ments for use With a display screen, the system comprising:
a memory that stores the plurality of information elements;
a user input; and,
a processor that associates a graphical picture With each of
the plurality of information elements in response to the
user input, arranges a prede?ned number of the graphi
cal pictures in a carousel format, and rotates through the
arranged graphical pictures in response to user input.
8. The system of claim 7, Wherein each of the plurality of
information elements comprise a movie.
9. The system of claim 7, Wherein each of the plurality of
information elements comprise music.
10. The system of claim 7, Wherein the carousel format
using a search command from a remote control or other
includes a single selectable information element Which is at a
input device to cause the graphical picture information
center position and is larger than each of the non-selectable
plurality of information elements, Wherein each non-select
on the screen to be re-organiZed by the search results,
assigning additional descriptors to each element of infor
mation so that these descriptors can be used to sort the
information,
enabling the user to edit the additional descriptors to add
user preference and user customization,
Whereby these features enable the user to easily aggregate,
search, sort, and manipulate the information.
2. The method of claim 1, Wherein each element of infor
mation comprises a movie.
3. The method of claim 1, Wherein each element of infor
mation comprises music.
able information element becomes the selectable information
element When rotated to the center position and the selectable
information element becomes a non-selectable information
element When rotated aWay from the center position.
11. The system of claim 10, Wherein said processor plays
the selectable information element in response to the user
input.
12. The system of claim 7, Wherein said processor associ
ates a different graphical picture With one of the plurality of
information elements in response to the user input.
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