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Electric device control apparatus

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CA2478421C
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Jonathan Josephson
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Abstract

An electrical switch apparatus (102) including a movement sensitive form is disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing (104), a motion sensor and a processing unit (108), where motion on, near or about the motion sensor is translated into output commands adapted for list scrolling, where the list can be arranged in a hierarchy such as menus or for changing a value of an attribute of a electrical device under the control of the switch.

Claims (11)

1. A multi-device control apparatus (100) comprising:

a user interface (106) including a motion sensor (102) adapted to sense motion of a human or animal body part and produce an output corresponding to the sensed motion;

a processing unit (108) in communication with the interface (106) adapted to convert the sensor output into a command output, and at least one electrical device (110) controlled by the processing unit (108), each of the devices (110) having at least one adjustable attribute, where the command output has a scrolling or selection format of the group consisting of a device scroll output adapted to scroll through a device list, an attribute scroll output adapted to scroll through an attribute list associated with a selected device from the device list and an attribute change output associated with the selected device attribute and adapted to change a value of the device attribute, and where a direction of the sensed motion determines the command output evoked, wherein the processing unit (108) determines when a transition from one command format has occurred based on a change in a direction of the motion sensed by the interface (106).
2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the motion sensor (102) is selected from the group consisting of: an optical sensors (906), touch sensitive surfaces (308), touchless surfaces, rotatable devices (512), and combinations thereof.
3. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the devices are selected from the group consisting of lighting devices (912), cameras, ovens, dishwashers, stoves, sound systems (918), display systems (926), alarm systems (916), control systems, medical devices, robots, robotic control systems, hot and cold water supply devices, air conditioning systems, heating systems, ventilation systems, air handling systems, computers and computer systems, chemical plant control systems, computer operating systems and other software systems, remote control systems, and combinations thereof.
4. The apparatus (100) of claim 1, wherein for device having a single adjustable attribute, motion in a first direction (116) causes the processing unit (108) to issue the device scroll output and motion in a second direction (118) causes the processing unit (108) simultaneously to select an active device (110) from the device list and to issue the attribute change output to change a value of the single adjustable attribute of the selected device, where each direction has a positive component and a negative component and where motion in the positive component of the first direction scrolls through the device list in a forward mode, while motion in the negative component of the first direction scrolls through the device list in a reverse mode and where motion in the positive component of the second direction (118) causes the value of the attribute to increase, while motion in the negative component of the second direction (118) causes the value of the attribute to decrease, and the sensed motion continues until a desired value is attained and where the first direction (116) and the second direction (118) are different by an amount sufficient to allow direction discrimination.
5. The apparatus (100) of claim 1, wherein, for device having a plurality of adjustable attributes, motion in a first direction (116) causes the processing unit (908) to issue the device scroll output, motion in a second direction (118) causes the processing unit simultaneously to select an active device (110) from the device list and to issue the attribute scroll output, and motion in a third direction causes the processing unit (108) simultaneously to select an active attribute from the attribute list and to issue the attribute change output for the selected attribute of the selected device (110), where each direction (116, 118) has associated positive and negative components, where motion in the positive component of the third direction in its direction causes the value of the attribute to increase, while motion in a negative second direction causes the value of the attribute to decrease until a desired value is obtained, where the first direction and the second directions are different by an amount sufficient to allow direction discrimination and the second and third directions are different by the amount.
6. An electrical switch apparatus (900) comprising a multi-device control apparatus according to any one of claims 1-5.
7. An electrical device control apparatus (100) comprising:
a plurality of multi-device switches, according to claim 6, wherein each of the switches (976) is in electrical communication with and controls a plurality of electrical devices (110).
8. The apparatus (100) of claim 7, further comprising a remote control unit (220) in communication with each of the switches (976) and designed to provide remote control of the switches (976) and the devices (110).
9. The apparatus of claim 7, further comprising a control unit in communication with each of the switches and designed to provide centralized control of the switches and the devices.
10. The apparatus of claim 9, further comprising a remote control unit in communication with the control unit to provide remote control of the control unit, all of the switches and all of the devices.
11. An user interface apparatus comprising a multi-device control apparatus according to any one of claims 1-10.
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