JP2006324900A - Electric home appliance system and operating equipment - Google Patents

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JP2006324900A
JP2006324900A JP2005145724A JP2005145724A JP2006324900A JP 2006324900 A JP2006324900 A JP 2006324900A JP 2005145724 A JP2005145724 A JP 2005145724A JP 2005145724 A JP2005145724 A JP 2005145724A JP 2006324900 A JP2006324900 A JP 2006324900A
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Kazuhiro Furuta
Hironori Kanda
Yuuka Tamura
和浩 古田
優佳 田村
博紀 神田
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Toshiba Consumer Marketing Corp
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an electric home appliance system that makes it easy to operate and control a specific electric home appliance among a plurality of electric home appliances.
A non-volatile memory 9 has a plurality of home appliances registered therein and a selection operation pattern for individually specifying the plurality of home appliances, and an operation operation pattern for controlling the operation of the plurality of home appliances. And a code for converting the operation control content indicated by the operation pattern for operation into a communication signal assigned to each home appliance, and the three-axis acceleration / acceleration sensors 3 and 4 are operated by the operating device main body 10. The operation pattern for selection and the operation pattern for operation are detected and given to the microcomputer 2, and the microcomputer 2 identifies the home appliance from the operation pattern for selection, and the operation control content from the operation pattern for operation. And an infrared communication signal indicating the operation control content assigned to the specified home appliance is output from the infrared transmitter 6. Make it.
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  The present invention relates to a home appliance system that selectively operates a plurality of home appliances with a single operation device, and an operation device used in the home appliance system.

In general households, there are an increasing number of home appliances that use a remote controller (remote controller) to control the operation, and while complex operations are possible with the remote controller, the number of remote controllers increases, which is cumbersome for the user. . In this case, as the remote controller, one using infrared communication means is common, but one using short-range radio wave communication means is also conceivable.
For this reason, conventionally, operation control of a plurality of home appliances such as an air conditioner (air conditioner), a television (television), a lighting device, a VTR, and a DVD is performed using a single operation terminal (for example, a PC or a PDA). The system made into this is considered (for example, refer patent document 1).
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  According to the above-described conventional configuration, the number of remote controllers is remarkably reduced and the user's troublesomeness is eliminated. However, when operating one of a plurality of home appliances, a plurality of home appliances are operated on the operation terminal side. In order to specify one of the devices and to specify the operation control content of the specified home appliance, it is necessary to operate a large number of keys or operation buttons, which causes a problem of complicated operation.

  The present invention has been made in view of the above circumstances, and a first object of the present invention is to provide a home electric appliance system in which an operation for controlling the operation of a specific electric home appliance is simplified. It is in providing the operating device used for a household appliance system.

  The home appliance system of the present invention has infrared communication means, and a plurality of home appliances that are operation-controlled by receiving an infrared communication signal assigned to itself, and an infrared communication means, a short distance in the operation device main body. And an operation device including a radio wave communication unit, an acceleration sensor, a storage unit, and a control unit. In the operation device, the storage unit stores the plurality of home appliances and a plurality of home appliances. The operation pattern for selection for individually identifying the operation pattern, the operation pattern for operation control of the plurality of home appliances, and the operation control content indicated by the operation pattern for operation are converted into communication signals assigned to each home appliance. The acceleration sensor is configured to store a selection operation pattern and an operation operation when the operation device body is operated. It is configured to detect a turn and give the signal to the control means, the control means specifies home appliances from the selection operation pattern, specifies operation control content from the operation operation pattern, The infrared communication signal indicating the operation control content assigned to the specified home appliance is configured to be output from the infrared communication means (claim 1).

  According to such a configuration, the user can specify one of a plurality of home appliances only by operating the operation device main body so as to draw the selection operation pattern and the operation operation pattern, The operation control content can be specified, and the specified home electric appliance can be operation controlled with the specified content.

  The home appliance system of the present invention has an infrared communication means and a short-range radio wave communication means, and transmits a short-range radio wave communication signal assigned to itself by receiving the infrared communication signal assigned to itself. A plurality of home appliances that are controlled by receiving a short-range radio wave communication signal assigned to them, and an operation device main body, an infrared communication means, a short-range radio wave communication means, an acceleration sensor, and a storage means And an operation device configured to include a control means, wherein the storage means is an operation operation for registering the plurality of home appliances and controlling the operation of the plurality of home appliances. A code for converting the pattern and the operation control content indicated by the operation pattern for operation into a communication signal assigned to each household electrical appliance is stored. The acceleration sensor is configured to detect an operation pattern for operation caused by operation of the operating device main body, and to provide a signal to the control unit, the control unit specifying a plurality of home appliances Near-field radio communication signal indicating the operation control content for the specified home appliance when the infrared communication signal is output from the infrared communication means and a response short-range radio wave communication signal is received from the specified home appliance It is comprised so that may be transmitted (Claim 5).

  According to such a configuration, since one of the plurality of home appliances is specified by the infrared communication signal from the operation device, the user can specify an operation pattern for operation indicating the operation control content for the specified home appliance. Just by drawing on the main body, the specified home appliance can be controlled.

  Advantageous Effects of Invention According to the present invention, there is an effect that an operation for controlling driving of a specific home appliance among a plurality of home appliances is simplified.

(First embodiment)
Hereinafter, a first embodiment of the present invention will be described with reference to FIGS.
First, the operating device will be described with reference to FIGS. As shown in FIG. 1 (b), the operating device 1 has a long and narrow shape like a baton, for example, and its electrical configuration is as shown in FIG. 1 (a). That is, the microcomputer 2 as a control means includes a ROM 2a and a RAM 2b, and an acceleration sensor, for example, a three-axis acceleration sensor 3 or 4 is connected to the input terminal, and a key switch 5 is connected. Further, an infrared transmitter 6 as infrared communication means is connected to the output terminal of the microcomputer 2 and LEDs 7a to 7e are connected to the output terminal. Also, the short-distance radio wave communication means is connected to the input / output terminal. A Bluetooth (registered trademark) 8 and a nonvolatile memory 9 are connected.

  In this case, the operating device body 10 of the operating device 1 is configured such that the grip portion 10a is slightly larger in diameter than the action portion 10b, which is another part, as shown in FIG. The triaxial acceleration sensor 4 and the Bluetooth 8 are disposed together with a battery (not shown) in the base of the grip portion 10a of the operating device main body 10. Further, the microcomputer 1 is disposed in the grip portion 10a of the operating device body 10, and the key switch 5 is disposed on the distal end side of the grip portion 10a so as to be pressed from the outside. Here, when the key switch 5 is pressed, it is turned on during the pressing operation. The triaxial acceleration sensor 3 and the infrared transmitter 6 are disposed in the distal end portion of the action portion 10b of the operating device body 10, and the LED 7a is provided on the action portion 10b from the tip portion toward the grip portion 10a. Thru 7e are arranged in a straight line.

  Here, the three-axis acceleration sensors 3 and 4 disposed in the operating device body 10 stand the operating device 1 so that the user holds the grip 10a of the operating device body 10 and the LEDs 7a to 7e face the front. When the reference position is set, the X-axis is set in the front-rear direction, the Y-axis is set in the left-right direction, and the Z-axis is set in the axial direction of the operating device main body 10.

  Next, the home terminal will be described with reference to FIGS. The home terminal 11 is constituted by a personal computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, or the like, and its electrical configuration is as shown in FIG. That is, the microcomputer 12 serving as a control means includes a ROM 12a and a RAM 12b. An operation unit 13 such as a keyboard is connected to the input terminal as an input means, and a short-distance radio wave communication is connected to the input / output terminal. A Bluetooth 14 as a means and a display 15 such as a liquid crystal display are connected as a display means. In this case, as shown in FIG. 5, the display unit 15 is provided with a “search” touch switch 15a and an “update” touch switch 15b.

  The electrical configuration of the communication terminal 16 shown in FIG. 2 is as shown in FIG. That is, the microcomputer 17 as the control means includes a ROM 17a and a RAM 17b, and the input / output terminals are connected to the Bluetooth 18 and the communication device 19 as short-distance radio wave communication means. In this case, the communication device 19 can be connected to the server 21 via the Internet 20, as shown in FIG.

  Thus, as shown in FIG. 2, an infrared home appliance group 25 including an air conditioner (air conditioner) 22, a television (television) 23, and a lighting fixture 24 is installed in the home as shown in FIG. These are provided with an infrared receiver (not shown) as infrared communication means. The air conditioner 22, the television 23, and the lighting fixture 24 are each provided with a memory that stores a code for recognizing itself and a code for recognizing various operation control contents, and usually a dedicated infrared remote controller (remote controller). The operation is controlled by.

Next, the operation of the present embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS.
First, when the user operates the operation unit 13 of the home terminal 11 and inputs the model name of the home appliance, for example, in the case of the air conditioner 22, the model name of the air conditioner 22 is stored in the RAM 12b. As shown in FIG. 5, the display 15 is displayed in an underlined state. Therefore, when the user presses the “search” touch switch 15a of the display 15, the microcomputer 12 of the home terminal 11 is connected to the Bluetooth 14, the Bluetooth 18 of the communication terminal 16, the microcomputer 17, the communication device 19, and the Internet. The server 21 is accessed via 20 and the data of the air conditioner 22 is retrieved from the database of the server 21. Then, the data is transmitted to the microcomputer 12 of the home terminal 11 through the reverse route as described above, stored in the RAM 12b, and sent to the display unit 15. Thereby, as shown in FIG. 5, the display unit 15 displays an operation list as operation control content of the air conditioner 22. In the data of the air conditioner 22, in order to specify the air conditioner 22, an operation pattern for selection (for example, circle) Aa as shown in FIG. ) To (f) include operation operation patterns and codes for executing them.

  In FIG. 8, (a) is an operation pattern (for example, α) Ba indicating “power on”, (b) is an operation pattern (for example, reverse α) Bb indicating “power is off”, (c) is Operation patterns (for example, horizontal bars in the right direction) Bc and (d) indicating “increase temperature” or “change channel (forward feed)” are “decrease temperature” or “change channel (reverse feed)” Operation patterns (eg, horizontal bars to the left) Bd, (e) is an operation pattern (eg, transverse waves) Be indicating “cooling”, and (f) is an operation operation indicating “heating” Each of the patterns (for example, longitudinal waves) Bf is represented. These data are given to the microcomputer 2 of the operating device 1 via the Bluetooth 14 and 6 when the user presses the “update” touch switch 15 b of the display unit 15, and then stored in a nonvolatile manner. The registration of the air conditioner 22 is completed.

  The above is the registration of the data of the air conditioner 22, but the data of the television 123 and the lighting fixture 24 as other home appliances is also stored and registered in the non-volatile memory 9 of the operating device 1 in the same manner. . In this case, in order to specify the television 23, as shown in FIG. 7B, an operation pattern for selection (for example, a square) Ab is set, and in order to specify the lighting device 24, FIG. As shown, a selection operation pattern (for example, a triangle) Ac is set.

  Now, a case where operation control is performed by specifying one of the air conditioner 22, the television 23, and the lighting fixture 24 using the operation device 1 as described above will be described with reference to the flowchart of FIG. When a battery comprising a primary battery or a secondary battery is attached to the operating device 1, the microcomputer 2 starts to operate (start). The microcomputer 2 first determines in step S1 whether or not the key switch 5 has been pressed by the user, and waits for the operation of the key switch 5 ("NO"). When the user holds the grip portion 10a of the operating device main body 10, the operating device 1 is set to the reference position with the LEDs 7a to 7e facing the front, and the key switch 5 is pressed and turned on (determination step S1). The microcomputer 2 proceeds to processing step S2, and the X, Y, and Z axis outputs of the three-axis acceleration sensors 3 and 4 at that time are used as reference signals, and the operation by the user is based on this. The operation pattern for selection of the device main body 10 is read. Next, the microcomputer 2 determines whether or not the pressing operation of the key switch 5 is released in the determination step S3. If “NO”, the microcomputer 2 repeats the processing step S2.

  When the pressing operation of the key switch 5 by the user is released and the key switch 5 is turned off, the microcomputer 2 determines “YES” in the determination step S3 and ends the reading of the selection operation pattern. The process proceeds to step S4. In step S4, the microcomputer 2 determines whether the selection operation pattern has been recognized. The selection operation pattern is recognized as follows. That is, the time series of the output values of the triaxial acceleration sensors 3 and 4 while the key switch 5 is pressed is recorded, and the recorded time series of the acceleration and the operation pattern stored in the nonvolatile memory 9 are recorded. Compare This comparison method is performed by comparing the feature quantity of the motion pattern with the time-series feature quantity of the recorded acceleration, and if there is a certain match or more in each feature quantity, It is recognized that the time series of acceleration matches the motion pattern.

  When the microcomputer 2 recognizes that the operation pattern is Aa, Ab, or Ac in the determination step S4, the operation target device (the specified home appliance) is the air conditioner 22, the television 23, or the lighting device 24. This is stored in the RAM 2b, and the process proceeds to the next processing step S5 ("YES" in the determination step S4). In the processing step S5, the microcomputer 2 turns on the LED 7a for a short time, for example, in order to make the user confirm that the selection operation pattern has been successfully read. When the user confirms that the selection operation pattern has been successfully read by turning on the LED 7a, the user presses the key switch 5 again ("YES" in judgment step S6).

  In the determination step S6, the processing step S7, and the determination step S8, the microcomputer 2 reads the operation pattern of the operating device main body 10 by the user in the same manner as the determination step S1, the processing step S2, and the determination step S3. Read the operation pattern. When the microcomputer 2 recognizes that the operation pattern for operation is any one of Ba to Bf, the microcomputer 2 determines “YES” in the determination step S9 and stores it in the operation control content AM2b for the next processing step. The process proceeds to S10.

The microcomputer 2 executes the following process in process step S10.
(1) The home appliance whose operation pattern for selection by the operating device main body 10 is specified by Aa is the air conditioner 22.

  When the operation pattern for operation by the operating device body 10 is Ba or Bb, the microcomputer 2 causes the infrared transmitter 6 to transmit an infrared communication signal for turning on or off the air conditioner 22 to the infrared receiver of the air conditioner 22. . As a result, the air conditioner 22 starts or stops operation. When the operation pattern for operation by the operating device main body 10 is Bc or Bd, the microcomputer 2 causes the infrared transmitter 6 to transmit an infrared communication signal for raising or lowering the temperature of the air conditioner 22 to the infrared transmitter of the air conditioner 22. Thereby, the temperature of the air conditioner 22 is raised or lowered. When the operation pattern for operation by the operating device main body 10 is Be or Bf, the microcomputer 2 receives an infrared communication signal for switching the air conditioner 22 from heating to cooling or from cooling to heating from the infrared transmitter 6. Send to the machine. Thereby, the air conditioner 22 is switched to the cooling operation or the heating operation.

(2) The home appliance whose operation pattern for selection by the operating device body 10 is specified by Ab is the television 23.
When the operation pattern for operation by the operating device main body 10 is Ba or Bb, the microcomputer 2 causes the infrared transmitter 6 to transmit an infrared communication signal for turning on / off the television 23 to the infrared receiver of the television 23. . Thereby, the television 23 starts or stops image reception. When the operation pattern for operation by the operating device body 10 is Bc or Bd, the microcomputer 2 changes the channel of the television 23 from the infrared transmitter 6 (forward or reverse) and transmits an infrared communication signal to the infrared receiver of the television 23. Let Thereby, the channel of the television 23 can be changed by forward or reverse feed.

(3) When the household appliance in which the operation pattern for selection by the operating device main body 10 is specified by Ac is the lighting fixture 24.
When the operation pattern for operation by the operating device main body 10 is Ba or Bb, the microcomputer 2 sends an infrared communication signal for turning on or off the lighting device 24 from the infrared transmitter 6 to the infrared receiver of the signature device 24. Send it. Thereby, the lighting fixture 24 is turned on or off.

  If the microcomputer 2 cannot recognize any of the operation patterns Ba to Bf during the execution of the determination step S6, the processing step S7, and the determination step 8, the microcomputer 2 determines “NO” in the determination step S9. The process proceeds to S11. In this processing step S11, the microcomputer 2 informs the user that the reading of the operation control content has failed, for example by turning on the LED 7b for a short time, and then returns to the determination step S1.

  On the other hand, while the microcomputer 2 executes the determination step S1, the processing step S2, and the determination step S3, the user does not select any of the selection operation patterns Aa to Ac by the operation device main body 10, but the operation operation pattern, for example, When drawing Bc or Bd, the microcomputer 2 determines “NO” in determination step S4 and proceeds to determination step S12, where it determines whether or not the operation pattern for operation has been recognized. When the operational pattern Bc or Bd can be recognized, “YES” is determined, and the process proceeds to determination step S13.

  In the determination step S13, the microcomputer 2 determines whether or not the home appliance can be specified from the operation control content indicated by the operation operation pattern. For example, the operation operation pattern is Bc or Bd and the operation removal content is cooling or At the time of heating, it is determined that the specified home appliance is the air conditioner 22 ("YES" in determination step S13), and the process proceeds to processing step S14. Then, when the operation pattern for operation is Bc or Bd in the processing step S14, the microcomputer 2 receives an infrared communication signal for controlling the air conditioner 22 to be cooled or heated from the infrared transmitter 6 to the infrared of the air conditioner 22. Send to the machine. Thereby, the air conditioner 22 starts a cooling operation or a heating operation.

  If the operation pattern for operation is not recognized in the determination step S12, the microcomputer 2 determines “NO” and proceeds to the processing step S15, for example, indicating that the operation control content has failed to be read. The user is informed by turning on the LED 7c for a short time, and the process returns to the determination step S1.

  By the way, when the operation pattern read by the execution of the determination step S1, the processing step S2, and the determination step S3 is not the operation control content that can identify the home appliance, the operation pattern for operation is, for example, Ba. Alternatively, in the case of Bb, since the home appliance cannot be specified by the operation control content (power on or off) of the operation pattern Ba or Bb for operation, it is determined as “NO” in the determination step S13 and processed. The process proceeds to step S16.

  In this processing step S16, the straightness (directivity) of the infrared communication signal is used. In this state, the user directs the distal end portion of the operating device main body 10 where the infrared transmitter 6 is present, that is, the home appliance to be specified, for example, the infrared receiver of the lighting fixture 24. In this processing step S16, the microcomputer 2 uses an infrared communication signal for turning on or off the power of the air conditioner 22 from the infrared transmitter 6, an infrared communication signal for turning on or off the television 23, and the lighting fixture 24. An infrared communication signal for turning on or off the power is sequentially transmitted. Thereby, when an infrared communication signal for turning on or off the power supply of the air conditioner 22 is transmitted from the infrared transmitter 6, the infrared receiver of the air conditioner 22 does not receive the signal, and the power supply of the television 23 is not received. When an infrared communication signal for turning on or off is transmitted, the infrared receiver of the television 23 does not receive it. When an infrared communication signal for turning on or off the lighting fixture 24 is transmitted from the infrared transmitter 6, the infrared receiver of the lighting fixture 24 receives the signal, and the lighting fixture 24 is turned on or off. Turned off.

Even when the operation pattern Bc or Bd is drawn by the operating device body 10 instead of the operation pattern Ba or Bb, the same as described above.
As described above, according to this embodiment, when the operation pattern Aa, Ab, or Ac is drawn by the operating device body 10, the microcomputer 2 recognizes this by the outputs of the three-axis acceleration sensors 3, 4 and identifies it. When it is determined that the home electric appliance is the air conditioner 22, the television 23, or the lighting fixture 24, and any one of the operation operation patterns Ba to Bf is drawn by the operation device body 10, the output of the three-axis acceleration sensors 3 and 4 The operation control content of the specified air conditioner 22, television 23 or lighting fixture 24 is specified, and the specified air conditioning 22, television 23 or lighting fixture 24 is caused to execute the specified operation control content. It will be easy.

  Furthermore, when the home appliance is specified by the operation control content of any of the operation patterns Ba to Bf for operation by the operation device main body 10 (for example, cooling or heating of the operation pattern Be or Bf for operation) (for example, the air conditioner 22). The operation control content specified by the specified home appliance can be executed without causing the operation device body 10 to draw the selection operation pattern Aa, Ab or Ac, and the operation is further simplified and the operation control is also performed. It can be done quickly.

In addition, when the control details can be specified (for example, power on or off), but the home appliance cannot be specified, the microcomputer 2 uses the straightness (directivity) of the infrared communication signal to select the specific home appliance. The specified operation control content can be executed, which is very convenient in terms of operability.
Then, by using the home terminal 11, the operation pattern for selection, the operation pattern for operation, and the code of the air conditioner 22, the television 23, and the lighting fixture 24 as a plurality of home appliances are transmitted from the server 21 via the Bluetooth 8, 18, the communication device, and the Internet 20. Since it is read out and stored and registered in the nonvolatile memory 9 of the operating device 1, implementation is easy.

(Second embodiment)
9 and 10 show a second embodiment of the present invention. The same parts as those shown in FIGS. In the second embodiment, for the sake of convenience of explanation, the drawings other than FIGS. 2 and 6 in the first embodiment are also referred to.
In FIG. 9, instead of the infrared home appliance group 25, the home includes an infrared receiver as infrared communication means and Bluetooth (neither shown) as short-range radio wave communication means as a plurality of home appliances. In addition, an infrared and short-range wireless radio home appliance group 25 ′ including an air conditioner 22 ′, a television 23 ′, and a lighting fixture 24 ′ is installed.

In the second embodiment, the data of the air conditioner 22 ', the television 23', and the lighting fixture 24 'are obtained from the server 21 and stored in the nonvolatile memory 9 of the operating device 1 in the same manner as in the first embodiment. The computer 2 may execute the process according to the flowchart of FIG. 6, but here, using the fact that the air conditioner 22 ′, the television 23 ′, and the lighting fixture 24 ′ are equipped with Bluetooth, the following is performed. To perform the correct operation.
That is, each authentication code is stored and registered in the RAM 2b of the home terminal 11 from the air conditioner 22 ′, the television 23 ′, and the lighting device 24 ′ via Bluetooth and the communication terminal 16, and the home terminal 11 stores the registration code of the server 21 on the basis of this. The respective operation patterns for selection and operation patterns for operation are acquired from the database, stored in the RA 12b, and stored in the nonvolatile memory 9 of the operating device 1 via the communication terminal 16.

Next, the operation will be described with reference to FIG.
The microcomputer 2 executes the determination step S1, the processing step S2, and the determination step S3, thereby reading the operation pattern drawn by the operating device main body 10, and proceeds to the next determination step S9. When the microcomputer 2 recognizes the operation pattern for operation, the microcomputer 2 proceeds to processing step S17, and transmits an infrared communication signal indicating a device authentication code from the infrared transmitter 6 to a specific home appliance. Next, the microcomputer 2 proceeds to judgment step S18, judges whether or not a short-range radio wave signal indicating a response signal is received from the specified home appliance via Bluetooth. If “YES”, the microcomputer 2 proceeds to processing step S19. Then, a short-distance radio wave signal having the operation control content indicated by the operation pattern for operation described above is transmitted to the specified home appliance.

When the microcomputer 2 does not receive the healthy range wireless radio wave signal indicating the response signal from the specific home appliance, the microcomputer 2 determines “NO” in the determination step S18 and proceeds to the processing step S20 to receive the response signal. For example, the LED 7d is turned on for a short time to inform the user that the failure has occurred, and the process returns to the determination step S1.
Therefore, the same effect as that of the first embodiment can be obtained by the second embodiment as well, and in particular, the home appliance specified by simply drawing the operation pattern for operation by the operation device main body 10 is controlled. Operation is extremely easy.

(Third embodiment)
FIGS. 11 and 12 show a third embodiment of the present invention, in which the same parts as those in FIGS. 2, 6, 9 and 10 are given the same reference numerals.
As shown in FIG. 11, in the third embodiment, an infrared home appliance group 25 and an infrared and short-range wireless radio home appliance group 25 'are installed in the home. As shown in FIG. 12, the flowchart of the third embodiment is a combination of the flowchart of the first embodiment (FIG. 6) and the flowchart of the second embodiment (FIG. 10). The operation is the same as in the second and second embodiments, and the same effect as in both embodiments can be obtained.

The present invention is not limited to the embodiment described above and shown in the drawings, and the following modifications and expansions are possible.
In the above embodiment, the home terminal obtains the home appliance data from the Internet database. However, the home terminal may obtain the data from an attached memory (external storage device), for example.
In the above-described embodiment, one home appliance is specified, but two or more home appliances may be specified depending on the operation control content (for example, power-on).
The triaxial acceleration sensor may be provided only at the distal end of the operating device, and is not limited to the triaxial acceleration sensor, and a plurality of biaxial acceleration sensors or single axis acceleration sensors may be combined.
The home appliance is not limited to an air conditioner, a television set, or a lighting fixture, but can be applied to any home appliance equipped with an infrared receiver or a household appliance equipped with an infrared receiver and Bluetooth.

1 shows a first embodiment of the present invention, (a) a block diagram of an operating device, and (b) an external perspective view of the operating device. Home appliance system configuration diagram Block diagram of home terminal Block diagram of communication terminal Front view of display unit Flow chart for action description Diagram showing the operation pattern for selection Diagram showing operation pattern for operation FIG. 2 equivalent view showing a second embodiment of the present invention 6 equivalent diagram FIG. 2 equivalent view showing a third embodiment of the present invention. 6 equivalent diagram

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  In the drawings, 1 is an operating device, 2 is a microcomputer (control means), 3 and 4 are 3-axis acceleration sensors (acceleration sensors), 5 key switches, 6 is an infrared transmitter (infrared communication means), and 8 is Bluetooth (near) (Distance wireless radio wave communication means), 9 is a non-volatile memory (storage means), 10 is an operating device body, 11 is a home terminal, 12 is a microcomputer, 13 is an operation unit (input means), and 14 is Bluetooth (health range radio wave) Communication means), 15 is a display (display means), 16 is a communication terminal, 17 is a microcomputer, 18 is Bluetooth (short-range radio wave communication means), 19 is a communication device, 20 is the Internet, 21 is a server, 22 and Reference numeral 22 'denotes an air conditioner (home appliance), 23 and 23' denote TVs (home appliances), and 24 and 24 'denote lighting fixtures (home appliances).

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  1. A plurality of home appliances that have infrared communication means and are controlled by receiving an infrared communication signal assigned to them;
    In the operating device body, comprising an infrared communication means, a short-distance radio wave communication means, an acceleration sensor, a storage means and a control means arranged and arranged,
    In the operating device,
    The storage means includes a selection operation pattern for registering the plurality of home appliances and individually specifying the plurality of home appliances, an operation pattern for operation control of the plurality of home appliances, and the operation A code for converting the operation control content indicated by the operation pattern into a communication signal assigned to each home appliance is stored,
    The acceleration sensor is configured to detect an operation pattern for selection and an operation pattern for operation by operating an operating device main body, and to provide a signal to the control unit.
    The control means specifies the home appliance from the selection operation pattern, specifies the operation control content from the operation pattern, and transmits an infrared communication signal indicating the operation control content assigned to the specified home appliance. A home electric appliance system configured to output from an infrared communication means.
  2.   2. The home electric appliance system according to claim 1, wherein the control means is configured to specify a target electric home appliance from the specified operation control content.
  3.   3. The home appliance according to claim 2, wherein the control means is configured to output an infrared communication signal indicating operation control content to a plurality of home appliances when a target home appliance is not specified. system.
  4. A communication terminal having short-range wireless radio wave communication means and connectable to the Internet;
    A home terminal having a short-range wireless radio wave communication means,
    The operation pattern for selection, the operation pattern for operation, and the code for the storage means are acquired by the home terminal from a database on the Internet via the healthy range radio wave communication means and the communication terminal, or acquired from an attached external storage device. The home electric appliance system according to claim 1, wherein the home electric appliance system is configured to be provided via a communication terminal and short-range wireless radio wave communication means.
  5. It has an infrared communication means and a short-range radio wave communication means, and transmits a short-range radio wave communication signal assigned to itself by receiving an infrared communication signal assigned to itself, and a short-range radio assigned to itself. A plurality of home appliances that are controlled by receiving radio communication signals;
    In the operating device body, comprising an infrared communication means, a short-distance radio wave communication means, an acceleration sensor, a storage means and a control means arranged and arranged,
    In the operating device,
    The storage means is a communication signal in which the plurality of home appliances are registered and the operation pattern for operation for controlling the operation of the plurality of home appliances and the operation control content indicated by the operation pattern for operation are assigned to each home appliance. Is configured to store code for conversion to
    The acceleration sensor is configured to detect an operation pattern for operation caused by operating the operating device main body, and to provide the signal to the control means,
    The control means outputs an infrared communication signal for specifying a plurality of home appliances from the infrared communication means, and when the response short-range radio wave communication signal is received from the specified home appliance, the specified home appliance A home electric appliance system configured to transmit a short-range wireless radio wave communication signal indicating operation control content for an appliance.
  6. A communication terminal having short-range wireless radio wave communication means and connectable to the Internet;
    A home terminal having a short-range wireless radio wave communication means,
    The operation pattern for selection, the operation pattern for operation, and the code for the storage means are acquired by the home terminal from a database on the Internet via the healthy range radio wave communication means and the communication terminal, or acquired from an attached external storage device. 6. The home electric appliance system according to claim 5, wherein the home electric appliance system is configured to be provided via a communication terminal and a short-range radio wave communication means.
  7.   7. The home electric appliance system according to claim 4, wherein registration of a plurality of electric home appliances in the storage means is performed by an input means of a home terminal.
  8.   The home terminal device system according to claim 4 or 6, wherein the home terminal has a display means for displaying a plurality of input home appliances and operation control contents thereof.
  9.   7. The home electric appliance system according to claim 4, wherein the home terminal is constituted by a personal computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, or the like.
  10.   The home appliance system according to claim 4 or 6, wherein the operation device is configured to store operation histories of a plurality of home appliances in a storage unit of a home terminal via a short-distance radio wave communication unit.
  11.   Registration of a plurality of home appliances in the storage means is performed based on the home terminal performing radio wave communication with the plurality of home appliances via the short-range radio wave communication means and the communication terminal. The home electric appliance system according to claim 6, characterized in that:
  12.   12. The home appliance according to claim 1, wherein the plurality of home appliances include a home appliance having only infrared communication means and a home appliance having infrared communication means and short-range radio wave communication means. Equipment system.
  13. The operating device used for the household electrical appliance system in any one of Claims 1 thru | or 12.
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