WO2007091776A2 - Controlling method of air conditioner - Google Patents

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WO2007091776A2
WO2007091776A2 PCT/KR2006/005480 KR2006005480W WO2007091776A2 WO 2007091776 A2 WO2007091776 A2 WO 2007091776A2 KR 2006005480 W KR2006005480 W KR 2006005480W WO 2007091776 A2 WO2007091776 A2 WO 2007091776A2
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F11/00Control or safety arrangements
    • F24F11/30Control or safety arrangements for purposes related to the operation of the system, e.g. for safety or monitoring
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F11/00Control or safety arrangements
    • F24F11/30Control or safety arrangements for purposes related to the operation of the system, e.g. for safety or monitoring
    • F24F11/32Responding to malfunctions or emergencies
    • F24F11/39Monitoring filter performance
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F24HEATING; RANGES; VENTILATING
    • F24FAIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING
    • F24F11/00Control or safety arrangements
    • F24F11/50Control or safety arrangements characterised by user interfaces or communication
    • F24F11/56Remote control

Abstract

Disclosed is a controlling method of an air conditioner. In thecontrolling method of an air conditioner, a booting state of the air conditioner is displayed when a power for operating the air conditioner is applied. A main menu screen on which a function button of the touch screen for an operation of the air conditioner is displayed on the display section after the booting state is terminated. A selected function of the function button is executed when the function button is selected through the touch screen.

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Description

CONTROLLING METHOD OF AIR CONDITIONER

Technical Field

[1] The present invention relates to an air conditioner, more particularly to a controlling method of an air conditioner including a display device on which a touch screen is mounted. Background Art

[2] Generally, an air conditioner is installed in an interior space such as an office and a home or on a side wall thereof to function as a cooling and heating device for cooling and heating the interior space and forms a series of refrigeration cycles each of which includes a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve, and an evaporator.

[3] More particularly, the air conditioner includes an outdoor unit (also referred to as

Outdoor side' or 'heat radiating side') mainly installed outside a room and an indoor unit (also referred to as 'indoor side' or 'heat absorbing side') mainly installed in the interior of a building. The condenser (outdoor heat exchanger) and the compressor are installed in the outdoor unit and the evaporator (indoor heat exchanger) is installed in the indoor unit.

[4] Further, as well known, the air conditioner can be classified into a separation type air conditioner in which the outdoor unit and the indoor unit is separately installed and an integration type air conditioner in which the outdoor unit and the indoor unit are integrally installed.

[5] FIG. 1 schematically shows the appearance of an indoor unit of a conventional separation type air conditioner.

[6] As shown in the figure, the separation type air conditioner includes an indoor unit

10 and an outdoor unit (not shown) separated from the indoor unit 10 and a refrigerant pipe (not shown) is installed between the indoor unit 10 and the outdoor unit (not shown) so as to communicate the indoor unit 10 and the outdoor unit.

[7] The side and rear appearance of the indoor unit 10 is formed by a cabinet 20 extending long upward and downward. A base 22 is provided at a lower portion of the cabinet 20 and a front surface panel 24 forming the front appearance of the indoor unit 10 is installed at an upper portion of the tip end of the base.

[8] A display unit 30 displaying the operation of the air conditioner is provided at a central portion of the front surface panel 24 and a button section 32 in which various buttons for operating the air conditioner is provided on a side surface of the display unit 30.

[9] The display unit 30 generally includes LEDs. Therefore, the display unit 30 is turned on when the air conditioner is operated to display the operation state of the air conditioner. Further, if the air conditioner is turned off, the display unit also turned off.

[10] More particularly, as shown in the figure, the display unit 30 displays the wind direction and the strength of the air conditioner, and also displays the interior temperature and the desired temperature of the air conditioner. Namely, the display unit displays the state of the air conditioner, which is set by a user, by using the LEDs.

[11] However, the conventional technology has the following disadvantages.

[12] Since the conventional display unit simply has a function for displaying only the operation state of the air conditioner, the button section should be separately provided to control the operation of the air conditioner.

[13] Therefore, the appearance of the entire air conditioner is not so smooth that the air conditioner can cause dissatisfaction in the aspect of sensibility.

Disclosure of Invention Technical Problem

[14] Accordingly, the present invention has been developed in order to solve the above- mentioned problems occurring in the prior art, and an object of the present invention is to provide an air conditioner having a touch screen, which integrates a button function and a display function into one function.

[15] It is a second object of the present invention is to provide a method for controlling an operation of an air conditioner through a touch screen.

[16] It is a third object of the present invention is to provide a method for displaying screens associated with an operation of an air conditioner on a display device on which a touch screen is mounted for a user's convenience. Technical Solution

[17] In order to accomplish this object, there is provided a controlling method of an air conditioner with a touch screen, comprising the steps of: (i) displaying a booting state of the air conditioner when a power for operating the air conditioner is applied; (ii) displaying a main menu screen on which a function button of the touch screen for an operation of the air conditioner on the display section after the booting state is terminated; and (iii) executing a selected function of the function button when the function button is selected through the touch screen.

[18] According to a second aspect of the present invention, there is provided a controlling method of an air conditioner with a touch screen, comprising the steps of: (a) touching and selecting a predetermined position of the touch screen in order to select a function button necessary in an operation control of the air conditioner; (b) recognizing a coordinate of the selected predetermined position of the touch screen and outputting a decoded signal; (c) receiving the decoded signal and receiving and executing a command corresponding to the function button; and (d) displaying a data information executed according to the command on the display device.

[19] According to a third aspect of the present invention, there is provided a controlling method of an air conditioner with a display device for displaying an operation state of the air conditioner, comprising the steps of: (I) displaying a booting state of the air conditioner when a power for operating the air conditioner is applied; and (II) displaying a main menu screen on which a function button of the touch screen for an operation of the air conditioner on the display section after the booting state is terminated, wherein the main menu screen displayed on the display device is converted into a stop mode screen for display only a predetermined information or image and then is displayed when a command for operating the air conditioner is not inputted for a predetermined time in a state that the main menu screen is displayed. Advantageous Effects

[20] As is clear from the forgoing description, the present provides a controlling method of an air conditioner with a touch screen. [21] The air conditioner with the touch screen has a graceful appearance and removes a use of unnecessary buttons. [22] Further, since the present invention operates an air conditioner through a touch screen, it causes the user to be proud of using an air conditioner of high quality. [23] In the present invention, a user can know an operation state and a predetermined information of an air conditioner by a simple touch.

[24] Furthermore, the user can easily recognize an air condition state or an indoor environment and various information through a touch screen. [25] In addition, since various additional functions can be used besides a main function such as air condition, it is expected that a use convenience of the air conditioner and a customer's interest are improved.

Brief Description of the Drawings [26] The above and other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be more apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which: [27] FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a indoor unit of a conventional DDD air conditioner; [28] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing an external appearance of a indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention; [29] FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing an open state of a front panel of a indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention; [30] FIG. 4 is a block diagram showing a control system of an air conditioner according accompanying drawings, in which:

[27] FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a indoor unit of a conventional separation type air conditioner;

[28] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing an external appearance of a indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[29] FIG. 3 is a perspective view showing an open state of a front panel of a indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[30] FIG.4 is a block diagram showing a control system of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention;

[31] FIG. 5 is a block diagram for illustrating an operation mode of the air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention; [32] FIG. 6 is a block diagram for illustrating an operation mode of the air conditioner according to another embodiment of the present invention; [33] FIG.7 is a view showing an example of an air conditioner start menu screen displayed on a touch screen;

[34] FIG. 8 is a view showing an example of an air conditioner mode screen according to an embodiment of the present invention; [35] FIG. 9 is a view showing an example of an operation detail control screen according to an embodiment of the present invention; [36] FIG. 10 is a view showing the air conditioner operation mode screen displayed as an animation of various patterns;

[37] FIG. 11 is a view showing various patterns of the air conditioner operation mode screen displayed as a motion operation animation of various patterns;

[38] FIG. 12 is a view showing an example of a screen state when a remote controller signal is suddenly received;

[39] FIG. 13 is a view showing an example of an information center mode screen;

[40] FIG. 14 is a view showing an example of a weather information center mode screen;

[41] FIG. 15 is a view showing an example of a thumb nail screen; [42] FIG. 16 is a view showing functions formed on the thumb nail screen; [43] FIG. 17 is a view illustrating a sheet view screen for magnifying and viewing pictures on the thumb nail;

[44] FIG. 18 is a view showing another functions formed on the thumb nail screen;

[45] FIG. 19 is a view showing an example of an anniversary management mode screen; [46] FIG. 20 is a view showing a calendar screen and functions thereof; [56] FlG. 30 is a view showing an example of a weather/time set screen;

[57] FlG. 31 is a view showing an example of an effect sound set screen;

[58] FlG. 32 is a view showing an example of a main screen of an operation manual screen;

[59] FlG. 33 is a view showing an example of an operation manual screen; and

[60] FlG. 34 is a flow chart for illustrating a controlling method of an air conditioner through a touch screen according to another embodiment of the present invention.

Best Mode for Carrying Out the Invention [61] Hereinafter, the preferred embodiment of the present invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. [62] FlG. 2 is a perspective view showing an external appearance of a indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention. [63] As shown in FlG. 2, the air conditioner includes indoor unit 100 and outdoor unit

(not shown). A front panel 110 is long formed at a front surface of the indoor unit 100 up and down, and defines a front surface external appearance thereof. [64] Hinges 112 are formed at upper and lower right ends of the front panel 110 and serves as a center of a rotation of the front panel 110. Accordingly, the front panel 110 rotates in the counter-clock wise direction on a right end and is opened. [65] A touch screen 120 is formed at a upper center portion of the front panel 110 so that a user can easily operate the touch screen 120 with fingers. [66] The touch screen 120 is installed at a display device 256. A display unit and a plurality of operation button sections are displayed on the display section 256. The display unit displays information with respect to an operation state and an operation execution state of the air conditioner. The plurality of operation buttons are used to substantially control and set an operation of the air conditioner. [67] A remote controller receiver 140 is further provided at a lower side of the touch screen 120. The remote controller receiver 140 receives a signal of a remote controller. [68] FlG. 3 is a perspective view showing an open state of a front panel of a indoor unit of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention. In FlG. 3, the front panel 110 rotates on the hinges 112 and is opened. [69] As shown in FlG. 3, a display device 150 is installed at a rear surface of the front panel 110. [70] The display device 150 includes a USB mounting section 152a and an SD mounting section 152b. A USB memory 162 or an SD card 162 are selectively mounted at the

USB mounting section 152a and the SD mounting section 152b. Accordingly, the display device 150 may easily take picture files such as external data through the USB memory 162 or the SD card 162. [71] Besides the USB memory 162 or the SD card 162, a transmission of the data can be achieved through various other mobile storage media, and data downloading over Internet can be performed.

[72] Furthermore, a speaker output terminal 259a is formed at the display device 150 to be exposed to an outside. The speaker output terminal 259a functions to transfer a predetermined sound generated during an operation of the display device 150 to an external speaker (not shown). Accordingly, a user may enjoy a sound outputted during a drive of the display device 150 using a cable, which connects the speaker output terminal 259a to the external speaker (not shown).

[73] On the other hand, a through hole 300 and a speaker hole 260 are formed at a cover of the display device 150. The through hole 300 discharges heat of internal electronic components. The speaker hole 260 guides an output of a small speaker (rated power of approximately IW), which is mounted in the display device 150.

[74] On the other hand, an air cleaner 170 is further provided at an inner lower portion of the indoor unit 100, and filters and cleans impurities in the air. The air cleaner 170 includes a plurality of filters and filters dust and odor in the air.

[75] Moreover, a main microcomputer 200 is connected to a display controller 150 at a upper side of the air cleaner 170 and controls a total operation of an air conditioner.

[76] A pressure sensor 131 and a humidity sensor 132 are installed at a upper side of the main microcomputer 200.

[77] The pressure sensor 131 senses a pressure change of an indoor and expect a change of a weather based on the sensed pressure change of the indoor. The pressure sensor 132 measures a humidity of the indoor, which is air-cleaned.

[78] The main microcomputer 200 processes and transmits a sensed signal of the pressure sensor 131 and a sensed signal of the humidity sensor 132 to the display controller 150, so that the display controller 150 displays the sensed signals as characters, namely, texts.

[79] Although it is not shown, a plurality of parts (heat exchanger and the like) for air condition such as heating or cooling are provided inside the indoor unit 100. Since the plurality of parts are well known, a detailed description thereof is omitted.

[80] FIG. 4 is a block diagram showing a control system of an air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention.

[81] As shown in FIG. 4, the air conditioner includes a main microcomputer 200 and a display controller 250. The main microcomputer 200 controls a total operation of the air conditioner. The display controller 250 provides a functional operation of the air conditioner on a touch screen 120. The main microcomputer 200 and the display controller 250 are connected to all kinds of parts, and exchange various data or information with the parts. [82] In detail, the main microcomputer 200 includes a main memory 202. The main memory 202 is a storage medium, which is basically mounted in the air conditioner. AU kinds of data are stored in the main memory 202.

[83] A sensor section 212, a remote controller signal receiver 214, a indoor unit motor

216, a outdoor unit motor 218, and a compressor 220 are connected to the main microcomputer 200.

[84] The sensor section 212 includes a plurality of sensors such as a temperature sensor

(not shown), a humidity sensor 132, a pressure sensor 131, and a gas sensor (not shown), which is installed at the air conditioner. The sensor section 212 measures a state and a pollution level of the air. The humidity sensor 132 measures a humidity of an indoor. The pressure sensor 131 is used to obtain information with respect to a weather. The gas sensor measures a cleanliness of the air. As shown, information with respect to a pressure, a humidity, and a temperature sensed by the sensor section 212 is transferred to the main microcomputer 200.

[85] The remote controller signal receiver 214 decodes and transfers signals transmitted through the remote controller receiver 140 to the main microcomputer 200. The remote controller signal receiver 214 may receive data (signals) by a computer (including Internet) or wireless communication. As another embodiment, the display controller 250 may be constructed to directly receive an output signal of the remote controller signal receiver 214.

[86] The indoor unit motor 216 is installed at the indoor unit 100 of the air conditioner, and rotates a fan. The indoor unit motor 216 receives a signal of the main microcomputer 200 and operates according to the received signal.

[87] On the other hand, the main microcomputer 200 controls a rotating speed of the indoor unit motor 216 according to a pollution level of the air from the sensor section 216.

[88] The compressor 220 and the outdoor unit motor 218 operates under a control of the main microcomputer 200. For example, an operation command is inputted to the main microcomputer 200 through the remote controller receiver 140 or the touch screen 120, it operates the compressor 200 and the outdoor unit motor 218, so that the air conditioner changes from a stop state to an operation state.

[89] As described earlier, the air cleaner 170 filters and cleans impurities in the air. The main microcomputer 200 controls the operation of the air cleaner 170 according to an input signal of a main input section 210.

[90] Moreover, the main microcomputer 200 may automatically adjust an intensity of the air cleaner 170. That is, according to a user' setting, the main microcomputer 200 may sense a pollution level (dust, gas and the like) in the air measured by the sensor section 212 and automatically adjust an intensity of the air cleaner 170 according to the pollution level.

[91] Furthermore, the main microcomputer 200 exchanges signals with a display controller 250, which is installed at the display device 150.

[92] In addition, data inputted to the display controller 250 through a data input section to be explained below and signals inputted to the display controller 250 through a display input section 254 can be transferred to the main microcomputer 200.

[93] A display memory 252, the display input section 254, the display section 256, and the data input section are connected to the display controller 250.

[94] The display memory 252 is installed in the display device 150 and stores various data for displaying. For example, an SRAM 252a functions as a buffer to temporarily store data to be displayed on the display section 256. A booting ROM 252b performs a booting operation of the display device 150 when a power is applied to the air conditioner. A flash memory 252c stores an operating system of the display device or a picture and a moving image file to be displayed on the display section 256.

[95] The display input section 254 includes a touch screen 120 and a touch screen controller 254a. The touch screen 120 receives information selected in a touch manner. As is generally known, when a user touches the touch screen 120, the touch screen controller 254a decodes and transmits coordinate information on the the touch screen to the display controller 250. The display controller 250 analyzes the coordinate information from the touch screen controller 254a and executes a command corresponding thereto.

[96] A display unit (display area section to which a touch manner is not applied) and a function button section (display area section to which the touch manner is applied) are displayed on the display section 256. The display unit displays functions associated with an operation of the air conditioner according to a command of the display controller 250. The function button section is used to set functions of the air conditioner.

[97] The data input section 235 is an interface device, which receives data such as picture files from an exterior through a mobile storage device such as a USB memory 16a or an SD card 164. Data inputted by the data input section 258 is stored in the display memory 252 by means of the display controller 250. However, if necessary, the data may be transmitted to the main microcomputer 200 to be stored in the main memory 202.

[98] FIG. 5 is a block diagram for illustrating an operation mode of the air conditioner according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 6 is a block diagram for illustrating an operation mode of the air conditioner according to another embodiment of the present invention.

[99] As shown in FIG. 5 and FIG. 6, when a power is applied to operate an air conditioner 510, the main microcomputer 200 and the display controller 250 perform a booting operation for operating the air conditioner, and a booting screen 511 is displayed on the touch screen 120 during a performance of the booting operation. The booting screen 511 displayed on the touch screen 120 is the same screen as that displayed on the display section 256. Accordingly, hereinafter, a case that a predetermined screen is displayed on the display section 256 is referred to as 'a case that the predetermined screen is displayed on the touch screen 120.

[100] When the booting operation is terminated, the booting screen 511 displayed on the touch screen 120 is changed to an air conditioner start menu screen 520 to be displayed, that is a main menu screen on which basic function buttons associated with an operation of the air conditioner are displayed.

[101] There are an air conditioner operation button for selecting an operation function of the air conditioner, an air cleaning operation button for selecting an air cleaning function, and an information center button for selecting all kinds of information such as weather, photo album, and anniversary management as examples of the function buttons displayed on the air conditioner start menu screen 520. However, only one or two of the function buttons, or additional function buttons can be displayed by a designer.

[102] For example, when a user touches and inputs an air conditioner operation button or an air condition operation button displayed on the air conditioner start menu screen 520, the air conditioner start menu 520 screen is changed to a corresponding air conditioner menu screen or air condition operation menu screen to be displayed on the touch screen 120. FIG. 5 shows an air conditioner/air condition operation menu 600 screen displayed at one block for convenience sake of the description.

[103] When the user touches a predetermined function button displayed on the air conditioner/air condition operation menu 600, an operation set menu 610 screen of various patterns corresponding thereto is displayed on the touch screen 120. The operation set menu 610 will be described below.

[104] On the other hand, when a user touches and inputs an information center button displayed on the air conditioner start menu 520 screen, the touch screen 120 is changed from the air conditioner start menu 520 screen to a screen displaying the information center menu 700 to be displayed.

[105] A photo album button, a weather information center button, an anniversary management button, an alarm button, an operating manual button, and an environmental set button are displayed on the information center menu 700. The photo album button is used to edit, set, and display picture files downloaded from the USB memory 162 or the SD card 164. The weather information center button is used to display information associated with weather such as a weather, indoor humidity, and air cleanliness of today. The anniversary management button is used to input or display family or acquaintance's birthday. The alarm button is used to set or cancel an alarm. The operating manual button is used to display a description of functions and a construction of the air conditioner. The environmental set button is used to optionally set date or time.

[106] Accordingly, when one of the buttons displayed on the information center menu

700 is touched and inputted, a photo album menu screen 710, a weather information center menu screen 720, an anniversary management menu screen 730, an alarm menu screen 740, an operating manual menu screen 750, or an environmental set menu screen 760 being a lower menu screen thereof is displayed on the touch screen 120.

[107] In a state that the air conditioner/air cleaning operation menu screen 600, the information center menu screen 700, and its lower menu screens are displayed on the touch screen 120, when a remote controller signal and a touch input does not occur during a predetermined time period, the screens is converted into a scene protection 530 screen of displaying a predetermined picture (or moving image) in order to protect the display section 256.

[108] When a predetermined external command (for example, command associated with an operation of the air conditioner) is inputted to the scene protection 2530 through a touch or a remote control signal for the touch screen 120, it is canceled and is returned to a previous screen.

[109] On the other hand, in the state that the air conditioner start menu screen 520 is displayed, when the remote controller signal and a touch input does not occur during the predetermined time period, the air conditioner start menu screen 520 is converted into the stop mode screen 512, and it is displayed on the touch screen 120.

[110] The stop mode screen 512 includes a screen of turning-off the display section 256 for power saving. However, a general stop mode screen 512 is a screen on which a simple base information such as time/date/indoor temperature are displayed.

[Ill] In a state that the stop mode screen 512 is displayed, when a remote controller signal or a touch input is applied thereto, the stop mode screen 512 is converted into the air conditioner start menu screen 520 and is displayed on the touch screen 120.

[112] FlG. 7 is a view showing an example of an air conditioner start menu screen 520 displayed on a touch screen 120.

[113] As shown in FlG. 7, a trademark (for example WHISEN) of the air conditioner is attached to a upper portion of the touch screen 120, and an air conditioner operation button 120a is disposed under the trademark of the air conditioner. An expression of "air conditioner operation" is marked on the air conditioner operation button 120a together with an image of an air conditioner. An air clearing operation button 120b is disposed at a lower right side of the touch screen 120. An expression of "air cleaning operation" is marked on the air clearing operation button 120b together with an oxygen drop image. An information center button 120c is disposed at a lower left side of the touch screen 120. An expression of "information center" is marked on the information center button 120c together with a box image containing timepiece and pocket notebook. When one of the air conditioner operation button 120a, the air cleaning operation button 120b, or the information center button 120c is selected, a screen displayed on the touch screen 120 is converted into a corresponding screen.

[114] As illustrated earlier, when a booting screen (not shown) is displayed after applying of a power to the air conditioner, the air conditioner start start menu screen 120 shown in FlG. 7 functions as a main menu screen displayed on the touch screen 120.

[115] In a state that the air conditioner start menu screen 120 is displayed, when the remote controller signal and the touch input does not occur for a predetermined time (approximately one minute), the air conditioner start menu screen 120 is converted into a stop mode screen 512 on which basic information with respect to time or weather is displayed. In contrast to this, when a user's touch input occurs in the stop mode screen 512 state, the stop mode screen 512 is returned to the air conditioner start menu screen 120 and the routine waits for a user's input.

[116] On the other hand, when the user touch-inputs an "operation stop" button indicating an operation stop of the air conditioner in an air condition operation/air cleaning operation mode screen state, an air conditioner operation mode screen or an air cleaning operation mode screen is converted into the stop mode screen 512 at once. In this state, when a user touches the touch screen 120, the stop mode screen 512 disappears and the air conditioner start menu screen 120 is displayed on the touch screen 120.

[117] FlG. 8 shows an example of the air conditioner operation mode screen displayed on the touch screen 120 when the air conditioner operation button 120a of FlG. 7 is selected by a remote controller signal or a touch input. As explained earlier, although the air conditioner operation mode screen is generally displayed on the display section 256, the user feel that it seems to be displayed on the touch screen 120. For convenience sake of the description, it is expressed that the air conditioner operation mode screen is displayed on the touch screen 120.

[118] As shown in FlG. 8, an image such as a penguin character (can be substituted by other character according to an environmental set to be described later) skis is displayed at a upper portion of the touch screen 120 on which an air conditioner operation mode screen is displayed.

[119] An information window 300 and a temperature set button 316 are disposed at a lower portion of the touch screen 120. An operation state, weather information, indoor temperature, and desired temperature is displayed on the information window 300. Moving keys A,T for setting a desired temperature are displayed on the temperature set button 316. A mode conversion button section 318 is positioned at lower sides of the information window 300 and the temperature set button 316, and is used to convert the touch screen 120 into another mode. The mode conversion button section 318 includes an information center button 310, an operation stop button 312, and an operation set button 314. The information center button 310 is used to convert the touch screen 120 into an information center mode capable of all kinds of life related information. The operation stop button 312 is used to stop an operation of the air conditioner. The operation set button 314 is used to set an operation state of the air conditioner suited to the user's convenience.

[120] As shown, for example, an operation state of the air conditioner is displayed as

"strong cooling", weather information is displayed as "weather cloud", indoor temperature is displayed as "19°C", and desired temperature is displayed as "19°C", on the information window 300.

[121] A current operation mode of an air conditioner and an intensity of wind are displayed as the operation state. More particularly, one of weak/strong/power cooling, weak/strong/power turbo-Z, weak/strong/power dehumidification, artificial intelligence, and weak/strong air cleaning is displayed as the operation state.

[122] Moreover, although a character of "weather cloud" is displayed together with a cloud image in FlG. 8 as the atmospheric information, indoor humidity, air cleanliness, and weather information are sequentially and repeatedly displayed on an area on which the atmospheric information is being displayed in a sliding text manner. That is, the indoor humidity, the air cleanliness, and the weather information are repeatedly displayed in an order of indoor humidity → air cleanliness → weather → indoor humidity ... For example, the indoor humidity is displayed as "indoor humidity 30 %", and the air cleanliness is displayed as "bad", "common", and "good". The sliding text effect is upgraded in the period of 1 second.

[123] In the indoor temperature display section of the information window 300, when an indoor temperature ranges from 10°C to 36°C, the numerical value is normally displayed. When the indoor temperature is less than or equal to 10°C, "Lo" is displayed. On the other hand, when the indoor temperature is equal to or greater than 36°C, "Hi" is displayed.

[124] Strong wind/weak wind guide is displayed on the desired temperature display section of the information window 300 in an air cleanliness mode. When a user pushes a moving key of a temperature set button 316, air volume is increased. On the other hand, "Ai" is displayed in an artificial intelligence mode, and one of -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 is displayed by an input of the moving key of the temperature set button 316. Further, when a turbo-Z function is turned-on, "Po" is displayed. In remaining modes, a temperature ranging from 18°C to 30°C is displayed.

[125] The temperature set button 316 is an input section for setting a desired temperature ranging from 18°C to 30°C using a vertical moving key. When only an air cleaning function is performed, the temperature set button 316 is used as a weak/strong conversion key of wind intensity. When the user sets the desired temperature using the vertical moving key of the temperature set button 316, the temperature is increased 1°C by 1°C.

[126] Moreover, 4 icons (additional operation state icons 31) for additionally displaying an operation state of the air conditioner is displayed on the information window 300. Among the additional operation state icons 31, a most left icon displays an operation or non-operation of an air cleaning, a right side icon of the most left icon displays an operation or non-operation of an outdoor unit. A right side icon of the icon for display the operation or non-operation of an outdoor unit displays a power saving mode or non-power saving mode. A most right icon displays a time reservation set or non-time reservation set. A display order of the four icons is not constant. The four icons are displayed in an order from a left side to a right side according to a performance order of operations corresponding to respective functions. When the air conditioner is operated only for air cleaning, the additional operation state icon 231 is not displayed. In this case, air cleanliness to be described later is displayed.

[127] The aforementioned information window 300 only displays the above-mentioned information but is not for touch input.

[128] On the other hand, the user selects an information center button 310 of the mode conversion button section 318, a screen on the touch screen 120 moves to an information center menu screen 700. When an operation stop button 312 is selected, the screen on the touch screen 120 moves to a stop mode screen 512. When an operation set button 314 is selected, the screen on the touch screen 120 moves to an operation detail control screen of an air conditioner to be described later.

[129] FlG. 9 is a view showing an example of an operation detail control screen according to an embodiment of the present invention. A user can selectively set an operation mode, wind intensity, or additional function on the operation detail control screen.

[130] As shown, an information window 300 and a temperature set button 2316 are displayed on the operation detail control screen. An operation state of the air conditioner, atmospheric information, indoor temperature, and desired temperature are displayed through the information window 300. The temperature set button 316 includes vertical moving keys A,T for setting a desired temperature. The information window 300 and the temperature set button 2316 have substantially the same functions as those of the information window 2300 and the temperature set button 316 shown in FlG. 8, respectively. Accordingly, the user selects a vertical moving key of the temperature set button 316 to control a desired temperature.

[131] An operation mode selector 810, a wind intensity selector 820, an additional function selector 830, and a mode conversion button section 840 are sequentially displayed at a lower side of the temperature set button 316 downwards.

[132] The operation mode selector 810 includes a cooling button 811, an artificial intelligence button 812, a dehumidification button 813, and an air cleaning button 814.

[133] The wind intensity selector 820 includes a weak wing button 821, a strong wind button 822, a power wind button 823, and a turbo-Z button 824.

[134] The additional function selector 830 includes a horizontal wind button 831, a vertical wind button 832, and a power saving button 833.

[135] The mode conversion button section 840 includes an information center button

2841, an operation stop button 842, and a set completion button 843.

[136] When the air conditioner operates for only air condition, the operation mode selector 810, the wind intensity selector 820, the additional function selector 830, and the mode conversion button section 840 can be simultaneously selected. In contrast to this, when the air conditioner operates for only air cleaning, only the weak wing button 821 and the strong wind button 822 of the wind intensity selector 820 can be inputted, but the power wind button 823 and the turbo-Z button 2824 and remaining functions are disabled and can not be inputted. When an air cleaning operation button 120b of FlG. 6 is selected, an air conditioner start menu screen 120 of FlG. 7 is converted into an operation detail control screen of FlG. 9 at once. Accordingly, in an air conditioner operation mode screen of FlG. 8 displayed by a selection of the air conditioner operation button 120a of FlG. 7 associated with an operation of the air conditioner, as an operation set button 314 is selected, it is converted into an operation detail control screen of FlG. 9. There is a little difference between the former case and the latter case.

[137] After the air conditioner start menu screen is converted into an operation detail control screen in FlG. 9, when a user's input does not occur for a predetermined time (for example, 1 minute), it is returned to a screen state of FlG. 8. On the contrary, when the user's input occurs, it is automatically returned to a screen state of FlG. 8 approximately 5 seconds later since a final input.

[138] FlG. 10 is a view showing the air conditioner operation mode screen of FlG. 8 displayed as a character operation mode animation of various patterns according to an operation state of the air conditioner.

[139] FlG. 10(a) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "weak cooling". FlG. 10(b) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "strong cooling". FlG. 10(c) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "power cooling".

[140] FlG. 10(d) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "weak turbo-Z". FlG. 10(e) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "strong turbo-Z". FlG. 10(f) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "power turbo-Z". FlG. 10(g) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "weak dehumidification". FlG. 10(h) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "artificial intelligence". FlG. 10(i) shows an air conditioner mode screen when an air conditioner operates in "strong air cleaning".

[141] As shown in FlG. 10, it is understood that various characters are displayed on the air conditioner operation mode screen according to an operation state of the air conditioner. In the present, the characters are expressed as moving image. However, the characters can be expressed as still image.

[142] FlGs. 1 l(a) to 1 l(i) are views showing the air conditioner operation mode screen of

FlG. 8 displayed as a motion operation mode animation of various patterns according to an operation state of the air conditioner. An animation image is displayed on the motion operation mode animation at a upper portion of the touch screen 120 as moving image.

[143] In the same manner as in FlG. 10, it is understood that the animation of various images is displayed on the air conditioner mode screen according to the operation state of the air conditioner.

[144] FlG. 12 is a view showing an example of a screen state when a remote controller signal is suddenly received while the air conditioner is operating in a screen state of FIG. 10 or FIG. 11.

[145] When the remote controller signal is applied to the air conditioner, remote controller receiving alarm windows 1111 to 1114 of various patterns appear on the air conditioner operation mode screen. In this case, a previous air conditioner mode screen is converted into a dim background screen.

[146] The remote controller receiving alarm window 1111 of FIG. 12(a) is a screen displayed when a desired temperature is adjusted using a remote controller. The remote controller receiving alarm window 1112 of FlG. 12(b) is a screen displayed when air volume is adjusted. The remote controller receiving alarm window 1113 of FIG. 12(c) is a screen displayed when a vertical wind discharged from the air conditioner is adjusted. The remote controller receiving alarm window 1114 of FlG. 12(d) is a screen displayed when a horizontal wind discharged from the air conditioner is adjusted.

[147] After a reception of the remote controller signal, the remote controller receiving alarm windows 1111 to 1114 are displayed for approximately 5 seconds and automatically disappear.

[148] Only when the data received from a remote controller are a vertical wind on or horizontal wind on, the remote controller receiving alarm windows 1113 and 1114 of FlGs. 12(c) and 12(d) are displayed. After the remote controller transfers a vertical wind on command, when the vertical wind on command is canceled, the remote controller receiving alarm windows 1113 and 1114 are not displayed and disappear at once.

[149] On the other hand, in a state that a screen protection function 530 is displayed, when the remote controller signal is received, the screen protection function 530 and a remote controller receiving alarm window is then displayed.

[150] Furthermore, when the remote controller signal is received on the information center mode screen, the information center mode screen enters in an operation mode. Accordingly, the remote controller receiving alarm window is not separately displayed.

[151] FlG. 13 shows an information center mode screen displayed on the entire surface of the touch screen when an information center button 120c of an air conditioner start menu screen 120 shown in FlG. 7 is touch-inputted.

[152] As shown, a wether station button 1210, a photo album button 1220, an anniversary management button 1230, an alarm button 1240, an environment set button 1250, an operating manual button 1260, and a previous button 1270 are displayed on an information center mode screen of FlG. 13.

[153] When the wether station button 1210 is selected, the information center mode screen is converted into the atmospheric information center mode screen 1211. When a photo album button 1220 is selected, it is converted into a photo album mode screen 1221. When an anniversary management button 1230 is selected, it is converted into an anniversary management mode screen 1231. When the alarm button 1240 is selected, it is converted into an alarm button mode screen 1241. When the environmental set button 1250 is selected, it is converted into an environmental set mode screen 1251. When the operation manual button 1260 is selected, it is converted into an operation manual mode screen 1261. In a state that an information center mode screen of FlG. 13 is displayed, when a predetermined time elapses, the information center mode screen is converted into a stop mode screen 512.

[154] On the other hand, when an information center button 310 of a lower end portion on the air conditioner operation mode screen 600 of FlG. 8 is selected, it is converted into a screen of FlG. 13.

[155] When a "previous" button 1270 disposed at a lower end portion of the information center mode screen is selected, where the present air conditioner operates, the information center mode screen is converted into an air conditioner operation mode screen 600 of FlG. 8. Where the air conditioner stops, the information center mode screen is converted into a stop mode screen 512.

[156] In the same manner, in a state that the information center mode screen is displayed, when a remote controller signal is applied, it enters into an air conditioner/air cleaning operation menu screen 600 or a stop mode screen 512 according to an operation state of the air conditioner.

[157] FlG. 14 is a view showing an example of a weather information center mode screen.

[158] As shown, a display section 1211a and a previous button 121 Ib are displayed on the weather information center mode screen 1211. The display section 1211a includes a today's weather display part for displaying rain, cloud, cloudy, and fine; an indoor humidity part for displaying a present indoor humidity within 19 to 99 %; and an air cleanliness display part for displaying freshness of air as three values of bad, common, and good. The previous button 121 Ib is used to move to an information center mode screen of FlG. 13, which is a previous screen state. In FlG. 14, a touch input manner is applied to the previous button 121 Ib. The display section 121 Ia is used for only displaying the information.

[159] Next, a photo album button 1220 is selected to move a screen on the touch screen from an information center mode screen of FlG. 13 to a photo album mode screen.

[160] FlG. 15 (a) is an example of a thumb nail screen, which is a first screen of the photo album mode screen. A plurality of photograph files stored in a display memory 252, in particularly, in a flash memory 252c are displayed on the thumb nail screen as reduced pictures. FlG. 15(b) is a sheet view screen appearing when one of the plurality of photograph files is selected. FlG. 15(c) is a screen protection function set screen to select photographs to be used in a screen protection function. FlG. 15(d) is a photograph taking screen for taking photograph files received from an external USB memory, and a description thereof will be explained below.

[161] FlG. 16 is a view showing functions formed on the thumb nail screen.

[162] As shown, a thumb nail screen is displayed at a upper left side of FlG. 16(a). A sheet view screen appearing when a specific photograph displayed on the thumb nail screen is selected, is displayed at a upper right side of FlG. 16(a). Page moving keys ^,^ for moving other thumb nail screens are displayed under the thumb nail screen. A "menu" button for selecting functions being embodied on the photo album screen is disposed at the lowest left side of FlG. 16(a). A "previous" button for moving the screen to an information center mode screen is disposed at the lowest right side of FlG. 16(a).

[163] As shown in FlG. 16(a), a maximum nine photograph files are displayed on the thumb nail screen as one page. When a specific photograph file is selected from the thumb nail screen, the screen moves to a sheet view screen of FlG. 16(b) to be described later.

[164] In FlG. 16(a), when a "menu" button is selected, as shown in FlG. 16(c), a menu list including a continuous view, a screen protection function set, taking photograph, and cancel all, and close menu is displayed on the thumb nail screen.

[165] In FlG. 16(a), when a "previous" button is selected, a thumb nail screen of FlG. 16 is converted into an information center mode screen of FlG. 16(d) illustrated in FlG. 13.

[166] FlG. 17 is a view illustrating a sheet view screen for magnifying and viewing pictures on the thumb nail. FlG. 17(a) is an example of the sheet view screen. As shown, a predetermined photograph file image selected from the photo album screen is magnified and displayed. Moving keys -4,^- are disposed under the predetermined photograph file image and are used to move the screen to another photograph file on the photo album screen in which the predetermined photograph file is positioned. A "menu" button and a "previous" button are displayed at a lower left side and a lower right side of the sheet view screen, respectively.

[167] First, in FlG. 17(a), when a photograph is selected, the selected photograph is displayed on a total screen as shown in FlG. 17(b). When the user selects the "previous" button disposed at a lower end of FlG. 17(b), a total screen is converted into FlG. 17(a), which is a main screen of the sheet view screen.

[168] When the "menu" button is selected in FlG. 17(a), a menu window having "rotate photograph", "cancel", and "close menu" appears as shown in FlG. 17(c) on the sheet view screen of FlG. 17(a).

[169] When a "rotate photograph" is selected from the menu window of FlG. 17(c), as shown in FlG. 17(d), a photograph rotation window is displayed. Here, four function buttons, a "confirmation" button, and a "cancel" button are display on the photograph rotation window. The four function buttons are used to rotate photographs by horizontal/vertical symmetry or clockwise/counterclockwise 90°. The "confirmation" button is used to set a corresponding operation after an operation of the function buttons is terminated. The "cancel" button is used to cancel a set state. When the "confirmation" button or the "cancel" button is selected in the photograph rotation window, a screen of FlG. 17(d) moves to FlG. 17(a), which is a main screen of the sheet view screen.

[170] When the "cancel" button is selected from the menu window of FlG. 17(c), as shown in FlG. 17(e), a cancel confirmation window for confirming a maintenance or a cancel of a photograph file appears, which is currently displayed.

[171] When a "yes" of agreeing a cancel of the photograph file being currently displayed in the cancel confirmation window, a corresponding photograph file is cancelled and a screen moves to FlG. 16(a), which is a thumb nail screen. In contrast to this, when a "no" of denying a cancel of the photograph file being currently displayed in the cancel confirmation window, the screen is returned to FlG. 17(a), which is a main screen of the sheet view screen. [172] When a "close menu" button displayed on the menu window of FlG. 17(c) is selected, the screen is directly returned to FlG. 17(a), which is a main screen of the sheet view screen.

[173] On the other hand, the "previous" button of FlG. 17(a) is used to move the screen to

FlG. 16(a), which is the thumb nail screen.

[174] FlG. 18(a) shows a menu window displayed when a "menu" button of FlG. 16(a) is selected. Items, "continuous view", "set screen protection function", "taking photograph", and "cancel all" are displayed on the menu window.

[175] When the "continuous view" is selected, all photograph file images stored in a current photo album are upgraded and displayed with the period of five seconds. If there no photographs in the photo album, a message indicating "album is empty" is outputted.

[176] When the "set screen protection function" is selected, as shown in FlG. 18(b), the screen moves a screen capable of selecting a photograph to be used as a background photograph of a screen protect function as shown in FlG. 18(b). When a user selects one of photographs displayed in FlG. 18(b) to input a "set" button, a selected photograph is set as a photograph for a screen protection function and the screen is moved to a thumb nail screen shown in FlG. 16(a).

[177] When the "previous" button is selected in FlG. 18(b), the screen is moved to a screen of FlG. 18(a).

[178] Next, a "taking photograph" button in FlG. 18(a) functions to download photographs stored in a USB memory 162 or an SD card 164 being an external storage device. The user selects the "taking" button to download a predetermined photograph. When a "previous" button is selected, the screen is moved to a thumb nail screen of FlG. 16(a), which is a previous screen.

[179] The "cancel all" functions to cancel all photograph files in the photo album, and provides a user with a message window for another confirmation, so that it is performed after the user's confirmation.

[180] FlG. 19 is a view showing an example of an anniversary management mode screen when an anniversary management button 1230 shown in FlG. 13 is selected. The anniversary management mode screen includes a calendar screen, an anniversary list screen, and an anniversary edit screen. FlGs. 19(a), 19(b), and 19(c) show respective initial screens of the calendar screen, the anniversary list screen, and the anniversary edit screen.

[181] The calendar screen shown in FlG. 19(a) is a screen, which initially appears when the anniversary management button 1230 of FlG. 13 is selected. The calendar screen will be described with reference to FlG. 20 to FlG. 22.

[182] FlG. 20 is a view showing a calendar screen and functions thereof. [183] As shown in FlG. 20(a), a calendar is displayed on the calendar screen, and moving keys -4,^- are displayed at a lower portion of the calendar. A "list view" button and a "previous" button are displayed at a lower left side of the calendar screen.

[184] Present set anniversaries are displayed at each date of the calendar as icons corresponding a kind of the anniversaries. When an alarm function for informing corresponding anniversaries are provided, a small icon of a time shape is further displayed as shown in HG. 20(b).

[185] When the user selects a desired data from the calendar, the screen moves from a screen of FlG. 19(c) to a referred anniversary edit screen by setting a corresponding date as a selected date. A description thereof will be described with reference to FlG. 22 later.

[186] The moving keys -4,^- displayed on a calendar screen of FlG. 20(a) functions to move the screen to a next month or a previous month.

[187] When a "list view" button is selected on the calendar screen, the screen is moved to an anniversary list screen referred in FlG. 19(b). Further, when a "previous" button is selected, the screen is moved to an information center mode screen of FlG. 13.

[188] FlG. 21 (a) shows a main screen of an anniversary list screen.

[189] As shown, an anniversary date, a date of a lunar month of a corresponding date, a kind of an anniversary of a corresponding date, and alarm or non-alarm of the anniversary are displayed on the anniversary list screen in a form of a list.

[190] When a specific data is selected from the anniversary list screen, the screen is moved to an anniversary edit screen as shown in FlG. 21(b). This case is the same as a case of moving the screen to an anniversary edit screen when a data is selected from the calendar screen of FlG. 20(a).

[191] Horizontal moving keys displayed on the anniversary list screen are used to move the screen to an anniversary of a next or previous page.

[192] A "cancel all" button is located at a lower left side of the anniversary list screen, and functions to cancel all present stored anniversaries. When the "cancel all" is selected, a confirmation window for confirming it appears.

[193] Finally, a "previous" button positioned at a lower right side of the anniversary list screen is selected, the screen is moved to a calendar screen shown in FlG. 20(a) being a previous screen.

[194] FlG. 22 is a view showing an anniversary edit screen capable of setting a kind and the person concerned of an anniversary and functions thereof. As shown, data to be managed as anniversaries are displayed in an order of year/month/date at a upper end portion of the anniversary edit screen.

[195] Horizontal moving keys capable of selecting a kind of anniversaries are located under the date. A kind of an anniversary is displayed at center of the horizontal moving keys according to a moving of the horizontal moving keys. There are birthday, wedding anniversary, ancestral sacrifice and the like as a kind of the anniversary. Accordingly, the user selects the horizontal moving keys to determine one of the anniversaries.

[196] Horizontal moving keys capable of selecting the person concerned of the anniversaries under the kind of anniversaries. The person concerned is displayed at a center of the horizontal moving keys. There are father/mother, grandfather/ grandmother, son/daughter or the like as an example of the person concerned. Accordingly, the user selects the horizontal moving keys to determined one of the person concerned.

[197] An alarm set selector is positioned under the horizontal moving keys, and determines as to whether or not an alarm function through a speaker is added to a corresponding anniversary. The alarm set selector includes an "ON" button and an "OFF" button. When the "ON" button is selected, "alarm set day", "set time", and "repetition set" buttons can be selected. In contrast to this, when the "OFF" button is selected, because the "alarm set day" button is disabled, it can not be selected.

[198] One of one day ago, two days ago, three days ago, and one week ago can be determined as the "set day" using the horizontal moving keys. The "set time" determines what time is an alarm with respect to a corresponding anniversary achieved using the horizontal moving keys. The "repetition set" functions to determine whether an alarm is performed once or every year.

[199] A "storage" button, a "cancel" button, and a "previous" button are displayed at a lower left side, a lower center, and a lower right side of the anniversary edit screen.

[200] When the user selects the "storage" button, set contents with respect to the set anniversary are stored. The "cancel" button functions to cancel information with respect to a corresponding anniversary.

[201] After the "storage" button, the "cancel" button, and the "previous" button have been selected, the anniversary edit screen of FIG. 22 is moved to the calendar screen illustrate with reference to FIG. 19(a).

[202] FIG. 23 is a view showing an example of a screen displayed on a touch screen according to a kind of an anniversary as mentioned above.

[203] That is, FIG. 23(a) shows an example of an image displayed when a corresponding anniversary is birthday or wedding anniversary. FIG. 23(b) shows an example of an image displayed when a corresponding anniversary is the rest. FIG. 23 (c) shows an example of an image displayed when a corresponding anniversary is ancestral sacrifice.

[204] When the corresponding anniversary comes, the images of FIG. 23 are displayed on the touch screen. The image continues to be displayed during a corresponding an- niversary until a user confirms it.

[205] FlG. 24 is a view showing an example of an alarm set screen when an alarm button

1240 of FlG. 13 is selected. After an "ON" button for setting an alarm has been selected, desired alarm contents can be set using horizontal moving keys of a corresponding item for setting the alarm.

[206] In an alarm set screen, "duration time" button is used to select one of 30 seconds, 1 minute, and 3 minutes as an alarm duration time. A "repetition set" button is used to select one of every day, Monday to Friday, Monday to Saturday. An "alarm sound" is used to select one of different melodies as an alarm.

[207] The "storage" button is positioned at a lower left side of the alarm set screen, and is used to set the alarm as the aforementioned contents. When the "storage" button is selected or a predetermined time elapses in the alarm set screen state, the alarm set screen is moved to an information center mode screen of FlG. 13.

[208] The "cancel" button is positioned at a lower right side of the alarm set screen, and is used to move the alarm set screen to the information center mode screen of FlG. 13.

[209] FlG. 25 is a view showing a main screen of an environmental set screen referred in

FIG. 13.

[210] As shown, an operation mode button, a stop mode button, a screen protection function button, a screen brightness button, a date/time button, and an effect sound button are displayed on the environmental set screen.

[211] The operation mode button is used to select and set a screen displayed during an operation of the air conditioner. The stop mode button is used to set a stop mode screen displayed in the stop mode illustrated in FIG. 5. The screen protection function button is used to set a screen appearing in the screen protection function mode illustrated in FlG. 5. The screen brightness button is used to adjust a brightness of the touch screen. The date/time button is used to set data and time. The effect sound button is used to set a button sound and the like.

[212] When a "previous" button positioned at a lower end portion of the environmental set screen, the environmental set screen of FIG. 25 is returned to the information center mode screen of FlG. 13.

[213] The following is a description of respective functions shown in FlG. 25 with reference to HG. 26 to FIG. 31.

[214] FlG. 26 is a view showing an example of an operation mode set screen for setting a screen displayed on the touch screen in an operation mode.

[215] A user selects an image (character theme or motion theme) appearing on an operation mode screen and then selects a "storage" button to determine a kind of a screen displayed during an operation of an air conditioner. When a "storage" is achieved, the operation mode screen moves to an environmental set screen of FIG. 25. [216] A "previous" button of FlG. 26 is used to previous view how the selected image is displayed on the touch screen. A "cancel" button is used to move the screen to an environmental set screen of FlG. 25.

[217] FlG. 27 is a view showing an example of a stop mode set screen for setting a screen displayed on the touch screen in a stop mode.

[218] As shown, images of various patterns by themes (time, date, indoor temperature, nothing) and backgrounds (deep sea, underwater, sky) are displayed on the stop mode set screen, which can be displayed in a stop mode. After the user selects one of the images, he selects a "previous view" button to previous view how displays it or selects a "storage" button to store it to be displayed in a stop mode.

[219] When the "storage" button or the "cancel" button is selected, the stop mode screen moves to an environmental set screen of FlG. 25.

[220] FlG. 28 is a view showing an example of a screen protection function set screen for setting a screen protection function screen appearing in a screen protection state illustrated in FlG. 5.

[221] Images of various patterns by themes (album, scenery, famous picture, nothing) and frames (wave pattern, black, lattice pattern, nothing) are displayed on the screen protection function set screen.

[222] The functions of "previous view", "storage", and "cancel" buttons displayed at a lower end portion of the screen protection function set screen are identical to those shown in FlG. 27 and FlG. 28.

[223] FlG. 29 shows a screen brightness set screen for adjusting a brightness of a screen displayed on the touch screen.

[224] The bright of the screen is divided into 10 levels. A user can adjust the brightness of the screen by levels using a "-" button and a "+" button. The user can adjust a brightness change of an image for brightness adjustment displayed on the screen brightness set screen. In a state that the adjustment is terminated, when a "storage" button or a "cancel" button is selected, it enters into an environmental set screen of FIG. 25.

[225] FlG. 30 shows a weather/time set screen.

[226] As shown, the weather/time set screen is divide into a part for setting a date and a part for setting a time.

[227] Horizontal moving keys capable of adjusting year/month/date are disposed at the part for setting a date, and vertical moving keys capable of adjusting morning/ afternoon, hour, minute are disposed at the a part for setting time. The user can adjust a desired date or time using corresponding horizontal keys, and select a "storage" button positioned at a lower end of the weather/time set screen to set a desires date and time.

[228] When the "storage" button or a "cancel" button positioned at a right side of the "storage" button is selected, the weather/time set screen enters into the environmental set screen of FlG. 25.

[229] FlG. 31 shows an effect sound set screen.

[230] The effect sound set screen includes a button sound set section and an operation mode background music set section. The button sound set section is used to set a tone of a button sound each time the user touches on the touch screen. The operation mode background music set section is used to set a volume of a background music outputted during an operation of the air conditioner.

[231] The button sound set section includes an "ON" button, an "OFF" button, and a

"volume adjustment" button for adjusting a volume of a sound. The user selects the "ON" button of the button sound set section, and can then adjust a volume by levels using "-" and "+" buttons of the "volume adjustment" button.

[232] When the the "OFF" button of the button sound set section is selected, a volume adjustment is impossible. Although a predetermined button is touched on the touch screen, no sounds are outputted.

[233] The operation mode background music set section also includes an "ON" button, an

"OFF" button, and a "volume adjustment" button for adjusting a volume of a sound, the use method of the buttons are the same as that of the buttons in the button set section.

[234] FlG. 32 shows a main screen of an operation manual screen in which a use method information of the air conditioner is stored.

[235] As shown, an internal explanation button, a button guide button, a filter cleaning button, a weather information center button, a plasma clean system sweeping button, a picture taking button, a high efficiency particulate arrestor (HEPA) filter exchange method button, an anniversary management button, a keeping method button, and a user option set button are displayed on the operation manual screen as 10 details.

[236] When the internal explanation button is selected, the user can view an internal construction drawing of an air conditioner and a manual screen having an explanation thereof are displayed. When the button guide button is selected, the user can view a manual screen having an explanation of functions of the button used on the touch screen and a use method thereof is displayed. When the filter cleaning button is selected, the user can view a manual screen having an explanation of a kind of filters used in the air conditioner and a cleaning method thereof. When the weather information center button is selected, the user can view a manual screen with respect to a use method of the weather information center.

[237] On the other hand, when the plasma clean system sweeping button is selected, a user can view a manual screen in which a method for operating an air cleaning function during an operation or stop of the air conditioner is described. When the picture taking button is selected, a user can view a manual screen in which a method for storing picture files stored in an external USB memory in an inside is explained.

When the HEPA filter exchange method button is selected, the user can view a manual screen in which a position and an exchange method of the HEPA filter are described.

When the anniversary management button is selected, the user can view in which a button operation method associated with an anniversary management is explained.

When the keeping method button is selected, the user can view a manual screen in which a keeping method by seasons is explained. When the user option set button is selected, the user can view a manual screen in which items being changed according to a user's selection is described. [238] The "previous button" is positioned at a lower end of the operation manual screen.

When the "previous button" is selected, the operation manual screen is moved to the environmental set screen of FIG. 25. [239] FIG. 33(a) shows an example of a manual screen displayed when a filter sweeping button on an operation manual screen is selected. FIG. 33(b) shows an example of a manual screen displayed when an internal explanation button is selected. [240] In FIG. 33(a), 1/3 marked at a center of horizontal moving keys indicates that a first page among total 3 pages of filter sweeping manual screen. The user accesses a next page or a previous page using the horizontal moving keys to view a description of a filter sweeping method. [241] FIG. 33(b) shows an example of an internal explanation manual screen with respect to a construction of an air conditioner, which is formed of 1 page. [242] In FIG. 33(a) and FIG. 33(b), a "previous" button positioned at a lower end portion of the manual screen, it is returned to an operation manual screen of FIG. 32. [243] Although respective manual screens of remaining detailed items are not shown, they are substantially the same as those of FIGs. 33 (a) and 33(b). [244] FIG. 34 is a flow chart for illustrating a controlling method of an air conditioner through a touch screen according to another embodiment of the present invention. [245] First, a power for an operation of the air conditioner is applied.

[246] When the power is applied, a main microcomputer 200 and a display controller 250 performs an initial booting operation.

[247] The initial booting operation is displayed on the display section 256.

[248] After the booting operation is terminated, function buttons for an operation of the air conditioner are displayed on the display section 256. The function buttons can be displayed as texts or images of displaying a command associated with an operation of the air conditioner. [249] A user selects a desired button among the function buttons using the touch screen

120 to input a command for operating the air conditioner (step S1310). As is generally known, when a user touches the touch screen 120, the touch screen 120 transfers information regarding a predetermined position to the touch screen controller 254a.

[250] The display controller 250 analyzes and decodes the coordinate information from the touch screen controller 254a, and transmits the decoded signal to the display controller 250 (step S 1320).

[251] The display controller 250 receives the decoded signal and receives a command corresponding to the function buttons (step S 1330).

[252] The display controller 250 transmits the decoded command signal to the main microcomputer 200. Here, the decoded command includes commands associated with an operation of an air conditioner such as wind direction, temperature, wind speed, operation/stop of the air conditioner as well as a command (for example, indoor temperature, humidity, air cleaning state) for searching predetermined information provided by the air conditioner.

[253] The main microcomputer 200 resets a wind direction and a temperature of the air conditioner according to the command (step S 1340), and then transmits data information executed according to the command to the display controller 250 (step S 1350). At this time, the main microcomputer 200 transmits operation state information of the air conditioner together with the execution result of the command to the display controller 250 in real time.

[254] The display section 256 displays the information from the main microcomputer 200 under a control of the display controller 250 (step S 1360). Accordingly, the information processed by the main microcomputer 200 according to the command as well as various information with respect to an operation state of the air conditioner are displayed on the display section 256.

[255] As described above, the present invention provides a controlling method of the air conditioner executed when a predetermined command for operating the air conditioner is applied thereto.

[256] As is seen from the forgoing description, an embodiment of the present invention separately includes a display controller 250 and a main microcomputer 200. The display controller 250 displays predetermined information on the display section 256. The main microcomputer 200 executes commands. However, one person skilled in the art may perform the controlling method of the air conditioner using one controller.

[257] While a preferred embodiment of the present invention has been described for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims. Industrial Applicability In accordance with a controlling method of an air conditioner, a user convenience of the air conditioner and a customer's interest are enhanced, thereby having excellent industrial applicability.

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[1] A controlling method of an air conditioner with a touch screen, comprising the steps of:
(i) displaying a booting state of the air conditioner when a power for operating the air conditioner is applied;
(ii) displaying a main menu screen on which a function button of the touch screen for an operation of the air conditioner on the display section after the booting state is terminated; and
(iii) executing a selected function of the function button when the function button is selected through the touch screen.
[2] The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the main menu screen displayed on the display device is converted into a stop mode screen for display only a predetermined information or image and then is displayed when a command for operating the air conditioner is not inputted for a predetermined time in a state that the main menu screen is displayed.
[3] The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein step (iii) includes the sub-steps of: touching and selecting a predetermined position of the touch screen in order to select a function button necessary in an operation control of the air conditioner; recognizing a coordinate of the selected predetermined position of the touch screen and outputting a decoded signal; and receiving the decoded signal and receiving and executing a command corresponding to the function button.
[4] The method as claimed in claim 1, further comprising displaying a data information associated with an execution of the selected function button on the display device.
[5] A controlling method of an air conditioner with a touch screen, comprising the steps of:
(a) touching and selecting a predetermined position of the touch screen in order to select a function button necessary in an operation control of the air conditioner;
(b) recognizing a coordinate of the selected predetermined position of the touch screen and outputting a decoded signal;
(c) receiving the decoded signal and receiving and executing a command corresponding to the function button; and
(d) displaying a data information executed according to the command on the display device.
[6] The method as claimed in claim 5, wherein the reception of the command in step (c) is performed by a first controller, which controls the display device, and the execution of the command in step (c) is performed by a second controller, which control an operation of the air conditioner.
[7] The method as claimed in claim 6, wherein command result information executed by the second controller is transferred to the first controller, and the first controller receives the command result information and performs step (d).
[8] The method as claimed in claim 5, wherein the command inputted through the touch screen includes: a command being directly associated with an operation of the air conditioner, and a command for setting an operation state of the air conditioner.
[9] The method as claimed in claim 8, wherein the command inputted through the touch screen further includes a command for setting an image displayed on the display device.
[10] The method as claimed in claim 5, wherein the information displayed on the display device includes: a display section for displaying a predetermined image corresponding to the command; and a button section on which a function button indicating various commands necessary in an operation of the air conditioner is displayed.
[11] The method as claimed in claim 10, wherein a function button of the button section is selected through the touch screen.
[12] A controlling method of an air conditioner with a display device for displaying an operation state of the air conditioner, comprising the steps of: (J) displaying a booting state of the air conditioner when a power for operating the air conditioner is applied; and
(II) displaying a main menu screen on which a function button of the touch screen for an operation of the air conditioner on the display section after the booting state is terminated, wherein the main menu screen displayed on the display device is converted into a stop mode screen for display only a predetermined information or image and then is displayed when a command for operating the air conditioner is not inputted for a predetermined time in a state that the main menu screen is displayed.
[13] The method as claimed in claim 12, wherein in a state that the stop mode screen is displayed on the display device, when an external command for operating the air conditioner is inputted, the stop mode screen is converted into the main menu screen and then the main menu screen is displayed.
[14] The method as claimed in claim 12, wherein the function button of the main menu screen includes: at least one of an air conditioner operation button for controlling an operation of the air conditioner; an air cleaning operation button for operating the air conditioner for air cleaning; and an information center button for displaying or setting various information necessary in a use of the air conditioner. [15] The method as claimed in claim 14, wherein the main menu screen is converted into an air conditioner operation mode screen for displaying information associated with an operation of the air conditioner and is then displayed when the air conditioner operation button is selected through the touch screen. [16] The method as claimed in claim 15, wherein the air conditioner operation mode screen is converted into the stop mode screen when a command for stopping an operation of the air conditioner in a state that the air conditioner operation mode screen is displayed. [17] The method as claimed in claim 15, wherein the air conditioner operation mode screen is converted into a screen protection function screen for protecting the display device when a predetermined time elapses in a state that the air conditioner operation mode screen is displayed. [18] The method as claimed in claim 14, wherein the main menu screen is converted into an air cleaning mode screen on which items necessary for air cleaning are displayed when the air cleaning button is selected through the touch screen. [19] The method as claimed in claim 18, wherein the air cleaning mode screen is converted into the stop mode screen when a command for stopping an operation of the air cleaning is inputted through the touch screen in a state that the air cleaning mode screen is displayed on the display device. [20] The method as claimed in claim 18, wherein the air cleaning mode screen is converted into a screen protection function screen for protecting the display device when a predetermined time elapses in a state that the air cleaning mode screen is displayed.
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