US Patent No: 5,938,757

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Programmable distributed appliance control system

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A device for incorporation into a variety of consumer appliances for use in a home automation environment. The invention comprises an electronic hardware module having software resident on the module, providing an interface between an appliance and other elements on a communications system employing the 'Consumer Electronics Bus' protocol. The present invention interprets data messages sent to the appliance and signals the appliance in a preprogrammed manner. Also, the invention can be programmed to generate a specific data message for transmission to another appliance. The invention accommodates the various communication media, levels of electrical noise, and operating speeds allowed by the 'Consumer Electronics Bus' protocol.

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BERTSCH; LUDO ARDENBRITISH COLUMBIA0

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bertsch, Ludo Arden Victoria, CA 4 203

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