Expandable home automation system

  • US 5,086,385 A
  • Filed: 01/31/1989
  • Issued: 02/04/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for automatically controlling a plurality of remotely controllable subsystems within a house, said system also being useful for automatically performing a plurality of commands input to the system by a user, said system comprising:

  • a programmed data processor;

    at least one data interface means connected to said programmed data processor by means of a data bus, said at least one data interface means being connected to said plurality of remotely controllable subsystems for providing bidirectional direct communication between the subsystems and said programmed data processor;

    visual communication interface means comprised of a high resolution video monitor and associated touchscreen interface, through which the system communicates information received from said subsystems and also accepts commands from said user, said commands being communicated to said system merely by the user touching said touchscreen interface means; and

    audio communication interface means comprised of a voice recognition and speech system, through which the system and user communicate with each other, said voice recognition and speech system functioning together with said visual communication interface to provide cues to said user as to available commands, feedback of whether the current command has been accepted by the system and the results of performing said current command.

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