Graphical user interface with method and apparatus for interfacing to remote devices

  • US 6,020,881 A
  • Filed: 02/18/1997
  • Issued: 02/01/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/24/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An apparatus for controlling at least one remote device, said apparatus comprising:

  • a central processing unit (CPU);

    a memory coupled to said central processing unit;

    a display screen, said display screen coupled to said CPU, said display screen displaying graphic images;

    a communications device configured to receive and transmit messages across a communications network, said communications device coupled to said central processing unit;

    a device configured to receive via said communications device a user interface program object defining a graphical user interface for a remote device, wherein each remote device broadcasts a corresponding user interface program object; and

    a device configured to invoke a user interface method in said user interface program object, said user interface method displaying a graphical user interface associated with said remote device on said display screen.

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