Method and apparatus for setting programmable features of an appliance

  • US 6,483,906 B1
  • Filed: 10/08/1999
  • Issued: 11/19/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for setting programmable features of an appliance comprising the steps of:

  • providing an interactive site on a global computer network;

    providing a graphical user interface at the interactive site, said graphical user interface having a virtual appliance that graphically depicts programmable features of a corresponding real appliance, said real appliance including a removable transfer device having an optical sensor;

    establishing a connection with the interactive site using a computer with a display screen;

    interactively setting programmable features of the virtual appliance using the graphical user interface at the interactive site;

    downloading set-up data for the programmable features from the interactive site to the computer;

    removing the transfer device from the real appliance;

    positioning the transfer device in proximity to the display screen;

    modulating the display screen to transfer the set-up data to the transfer device via the optical sensor;

    transporting the transfer device to the real appliance; and

    transferring the set-up data from the transfer device to the real appliance.

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