Remote control for navigating through content in an organized and categorized fashion

  • US 7,500,202 B2
  • Filed: 09/30/2002
  • Issued: 03/03/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/04/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A remote control for interacting with a navigation system that allows content presented on a display device to be navigated in an organized and categorized fashion, the remote control comprising:

  • operational controls located on at least three sides of the remote control for selecting content, the controls grouped by navigational function with a first group placed on a first side of the remote control, a second group placed on a second side of the remote control and a third group placed on a third side of the remote control, wherein one or more controls from a given group of the first group, second group or third group is operable to be used in conjunction with one or more controls not included within the given group;

    an infrared transmitter for transmitting instructions coded as infrared signals; and

    a programmable controller, the controller operative to receive an indication that a control was selected and instruct the infrared transmitter to transmit an infrared signal corresponding to the control selected,wherein the remote control is configured to be grasped by one hand of a user with a thumb of the user in contact with the first side of the remote control and one or more fingers of the user in contact with the second and third sides of the remote control.

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