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Patent Application Titled “Device Control System, Device Control Method, And Non-Transitory Computer Readable Storage Medium” Published Online (USPTO 20190229945): Yamaha Corporation

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08/14/2019 | 05:16pm EDT

2019 AUG 14 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Japan Daily Report -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by NewsRx journalists, a patent application by the inventor SUYAMA, Akihiko (Hamamatsu-shi, Japan), filed on January 23, 2019, was made available online on July 25, 2019.

The assignee for this patent application is Yamaha Corporation (Hamamatsu-shi, Japan).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: “The present invention relates to a device control system, a device control method, and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium.

“A function of connecting to a network and the like is actively added to home electrical appliances, audio devices, and the like, which are different from general-purpose computer devices, to thereby acquire information from or remotely control those devices. Those devices communicate with a server through the Internet.

“In Japanese Patent Application Laid-open No. 2004-15627, there is disclosed a system for remotely controlling audio/visual (AV) devices through a network.”

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, NewsRx editors also obtained the inventor’s summary information for this patent application: “Data is required to be periodically transmitted and received between the device having the network connection function and the server connected to the device through the network. Consequently, as the number of devices having the network connection function increases, the number of devices directly connected to the server increases, and thus a connection cost may increase.

“The present invention has been made in view of the above-mentioned problem, and has an object to provide a technology for suppressing increase in connection cost between devices having a network connection function and a server connected to the devices through a network.

“In order to solve the above-mentioned problem, according to one embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a device control system including: operation instruction acquisition means for acquiring an operation instruction; transmission means for transmitting a command generated based on the operation instruction to at least one device; and communication control means for controlling, based on an operation state of one device among the at least one device, the one device so that the one device communicates with the transmission means in one of a first mode of performing communication without intervention of another device and a second mode of performing communication via another device.

“Further, according to one embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a device control method including: acquiring an operation instruction; transmitting a command generated based on the operation instruction to at least one device; and controlling, based on an operation state of one device among the at least one device, the one device so that the one device communicates with a transmitter of the command in one of a first mode of performing communication without intervention of another device and a second mode of performing communication via another device.

“Further, according to one embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a program for causing a computer to function as: operation instruction acquisition means for acquiring an operation instruction; transmission means for transmitting a command generated based on the operation instruction to at least one device; and communication control means for controlling, based on an operation state of one device among the at least one device, the one device so that the one device communicates with the transmission means in one of a first mode of performing communication without intervention of another device and a second mode of performing communication via another device.

“According to the embodiments of the present invention, it is possible to suppress the increase in the connection cost between devices having the network connection function and the server connected to the devices through the network.”

The claims supplied by the inventors are:

“1. A device control system, comprising: a server which communicates with a first device and a second device, wherein the server comprises at least one processor; and at least one memory device that stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to operate to: acquire an operation instruction; transmit a command generated based on the operation instruction to the first device; and control, based on an operation state of the first device, the first device so that the first device communicates with the server in one of a first mode and a second mode, wherein the first device in the first mode performs communication without intervention of the second device, and the first device in the second mode performs communication via the second device.

“2. The device control system according to claim 1, further comprising the first device and the second device.

“3. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein a connection for communication between the first device and the server is deleted if the second mode is selected.

“4. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein the first device and the second device are arranged in the same local area network.

“5. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein the at least one processor in the server transmits, based on the operation state of the first device, a command to cause the first device to perform communication in the second mode to the first device.

“6. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein when the first device performs communication in the second mode, the at least one processor transmits a command directed to the first device performing communication in the second mode to the second device performing communication in the first mode.

“7. The device control system according to claim 6, wherein when the first device performs communication in the second mode, the at least one processor transmits a command directed to the first device performing communication in the second mode to a device performing communication in the first mode and other than a device reproducing music.

“8. The device control system according to claim 1, wherein the at least one processor controls one device performing communication in the second mode among at least one device so that the one device performs communication in the first mode, based on an operation state of the one device.

“9. The device control system according to claim 8, wherein when a command to control the first device performing communication in the second mode is transmitted to the second device performing communication in the first mode, the at least one processor controls the first device performing communication in the second mode so that the first device performs communication in the first mode.

“10. The device control system according to claim 9, wherein the at least one processor controls the first device performing communication in the second mode so that the first device performs communication in the first mode, based on a frequency at which a command directed to the first device is transmitted to the second device performing communication in the first mode.

“11. The device control system according to claim 8, wherein when the second device performing communication in the first mode is carrying out processing of reproducing music data, the at least one processor controls a device other than the second device carrying out the processing so that the device performs communication in the first mode.

“12. A device control method, comprising: acquiring, with at least one processor operating with a memory device in a server, an operation instruction; transmitting, with the at least one processor operating with the memory device in the server, a command generated based on the operation instruction to a first device; and controlling, based on an operation state of the first device, the first device so that the first device communicates with the server in one of a first mode and a second mode, wherein the first device in the first mode performs communication without intervention of a second device, and the first device in the second mode performs communication via the second device.

“13. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing a plurality of instructions, wherein when executed by at least one processor, the plurality of instructions cause the at least one processor to: acquire an operation instruction; transmit a command generated based on the operation instruction to a first device; and control, based on an operation state of the first device, the first device so that the first device communicates with a transmitter of the command in one of a first mode of performing communication without intervention of a second device and a second mode of performing communication via the second device.”

For more information, see this patent application: SUYAMA, Akihiko. Device Control System, Device Control Method, And Non-Transitory Computer Readable Storage Medium. Filed January 23, 2019 and posted July 25, 2019. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220190229945%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20190229945&RS=DN/20190229945

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