Apple patent application shines more light on their home automation controller

“On Monday we posted a report titled ‘Apple may Surprise the Market with a New Smart Home Platform.’ The report was about a news leak to the Financial Times,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “They stated at the time that “Apple is preparing to announce a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances, as part of a move into the ‘internet of things.'”

“Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work regarding networking residential consumer electronics devices,” Purcher reports. “In particular, the invention provides integrated establishment and control of communication sessions between these consumer electronics devices.”

Purcher reports, “One scenario is to conduct a phone call or possible FaceTime call on your television.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application diagrams, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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  1. Did anyone else think of the once rumored ‘Asteroid’ product when they looked at the patent?

    Home automation has been around for a long time and is in need of a unifying force to bring everything together. While everyone else is working on streaming video to your existing television set, Apple will be able to make all of your ‘connected’ products and home automation work as a single unit. I currently use Indigo for my home automation, but if Apple enters this space I would expect this market to explode with new products, new competition and better pricing and service.

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