The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple that details how an NFC-enabled iPhone or other Apple device can control and interact with TVs, video game consoles, security systems and plenty of other devices, reports Patently Apple.
Apple’s latest patent application contains more than 150 graphics showing how a an NFC-enabled Apple device can control computers, TVs, DVRs, optical disc players, standalone media players, satellite television or cable television receivers, audio/video (A/V) receivers, digital projectors, networkable thermostats, security systems, lighting, garage doors, security gates, sprinkler systems and more, according to PA.
For example, the above graphic displays an NFC-enabled iPhone hooking up with an NFC-enabled standalone TV. After initiating the connection, the user’s iPhone prompts the user to select “Control TV,” which in effect transforms the handset into a remote control. Using a special app, the TV viewer can select from a number of remote styles to change the channel, adjust the volume and more directly from their handset.
A similar graphic shows an iPhone connecting with a Sony PlayStation game controller via NFC, allowing the gamer to use the iPhone to play a video game. The same process works for NFC-enabled standalone digital cameras, iMacs and Apple TV consoles, according to PA.
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