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TiVo files for RFID patent

Posted: 29 Nov 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:tivo  rfid  personal video recorder 

TiVo Inc. has filed a patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month that suggests company inventors believe radio frequency identification (RFID) technology will become inserted into clothing, jewellery, key chains, and even under the skin in the body. The patent is for a personal video recorder (PVR) that recognises viewer preferences through an RFID chip embedded in clothing, jewellery or "inserted somewhere [in] the user's body."

The multimedia mobile personalisation system would have a remote control that recognises the viewer's RFID tag closest to the PVR. The remote control identifies and notifies the multimedia device through the RFID chip in the person's clothing or body to tailor the media content to their preferences.

The remote control device would identify and link the viewer to the system using an "RFID tag that is attached to a key ring, necklace, watch, in his wallet, or even a sub dermal tag inserted somewhere in the user's body." The remote control would detect the RFID tag in a limited radius so it wouldn't get confused by signals from others, the patent said.

Either broadcast or recorded television programs and music play lists stored on a local hard drive could be sorted, displayed or restricted, depending on the user identifier. Other methods of identifying the user are stated, too, such as computer vision recognition, biometric identification, and voice analysis.

- Laurie Sullivan
TechWeb News




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