US Patent No. 10,117,310

DEVICE CONTROL APPARATUS, DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM THAT STORE DEVICE CONTROL PROGRAM


Patent No. 10,117,310
Issue Date October 30, 2018
Title Device Control Apparatus, Device Control System, And Non-transitory Computer-readable Medium That Store Device Control Program
Inventorship Ryosuke Nakamura, Kanagawa (JP)
Assignee PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD., Osaka (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,117,310

1. A device control apparatus comprising:a receiver configured to receive a control signal from an outside; and
a controller capable of controlling a device based on the control signal received by the receiver, wherein
the device control apparatus selectively performs one of a first function as a type 1 device control apparatus which directly controls the device and a second function as a type 2 device control apparatus which, instead of directly controlling the device, controls another device control apparatus which functions as the type 1 device control apparatus,
the controller includes a connection determination unit configured to determine whether the device and the device control apparatus are directly communicatively connected to each other, and
the device control apparatus functions as the type 1 device control apparatus under a condition where the connection determination unit has determined that the device and the device control apparatus are directly communicatively connected to each other, and
the device control apparatus functions as the type 2 device control apparatus under a condition where the connection determination unit has determined that the device and the device control apparatus are not directly communicatively connected to each other, wherein
the controller includes a reception determination unit configured to determine whether the receiver has received a predetermined control signal from the outside in a case where the connection determination unit has determined that device and the device control apparatus are not directly communicatively connected to each other,
the device control apparatus functions as the type 1 device control apparatus under a condition where the reception determination unit has determined that the receiver has not received the predetermined control signal from the outside, and on the other hand, and
the device control apparatus functions as the type 2 device control apparatus under a condition where the reception determination unit has determined that the receiver has received the predetermined control signal from the outside.