US Patent No. 10,893,467

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM INCLUDING SELECTIVE OPERATION OF PAIRED DEVICE BASED UPON VOICE COMMANDS AND RELATED METHODS


Patent No. 10,893,467
Issue Date January 12, 2021
Title Home Automation System Including Selective Operation Of Paired Device Based Upon Voice Commands And Related Methods
Inventorship Jonathan Andrew Gould, Raleigh, NC (US)
Daniel Mark Floyd, Raleigh, NC (US)
F. Scott Moody, Cary, NC (US)
Kuldip Pabla, San Jose, CA (US)
Assignee K4CONNECT INC., Raleigh, NC (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,893,467

1. A home automation (HA) system comprising:a plurality of addressable HA devices each having a respective HA device signature associated therewith and each configured to wirelessly communicate using respective different wireless communications protocols from among a plurality of different wireless communications protocols; and
an HA interface device positioned in spaced relation from said plurality of addressable HA devices and comprising
a housing,
a display, and an audio input device carried by said housing,
at least one radio controller, and
a controller carried by said housing and coupled to said display, said audio input device, and said at least one radio controller, the at least one radio controller being configured to permit said plurality of addressable HA devices to wirelessly communicate with said controller, and said controller configured to
store a plurality of HA device signatures for paired and unpaired ones of said plurality of addressable HA devices,
poll for a response from said plurality of addressable HA devices,
determine an unpaired addressable HA device from among the plurality thereof based upon the polling,
compare the associated HA device signature of the unpaired addressable HA device with the stored HA device signatures,
when there is a match between the HA device signature of the unpaired addressable HA device and one of the stored HA device signatures, permit pairing of the unpaired addressable HA device to communicate with the unpaired addressable HA device using the respective wireless communications protocol, and
selectively operate paired addressable HA devices based upon voice commands received via said audio input device.