US Patent No. 9,860,928

PAIRING CONSUMER ELECTRONIC DEVICES USING A CROSS-BODY COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL


Patent No. 9,860,928
Issue Date January 02, 2018
Title Pairing Consumer Electronic Devices Using A Cross-body Communications Protocol
Inventorship Henrik Bengtsson, Lund (SE)
Assignee Sony Corporation, Tokyo (JP) Sony Mobile Communications Inc., Tokyo (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,860,928

1. A method for pairing a wireless communication device with a peripheral device using a Body Area Network (BAN), the method
performed at the wireless communication device and comprising:
detecting that a peripheral device is proximate a wireless communication device;
determining whether both the wireless communication device and the peripheral device are in contact with a user's body, wherein
the determining comprises:

using the user's body as a transmission medium to:
send a request to the peripheral device to ping the wireless communication device;
receive the ping from the peripheral device; and
determining that both the wireless communication device and the peripheral device are in contact with the user's body responsive
to receiving the ping; and

BAN-pairing with the peripheral device using the user's body as a transmission medium responsive to determining that both
the wireless communication device and the peripheral device are in contact with the user's body.