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Wireless network device configuration using image capture

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Wireless network device configuration using image capture


Apparatus having corresponding methods and non-transitory computer-readable media comprise: a wireless network adapter; a camera configured to capture an image; and a processor configured to provide one or more wireless network parameters based on the image; wherein the wireless network adapter is configured to connect to a wireless network according to the wireless network parameters subsequent to the processor providing the wireless network parameters.
Related Terms: Network Adapter

Inventors: Sreekanth Ravi, Sudhakar Ravi, Jeremy Zullo, Aditya Mavlankar
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120287219 - Class: 348 1402 (USPTO) - 11/15/12 - Class 348 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120287219, Wireless network device configuration using image capture.

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CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/485,229 entitled “MEDIA SHARING DURING A VIDEO CALL,” filed May 12, 2011, the disclosure thereof incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application claims benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/485,233 entitled “WIRELESS NETWORK DEVICE CONFIGURATION USING TWO-DIMENSIONAL PATTERNS,” filed May 12, 2011, the disclosure thereof incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application claims benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/485,237 entitled “SMART REMOTE CONTROL DEVICES FOR VIDEO CALLING,” filed May 12, 2011, the disclosure thereof incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. (to be assigned, Attorney Docket No. TLY002001), entitled “MEDIA SHARING DURING A VIDEO CALL,” filed TBD, the disclosure thereof incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

This application is related to U.S. patent application Ser. No. (to be assigned, Attorney Docket No. TLY004001), entitled “SMART REMOTE CONTROL DEVICES FOR CONTROLLING VIDEO CALL DEVICES,” filed TBD, the disclosure thereof incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.

FIELD

The present disclosure relates generally to wireless network devices. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to the configuration of such devices.

BACKGROUND

Consumer electronic devices like smartphones or laptop computers that are capable of connecting to wireless networks must be configured with one or more wireless network parameters before connecting to a wireless network. For example, in a conventional WiFi network, the wireless network parameters include the network service set identifier (SSID) and network password. Current wireless consumer electronic devices generally require a user to enter the wireless network parameters manually, for example using a real or virtual keyboard on the device. For some users, this data entry process presents a significant inconvenience.

SUMMARY

In general, in one aspect, an embodiment features an apparatus comprising: a wireless network adapter; a camera configured to capture an image; and a processor configured to provide one or more wireless network parameters based on the image; wherein the wireless network adapter is configured to connect to a wireless network according to the wireless network parameters subsequent to the processor providing the wireless network parameters.

Embodiments of the apparatus can include one or more of the following features. In some embodiments, the one or more wireless network parameters are encoded in the image. In some embodiments, the one or more wireless network parameters represent at least one of: a service set identifier (SSID); and a password. Some embodiments comprise a memory configured to store a symbology, wherein the symbology represents a mapping between image elements and message elements; wherein the processor is further configured to determine elements of one or more messages based on elements of the captured image and the symbology, wherein the one or more messages represent the one or more wireless network parameters; and wherein the processor is further configured to provide the one or more wireless network parameters according to the elements of the one or more messages determined by the processor. Some embodiments comprise a wireless network device comprising the apparatus. Some embodiments comprise a video call device comprising the apparatus. In some embodiments, the image represents at least one of: a two-dimensional barcode; a stacked barcode; a circular barcode; and a color barcode. In some embodiments, the image represents at least one of: a human face; and a fingerprint.

In general, in one aspect, an embodiment features a method comprising: capturing an image; providing one or more wireless network parameters based on the image; and connecting to a wireless network according to the wireless network parameters subsequent to providing the wireless network parameters.

Embodiments of the method can include one or more of the following features. In some embodiments, the one or more wireless network parameters are encoded in the image. In some embodiments, the one or more wireless network parameters represent at least one of: a service set identifier (SSID); and a password. Some embodiments comprise storing a symbology, wherein the symbology represents a mapping between image elements and message elements; determining elements of one or more messages based on elements of the captured image and the symbology, wherein the one or more messages represent the one or more wireless network parameters; and providing the one or more wireless network parameters according to the elements of the one or more messages determined. In some embodiments, the image represents at least one of: a two-dimensional barcode; a stacked barcode; a circular barcode; and a color barcode. In some embodiments, the image represents at least one of: a human face; and a fingerprint.

Some embodiments comprise non-transitory computer-readable media embodying instructions executable by a computer to perform functions comprising: causing capture of an image; providing one or more wireless network parameters based on the image; and connecting to a wireless network according to the wireless network parameters subsequent to providing the wireless network parameters.

Embodiments of the non-transitory computer-readable media can include one or more of the following features. In some embodiments, the one or more wireless network parameters are encoded in the image. In some embodiments, the one or more wireless network parameters represent at least one of: a service set identifier (SSID); and a password. In some embodiments, the functions further comprise: storing a symbology, wherein the symbology represents a mapping between image elements and message elements; determining elements of one or more messages based on elements of the captured image and the symbology, wherein the one or more messages represent the one or more wireless network parameters; and providing the one or more wireless network parameters according to the elements of the one or more messages determined. In some embodiments, the image represents at least one of: a two-dimensional barcode; a stacked barcode; a circular barcode; and a color barcode. In some embodiments, the image represents at least one of: a human face; and a fingerprint.

The details of one or more implementations are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows elements of a video calling system according to one embodiment.

FIG. 2 shows elements of a video call device of FIG. 1 according to one embodiment.

FIG. 3 shows a wireless network device configuration system using image capture according to one embodiment.

FIG. 4 shows a wireless network device configuration process for the wireless network device configuration system of FIG. 3 according to one embodiment.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120287219 A1
Publish Date
11/15/2012
Document #
13470337
File Date
05/13/2012
USPTO Class
348 1402
Other USPTO Classes
3482071, 348E05024, 348E07082
International Class
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Drawings
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