IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Social

IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control

Application envisions a system that would allow users to microblog while watching TV.

IBM has filed a patent for a system that would allow couch potatoes to access social media sites like Facebook and Twitter without having to leave the comfort of their easy chairs.

The patent, filed earlier this year but unearthed only last week by bloggers, describes a platform "for automatic blogging of media viewing using an enhanced remote controller, suitable for use while viewing media programming and content," according to documents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent goes on to describe how the system "allows a viewer to autoblog about currently experienced media programming in real-time without having to resort to direct interaction with a computer to perform the autoblogging."

IBM apparently envisions a system that would facilitate two-way blogging while users are watching TV. "One of the joys of watching television is discussing with one's friends the juicy bits of a favorite show or the latest television program," the patent documents note.

"The enhanced remote controller allows the viewer to both communicate with a blogging server, and thus to a blogging service, as well as display responses to and from other bloggers with whom the viewer is communicating," the application states.

"These blog communications may be accomplished without the viewer having to leave the broadcast receiver of the television," according to the documents.

The six-page patent application notes that the remote control would be ideal for use with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Joost.

The patent application may represent and attempt by IBM to play a bigger role in the social media revolution. Big Blue's efforts to date in that sphere have been limited to providing the back-end hardware and related services that support consumer-facing Web 2.0 sites.

The patent documents gave no indication of when, or if, IBM plans to commercially produce the technology.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  6/24/2020
News
IT Trade Shows Go Virtual: Your 2020 List of Events
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/29/2020
Commentary
Study: Cloud Migration Gaining Momentum
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  6/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll