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IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

Utility Patent Application (Provisional)

TITLE: Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap

INVENTOR: Richard Jon Hassey

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap is a small user friendly device that gives one the convenient ability NOT to “mute” but to “silence” television commercials while at the same time enabling an audio system of their own choosing.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In an attempt to eliminate the bombardment of irrelevant commercials that one is exposed to on a daily bases, while staying within a budget, I rewired a standard one gang electrical outlet receptacle with an 110/120 volt three position toggle switch (ON, OFF, ON). The rewiring allowed for the top outlet to be hot when the toggle was up (ON) and the bottom outlet would be OFF. Conversely, the bottom outlet would be hot when the toggle was down (ON) and the top outlet would be OFF. When the toggle switch was flipped to the middle position (OFF), both outlets would be off.

With this newly rewired receptacle, I was able to insert the 3.5mm plug from a set of amplified external speakers into my headphone port on the side of my television. The external speakers were provided power by plugging their AC adapter into the top outlet on my rewired receptacle. The bottom outlet on my rewired receptacle provided power to my “BOOM BOX.” Flipping my three position toggle switch up turned on my television audio while flipping the toggle switch down would “Silence” my television audio and turn on my “BOOM BOX” radio.-- My rewired receptacle is the origin of the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap.

As time went on and the “benefits” of silencing burdensome television commercials became apparent to me, it was noticed that tethering to a toggle switch was inconvenient. Therefore, I took my same rewired outlet receptacle and I added some more electronics to the work box (Wireless Receiver Module). Adding the wireless receiver module with a hand held remote control allowed for silencing television commercials from anywhere in my home and turning on the radio at the same time.

After noticing that at times there were just as many commercials on the radio as television, I plugged my MP3 player into the bottom outlet of my rewired receptacle instead of my radio. My MP3 player was so small that I thought that it might just fit inside my rewired receptacle work box—it did! The possibilities began to unfold and I was determined to “shove” a radio in my rewired receptacle work box as well. However, a single gang outlet receptacle work box can only hold so much “stuff.” --Went to a two gang and then a three gang outlet receptacle work box, increasing size as space was needed for the components. Added receptacles and wiring and electronics as space permitted. My one gang, two gang and three gang “Television Commercial Silencers” all work great! Some of them provide more features and functions then others (My 3 gang work box even has a WiFi module so that the unit’s remote controlled outlets can be controlled from a Smart Phone (implying, there will be: “An APP for that”) but they all do what they were designed to do: Silence television commercials while at the same time turning on NOT just a radio but an audio device of one’s own choosing, including a computer’s audio system. However, the work boxes started to become bulky and complex; hence, the birth of the user friendly Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Having described the origin, birth and nature of the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap in general terms, reference will now move to the included drawings. These drawings are not to scale and consist of ten figures, each on their own page. The figures go from general to specific and provide enough details for any person in the electrical or electronics industry to manufacturer the device. Indeed, the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap may be embodied in many different forms and should not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth herein; rather, these embodiments are provided so that this disclosure will satisfy applicable legal requirements, wherein:

Figure 1 illustrates the general appearance of what a mass produced unit may look like. The unit would be similar in size to a commonly used multiple outlet or surge protector residential power tap.

Figure 2 illustrates a general side view of such a device. Again, not to scale. The width of a mass produced unit would be as small as possible.

Figure 3 illustrates the hand held remote control for the manufactured device and except for scale would look almost like the figure (Inclusion of a WiFi module within the unit will permit remote control of the unit’s audio outlets via a smart phone).

Figure 4 illustrates a breakdown of features and functions by the number. The specific details of each numbered component are provided on a separate page later in this Utility Patent Application (Provisional).

Figure 5 illustrates again a general side view of such a device with emphasis that the manufactured device will be compact and convenient and able to plug into a standard 110/120 volt wall outlet receptacle. --Portable enough to take along on road trips and to motels.

Figure 6 illustrates a breakdown of the functions that the hand held remote control will provide, by the numbers. (Again, with inclusion of a WiFi module within the unit, the remote controlled outlets may be managed via a smart phone).

Figure 7 illustrates a detailed internal view of the outlet configurations for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap, showing the wiring diagrams for the three remote controlled outlets and the three always hot outlets as well as how the remote controlled outlets and power supply connect to the remote control receiver module inside the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap.

Figure 8 illustrates the internal view of the components and wiring necessary for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap to produce its own stereo television sound directly from the unit with the option of utilizing one’s own external speakers or audio system of choice.

Figure 9 illustrates the internal view of the components and wiring necessary for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap to produce its own FM radio sound directly from the unit with the option of utilizing one’s own external speakers or audio system of choice, including a personal computer’s (PC) audio system.

Figure 10 illustrates the internal view of the components and wiring necessary for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap to produce its own MP3/MP4 sound directly from the unit with the option of utilizing one’s own external speakers or audio system of choice.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap (Invention).

The exterior of such a plug-in unit should comprise of at least three low voltage remote controlled power outlets specifically designed for external speakers or audio systems. These low voltage outlets should not be considered standard power outlets and shall be labeled as such. On the other hand, such a plug-in unit should also comprise of at least three standard 110/120 volt power outlets and shall be labeled as such.

The FM radio controls on the exterior of such a unit may vary slightly based on radio module cost, selection and availability during manufacturing but the module selection will not limit the units functionality and purpose. The same applies to the MP3/MP4 module, [WiFi module] and various electrical and electronic components, as well as the poly case selection, cut-outs and label printing.

The goal is to place the invention into a compact easy to use practical package for mass production for even a novice to appreciate as well as provide the most extensible set of features and options to put the end user in complete control. I believe that this package provides said.

The unit is completely self contained and can operate on its own by simply plugging the unit into a standard wall outlet and making one connection. Either plug in a 3.5mm headphone cable from one’s television to the 3.5mm audio in port on the unit or plug one’s television audio system’s power cable into: 2. Remote Controlled External Television Audio System Outlet on the unit (See Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap Function Numbering Details). 
One will then have the option of silencing television commercials and listening to their favorite radio station instead, without any further configuration (other then tuning the internal radio to their favorite station and perhaps extending the external FM radio antenna for adequate reception).

It’s when the end user desires more that the configuration possibilities for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap become quite extensive. As a matter of fact, It would not be possible to cover all of the different audio device configuration possibilities in this application. This compact unit should allow for the configuration of virtually any end user’s desired audio setup.

The unit is designed from the simple to the complex. One can plug the unit in and listen to their television through the units’ two internal stereo speakers or plug in their own external speakers. If the end user chooses to use amplified speakers, they would simply plug the 3.5mm plug from their external speakers into the television audio OUT port on the front of the unit and the external amplified speaker’s power cord into: 2. Remote Controlled External Television Audio System Outlet on the unit. In addition, if the end user prefers to listen to their television through their television external audio system or home entertainment system, simply plug the respective power cord into: 2. Remote Controlled External Television Audio System Outlet.

The foregoing also applies to: 3. Remote Controlled External Radio/CD Player (BOOM BOX) etc. Audio System Outlet and 4. Remote Controlled External MP3/MP4 Player etc. Audio System Outlet. The end user can also listen to their favorite MP3/MP4 music “Out of the Box” so to speak by simply plugging in a “FLASH” (USB) drive containing their own music into the front of the unit, if they prefer; or, as with the unit’s internal stereo television audio speakers and internal radio, the end user can slide a switch on the front of the unit to turn off respectively each of the unit’s internal audio devices entirely and plug in their own, in the respective: Remote Controlled External Audio System Outlet.

CLAIMS

The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap (Invention).

My one gang, two gang and three gang “Television Commercial Silencers” all work great! Some of them provide more features and functions then others (My 3 gang work box even has a WiFi module so that the unit’s remote controlled outlets can be controlled from a Smart Phone (implying, there will be: “An APP for that”) but they all do what they were designed to do: Silence television commercials while at the same time turning on NOT just a radio but an audio device of one’s own choosing, including a computer’s audio system. However, the work boxes started to become bulky and complex; hence, the birth of the user friendly Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap.


ABSTRACT

In an attempt to eliminate the bombardment of irrelevant commercials that one is exposed to on a daily bases, while staying within a budget, I rewired a standard one gang electrical outlet receptacle with an 110/120 volt three position toggle switch (ON, OFF, ON). The rewiring allowed for the top outlet to be hot when the toggle was up (ON) and the bottom outlet would be OFF. Conversely, the bottom outlet would be hot when the toggle was down (ON) and the top outlet would be OFF. When the toggle switch was flipped to the middle position (OFF), both outlets would be off.

With this newly rewired receptacle, I was able to insert the 3.5mm plug from a set of amplified external speakers into my headphone port on the side of my television. The external speakers were provided power by plugging their AC adapter into the top outlet on my rewired receptacle. The bottom outlet on my rewired receptacle provided power to my “BOOM BOX.” Flipping my three position toggle switch up turned on my television audio while flipping the toggle switch down would “Silence” my television audio and turn on my “BOOM BOX” radio.-- My rewired receptacle is the origin of the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap.

As time went on and the “benefits” of silencing burdensome television commercials became apparent to me, it was noticed that tethering to a toggle switch was inconvenient. Therefore, I took my same rewired outlet receptacle and I added some more electronics to the work box (Wireless Receiver Module). Adding the wireless receiver module with a hand held remote control allowed for silencing television commercials from anywhere in my home and turning on the radio at the same time.

After noticing that at times there were just as many commercials on the radio as television, I plugged my MP3 player into the bottom outlet of my rewired receptacle instead of my radio. My MP3 player was so small that I thought that it might just fit inside my rewired receptacle work box—it did! The possibilities began to unfold and I was determined to “shove” a radio in my rewired receptacle work box as well. However, a single gang outlet receptacle work box can only hold so much “stuff.” --Went to a two gang and then a three gang outlet receptacle work box, increasing size as space was needed for the components. Added receptacles and wiring and electronics as space permitted. My one gang, two gang and three gang “Television Commercial Silencers” all work great! Some of them provide more features and functions then others (My 3 gang work box even has a WiFi module so that the unit’s remote controlled outlets can be controlled from a Smart Phone (implying, there will be: “An APP for that”) but they all do what they were designed to do: Silence television commercials while at the same time turning on NOT just a radio but an audio device of one’s own choosing, including a computer’s audio system. However, the work boxes started to become bulky and complex; hence, the birth of the user friendly Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap.

 

 

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Hassey Solutions has migrated the Silencer Project to http://www.nomoretelevisioncommercials.com (http://www.hasseysolutions.us) in an effort to separate Products and Services.

 

http://www.hasseysolutions.com our Parent website leads the way in Home Computer Repair Services while our Subsidiary website http://www.nomoretelevisioncommercials.com will lead the Silencer Project as well as play the role of an e-commerce, Product Sales and Inventory website as requirements dictate. To stay informed, please consider Subscribing to our Newsletter!


Also, please note that User's Manuals for Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4 Television Commercial Silencers are available at http://www.nomoretelevisioncommercials.com. The User's Manual for Stage 5 (Final Product) will be available soon as well as photos of Stage 3 [two (2) gang] and Stage 4 [two (2) and three (3) gang] Television Commercial Silencers. In addition, a working Stage 5 Television Commercial Silencer "Packaged" in a [three (3) gang] Electrical Work Box complete with WiFi controlled audio outlets and Bluetooth Transmitter will also be available soon. Keep checking http://www.nomoretelevisioncommercials.com for updates.

 

In the meantime, take advantage of Hassey Solutions $19.95 two (2) hour Home Computer Repair Promotion before it expires! See Pricing for details!

 

Interest or inquiry to: info@nomoretelevisioncommercials.com https://www.nomoretelevisioncommercials.com

 

Pre-order coming soon! Keep checking! Preliminary Silencers shipping now! Check them out in our Online Store! Grab one and give it a test drive! Final Product will be packed with features, such as: WiFi enabled and a Bluetooth transmitter! Silence your television commercials from your smart phone and listen to what you want; where you want! --Bluetooth speakers sold separately.

 

The Final Product's projected shipping date is by the end of 2017.

 

Lee County Florida Residents will receive a free installation of any purchased Television Commercial Silencer, free instruction on its configuration options and a free PC check-up while on the premises.

 

This is Hassey Solutions Projected Final Product's Packaging! With your help, Hassey Solutions Television Commercial Silencer's "Packaging" will move from an Electrical Work Box to its new Container as depicted below:

 

The new Container's design is similar to a standard multi-outlet electrical wall receptacle tap. In fact, the official name of Hassey Solutions Final Product submitted to the United States Patent Office is:

 

"Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap."

 

It will be the same as buying similar items like multi-outlet wall taps or surge protectors in a blister pack that one simply plugs directly into the wall --only this one's a "SMART" one!
 

Oddly the image face writing is distorted. Please save these images below to your hard drive to read the discriptive labels.

 

(Prototype depiction only)
(Image Rendering)

 

(Side view)
 

 

(Remote control for audio outlets)

(May also use smart phone APP to control audio outlets from your phone)

 

Bluetooth

Built-in transmitter

 

(Bluetooth speakers sold separately)
 

(May also use bluetooth dongle for additional options and functions: e.g., an 3.5mm bluetooth dongle receiver inserted into the AUX port of the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap will provide features such as: connecting one's smart phone wirelessly to the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap allowing for playback of one's mp3 collection residing on one's phone, audio books or even online content from youtube.com).
 
Please save the images above to your hard drive for a clearer illustration of the access port's descriptions. Furthermore, don't forget that one's smart phone can also serve as the hand held remote control for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap. Many more configuration options will be included in the Stage 5 Manual. Please stay "tuned!"
 
P.S. To the manufacturer’s, an RF modulator specially designed for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap will also provide not just youtube.com audio but also video via the Television Commercial Silencer Electriclal Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap. Thus, youtube.com audio and video e.g. could be presented to the End User during Television Commercial breaks.
 
Also, remember that if one's Television does not have built-in Bluetooth capabilities but has a headphone jack, one can plug a Bluetooth transmitter dongle into one's Television headphone jack. In addition, even the oldest analog televisions that are still using analog to digital converter boxes can still benefit from Hassey Solutions Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap via RCA cables and/or an RF modulator if need be. There will be a solution for every audio setup.
 

Component and composite audio connections right on the device would be great for some audio setups. Plugging the Silencer into a wall outlet directly behind or near the TV would only require short cables.

 

IR blaster support within the device would also allow for compatibility with universal remote controls and mediacenter infrared devices; the functions and features provided by a hand held remote control would be virtually unlimited!

 

The Final Product will also include Optical Audio Connection's option's for additional audio setup choices!

 

[Existing APPs are extensible with firmware updates and will become feature rich including triggers and scene selections. The possibilities are endless with existing APPs or an entirely re engineered APP specifically designed for the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap]
 

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Richard Hassey Creator about 12 hours ago
The complication is inside the device not in its use. The device disrupts the power to the audio system (any audio system one chooses) and does not utilize infrared. --Both of said makes this device different from hitting mute on a standard TV remote control. That's not all, however, this device will have built in WiFi to enable one's smartphone as the remote control. Bluetooth on board or via dongle will allow connecting Bluetooth speakers or any Bluetooth enabled audio device for streaming, up stream and down stream. E.g. Streaming music from one's smartphone to the device or connecting a Bluetooth enabled TV directly to the device. The firmware of the device will be upgradeable as well as the smartphone APP to keep up with changing technologies and adding additional features. The possibilities are endless! There are http://nomoretelevisioncommercials.com
 

Here's an example of the benefits to an upgradable Television Commercial Silencer keeping up with new technologies: "Bluetooth Smart, also called Bluetooth Low Energy, is used to connect an Android phone or tablet to a device." With this emerging new Bluetooth technology, the Silencer could automatically detect and configure new audio devices that are near it.

 

[In conclusion, utilizing a “Computer in a Box” such as a “Cubieboard™” possibilities are extensive and the future of the Television Commercial Silencer Electrical Wall Outlet Receptacle Tap is bright!

 

FYI, some of my Silencer prototypes have been running strong for over a year now! Can be considered an appliance! --Maintenance free, other than battery replacement, reconfiguration or update/upgrade! An original manufactured device would have a lifetime warranty!

“Cubieboard™”

 

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