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Patent points to Wii U controller as a universal remote

by rawmeatcowboy
12 April 2012
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The following blurb comes from a patent registered by Universal Electronics Inc....

This invention relates generally to remote control systems and, more particularly, to a system and method for facilitating the set up and configuration of a portable device, e.g., a smart device which may incorporate universal remote control functionality, to command operation of one or more types of remotely controllable appliances of one or more manufacturers. Exemplary smart devices include but are not limited to Apple's "iPhone` and "iPad," Google's "Android" platform, Nintendo's "Wii U" controller, Blackberry's "Torch" or "PlayBook," etc. Exemplary types of appliances include, but are not limited to televisions, digital video disc players (DVDs), cable or satellite set top boxes (STBs), digital video recorders (DVRs), audio video (AV) receivers, thermostats, game consoles, lighting systems, etc.

Awfully strange that the Wii U was included in there. We haven't heard of this tech from Nintendo at all. Could it be that the Wii U controller will let us control our other electronic devices? Then again, this company could just be stating that the Wii U controller would make for a great universal remote, therefore meshing nicely with their patent.