EchoStar Pushes Fitness Overlays for Home Automation

Dish Network sibling EchoStar has developed a system that could link a subscriber’s home fitness equipment with a television and home automation system.

Dale Moutain, a software engineer for EchoStar and SmarDTV, is named as inventor on the patent application published on Thursday. EchoStar submitted the application, titled, “Fitness overlay and incorporation for home automation system,” last October.

Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying fitness information with an electronic device may include receiving multimedia content at an input of the electronic device. The electronic device may provide the audiovisual content to a display device. The electronic device may also receive fitness information, and may provide this fitness information to the display device.

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Claims:
1. A method of displaying fitness information with an electronic device, the method comprising: receiving audiovisual content at an input of the electronic device; providing the audiovisual content to a display device; receiving fitness information at the electronic device; and providing the fitness information to the display device.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein the fitness information is received from an exercise device.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the fitness information is received from a remote control associated with the electronic device, wherein the remote control is communicatively coupled with the exercise device.

4. The method of claim 1, wherein the fitness information is received from a mobile device.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the fitness information is unrelated to the audiovisual content.

6. The method of claim 1, further comprising: receiving input at the electronic device from a remote control associated with the electronic device; and providing a control signal from the electronic device to an exercise device to adjust operation of the exercise device commensurate with the received input.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the fitness information comprises one or more items of vital information about the user, or one or more items of operational information about the exercise device.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the fitness information is provided to the display device overlaying the audiovisual content provided to the display device.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the fitness information is provided in response to a control signal received from a remote control associated with the electronic device, and wherein the fitness information is provided in a dedicated portion of the display device.

10. The method of claim 1, further comprising: receiving an input from a remote control associated with the electronic device to scroll to additional fitness information being received by the electronic device.

11. The method of claim 1, further comprising: receiving temperature information at the electronic device from a temperature sensor; determining at the electronic device that the temperature of a space associated with the electronic device has increased since the fitness information reception began; and providing a control signal from the electronic device to a communicatively coupled heating or air conditioning system to adjust the temperature of the space.

12. A method of displaying fitness information with an electronic device, the method comprising: receiving fitness information at an electronic device; and providing the fitness information to the display device overlaid on multimedia content.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the fitness information is received from an exercise device.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the fitness information is received from a remote control associated with the electronic device, wherein the remote control is communicatively coupled with the exercise device.

15. The method of claim 12, wherein the fitness information is received from a mobile device.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the fitness information is unrelated to the audiovisual content.