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Method and apparatus for interactively monitoring a physiological condition and for interactively providing health related information Patent #: 5601435
ApplicationNo. 394366 filed on 02/24/1995
US Classes:710/10Configuration initialization
ExaminersPrimary: Meky, Moustafa M.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG06F 015/40
AbstractA dedicated apparatus for playing unmodified prerecorded software in a home computer system, and more particularly an apparatus, housed in a home entertainment system chassis, for playing in a home entertainment environment the existing body of interactive multimedia software that has been formatted and published for compatibility with standard personal computer platforms such as the MPC CD-ROM platform. Video and audio output signals are generated in response to the processing of the multimedia software program, which are fed to the home entertainment system for presentation to an audience. A further aspect is the provision of a "drop & play" feature which automatically initiates playing of multimedia software in a sequence that appears to be similar to playing audio Cds, i.e., without requiring any further action from a user after selecting play. This feature is in part provided by a table containing installation information for each of numerous multimedia software titles; entries in this table are preferably indexed by an identifier that can be uniquely derived from a given CD-ROM or other published multimedia media such as a diskette.