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Does this violate Zaxcom's patents?

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I had an idea of putting a bluetooth receiver between a sanken lav and my sm transmitter.  The mic has a passthrough to the transmitter.  

 

I connect to the BT receiver with a cellphone and use the regular Lecrosonics RM app to set settings on the transmitter wirelessly.

 

Here's a video of it working: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2Ji2LvgBHrhiGwH47

 

Does this violate Zaxcom's patent?  

 

Slightly related question:  Would anyone buy this?

 

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I would not buy this, but if you started to sell this, it could infringe on the patent, but I think it needs to involve tc in some way, but really only a patent lawyer can try to answer this. 
If you don’t market or sell it there should not be a problem 

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15 hours ago, jawharp said:

I had an idea of putting a bluetooth receiver between a sanken lav and my sm transmitter.  The mic has a passthrough to the transmitter.  

 

I connect to the BT receiver with a cellphone and use the regular Lecrosonics RM app to set settings on the transmitter wirelessly.

 

Here's a video of it working: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2Ji2LvgBHrhiGwH47

 

Does this violate Zaxcom's patent?  

 

Slightly related question:  Would anyone buy this?

 

Clever. If it were marketed only as a 'BT enabled connector/adapter' (and the usage was determined by the user) why would it? <– moot point. As I inferred from Jeff's comment below, Zaxcom is not the only wireless system available in the US with remote control (eg Sony and A10). How would this work with more than 1 device? I'm sure you could sell some – enough to make it worth while, even in this moment, is another thing though. Is there a risk of inducing interference with the audio when the circuitry is miniaturised and squeezed physically closer to the audio signal.

 

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I guess you'd have to have one for each transmitter and connect to it first.  This BT receiver has its own battery, but I was trying to figure out if it was possible to power it off phantom from the SM.  It would cut down on size considerably.

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Could this be made to work on only a single SM transmitter on set if there were 4-5 Lectros on set, etc? I suppose you would have to connect to each BT device individually? If New Endian made this seamless in RM and the device was properly miniaturized it is a clever solution. 

 

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I don't think it would  infringe on any patents  --- I'm a little confused as to why you would want to do this (I guess it's also because I know very little  about Lectrosonics' so-called remote control). It seems that your set up is just to expedite the acoustic method of remote control, right? This doesn't make the wireless transmitter a recording transmitter, it just makers it able to receive acoustic commands?

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34 minutes ago, Jeff Wexler said:

I'm a little confused as to why you would want to do this

Because you could do remote changes quietly, and you could do the changes at a greater distance from the actors. (am going to guess our current COVID19 working environment might be what set @jawharp down this path of thinking to arrive at this nifty device)

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