A mere six years after filing for the patent, Panasonic Avionics has received the all-clear to provide the following portable entertainment device for use in what appears to be any passenger vehicle:
A portable media device for use in cooperation with passenger entertainment systems installed in vehicles, such as automobiles and aircraft, and methods for manufacturing and using same. The portable media device is configured to communicate with one or more content sources, which provide viewing content and which may be proximate to, and/or remote from, the portable media device. Preferably being configured to wirelessly communicate with the content sources, the portable media device can select content from any available content source and can download and present the selected content in any conventional manner. The selected content can be streamed to the portable media device for contemporaneous presentation and/or stored by the portable media device for viewing at any time, including after disembarking the vehicle once travel is completed. As desired, the portable media device likewise can be configured to transmit appropriate upload content to the content sources.
The patent lists no fewer than 14 inventors, chief among them Panasonic Avionics CEO Paul Margis.
So, what do you make of all this?