AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON COMPUTER MONITORING - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... controlling a remote computer! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on Twitter to help.
This patent seems like the natural (to me) extension of Expect to a GUI--and I'm guessing it wasn't the first time that principle was applied. It seems like it covers any sort of remote programmatic interaction with a machine too, which sure seems broad to me.
Title Method for monitoring a graphical user interface on a second computer display from a first computer
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for using a first computer system to remotely monitor and interact with the operation of a second computer system through a graphical user interface of said second computer system, comprising the steps of:
receiving a bitmap image of said second computer system graphical user interface at said first computer system;
searching said bitmap image of said second computer system graphical user interface for a first graphical element contained within and comprising less than said bitmap image through an automated execution of said first computer system commands; responsive to said receiving step and results of said searching step, generating a user peripheral input device input action within said second computer system graphical user interface as interpreted by said second computer by automatically creating and passing a signal through a communications channel from said first computer system to said second computer system graphical user interface;
monitoring said bitmap image of said second computer system graphical user interface automatically from said first computer system for an expected second graphical element contained within and comprising less than said bitmap image within a predetermined time interval; and
signaling a failure at said first computer system if said predetermined time interval elapses without detecting said expected second graphical element
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