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Convenient Transfer of Numeric Data between Electronic Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004587D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Feb-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Feb-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Alvis Cheuk: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This invention prescribes a scheme for numerical information (e.g. telephone numbers) to be transmitted by an electronic device (e.g. pager) to another receiving electronic device (e.g. a cellular phone, home phone, facsimile, personal computer or electronic organizer) for further processing. The data are suitably formatted with measures taken to ensure optimal data integrity and usefulness. The communication link is wireless for convenience and may be via infrared, etc. The scheme is very versatile as many different types of devices can be linked with such a simple means of data transfer.

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Convenient Transfer of Numeric Data between Electronic Devices

Alvis Cheuk Ming Fong Guan Yue Hong

Abstract

This invention prescribes a scheme for numerical information (e.g. telephone numbers) to be transmitted by an electronic device (e.g. pager) to another receiving electronic device (e.g. a cellular phone, home phone, facsimile, personal computer or electronic organizer) for further processing. The data are suitably formatted with measures taken to ensure optimal data integrity and usefulness. The communication link is wireless for convenience and may be via infrared, etc. The scheme is very versatile as many different types of devices can be linked with such a simple means of data transfer.

Environment

The scheme is proposed for individuals having electronic devices such as a cellular phone, pager or organizer. For example, many cellular phone users prefer not to directly answer calls from certain people. They may prefer to receive messages by their pager and then respond to any of the received messages at their own discretion. Another example is that the telephone number in the correct field of an electronic organizer record may be extracted, formatted and sent to a phone to facilitate a call. All is done by the touch of a button. Depending on the actual devices involved, the operations may be performed indoors or outdoor.

Purpose

The purpose of the proposed idea is to simplify the task of numerical information (e.g. telephone numbers) handling for users of multiple electronic devices that comply with the proposed scheme.

Advantages

Currently, if person A receives a numeric message (person B's telephone number) from person B on person A's pager, person A has to key in the telephone number manually if person A wishes to call back person B. This process is troublesome and error-prone. With the proposed scheme, person A only needs to press a single button to transfer the numeric data, error-free, to a telephone so that person A can return call to person B. The transferred data may also be stored for later retrieval. Alternatively, a person may retrieve a record from his organizer's or personal computer's database and directly send the phone number to a phone or facsimile by the touch of a button.

Operation

Suppose a user receives a numeric message on his pager and decides to act upon it. The message may include non-digital symbols (e.g. English characters) and the digits may be punctuated (with hyphens, spaces, etc.) or may be corrupted. If the message contains a fax number, then the user may transfer the number directly to his facsimile machine for subsequent transmission. If the numeric information is a telephone number, then the user may transfer it to his cellular phone, fixed-line phone, personal computer, organizer, etc. for immediate return call or storage for later retrieval. In any case, the transfer of data is done by a single to...