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ANTENNA JOYSTICK

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004750D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Apr-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 4K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

James Hymel: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

ANTENNA JOYSTICK

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ANTENNA JOYSTICK

by James Hymel and Jason Wojack

PROBLEM

As cell phones reduce in size there is less opportunity for buttons for managing the user interface.

SOLUTION

Cel1 phones with external stub antennas can be designed such that the stub antenna rocks in five directions (forward, back, left, right, and up/down) using mechanical switches.

Combined with a software algorithm to manage the user interface the use of this 'moveable' antennae allows the user to manipulate the cell phone feature set while holding the device in one hand.

RESULT

The ability for a cell phone (or pager) having a protruding stub antenna that can serve in a dual capacity (antenna and multi-directional switch) is deemed unique and patentable.

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