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PAGER WITH RESTRICTED USER CONTROLS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006009D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-26
Document File: 1 page(s) / 161K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Brad Murray: AUTHOR

Abstract

Current pager designs offer the user control of numerous functions of the pager. This includes turning the unit on and off as well as manipulating the pager's memory and selecting specific options. However, having access to the on/off switch can cause numerous problems to occur. If a person forgets to turn off the unit at the end of the day, the pager's battery life suffers. If a user accidently or deliberately turns off the pager, no messages can be received. Some pagers allow the user to program when the pager turns on and off. However, this restricts the amount of time the pager can be used without reprogramming the on/off time and also adds complexity to the pager.

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MOlVROLA Technical Developments Volume 11 October 1990

PAGER WITH RESTRICTED USER CONTROLS

by Brad Murray

   Current pager designs offer the user control of numerous functions of the pager. This includes turning the unit on and off as well as manipulating the pager's memory and selecting specific options. However, having access to the on/off switch can cause numerous problems to occur. If a person forgets to turn off the unit at the end of the day, the pager's battery life suffers. If a user accidently or deliberately turns off the pager, no messages can be received. Some pagers allow the user to program when the pager turns on and off. However, this restricts the amount of time the pager can be used without reprogramming the on/off time and also adds complexity to the pager.

   To eiiminate these problems, a micmswitch or similar device could be mounted internal to the pager. This switch would be coupled to the pager's power supply for controlling the power to the pager. A small opening could be formed into the bottom of the pager allowing access to the switch by a small pin. This could be mounted to the pager's charger or to a base unit for storing the pager. Upon inserting the pager into the charger or base unit, the switch would be ac- tuated by the pin thus automatically turning off the pager. When the pager is removed, the switch is allowed to supply power to the pager. This same idea could be applied to any personal communication device.

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