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HEADMOUNT RADIO/PAGER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006018D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 162K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Jackie Pipla: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In addition to deciding what one is going to wear on a daily basis, some professionals are also faced with the prob- lem of deciding where to attach their pager. For some professionals, it is absolutely necessary they have their pagers with them at all times. This problem becomes particularly acute when the clothing one is wearing is very skimpy; i.e. when one is working in the yard or at the beach. It would therefore be desirable to provide a mechanism for wearing a pager without attaching it to the user's clothing. This may be accomplished by combining a headmount AM/FM receiver with a clip-less pager as shown in FIG. 1. The clipless pager allows the user to detach the pager and carry it on his or her person when desired.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments Volume 11 October 1990

HEADMOUNT RADIO/PAGER

by Jackie Pipla and Phil Macnak

   In addition to deciding what one is going to wear on a daily basis, some professionals are also faced with the prob- lem of deciding where to attach their pager. For some professionals, it is absolutely necessary they have their pagers with them at all times. This problem becomes particularly acute when the clothing one is wearing is very skimpy; i.e. when one is working in the yard or at the beach. It would therefore be desirable to provide a mechanism for wearing a pager without attaching it to the user's clothing. This may be accomplished by combining a headmount AM/FM receiver with a clip-less pager as shown in FIG. 1. The clipless pager allows the user to detach the pager and carry it on his or her person when desired.

   As shown in FIG. 1, one side of the headmount would house the AM/FM broadcast receiver 10 which provides a stereo audio output to the headmount speakers 12. The other side of the headmount would house the detachable pager 14. During normal operation, the user would listen to whatever radio programming to which the AM/FM radio is tuned. When a pager is received, the pager decoder generates an audio control signal which would lower the volume of the AM/FM receiver during the time a message was being received by the pager, thus allowing the user to hear the message clearly. At the end of the message, the normal AM/FM receiver volume would resume. When the pager is a display pager, the user has the option of removing the headmount to check the message displayed on the pager display or to store the message displayed on the pager display or to store the message for future use.

   As shown in FIG. 1, the detachable pager 14 is placed into a cradle 16 and is secured in place by a detent 16, which prevents the pager 14 from inadvertently becoming detached during periods of physical activity. The cradle also provides an aesthetically pleasing look when the pager 14 is removed from the cradle 16, thereby allowing the head- mount AM/FM radio to be worn with or without the pager. Other methods of attaching the pager to the headmount may be provided as well.

   When the pager 14 is placed into the cradle 16, the decoder output is coupled to the AM/FM radio 10 through a contact arrangement such as shown in Detail B. One or more contacts may be included to provide control and audio output functions, as required. Two methods of audio coupling are contemplated between the pager 14 and the AM/FM radio 10. The first method is shown in FIG. 1. In this case, the pager speaker 28 is acoustically coupled to the wearer's ear through the ear piece 20 adjacent the pager 14. When the pager 14 is acoustically coupled, a port 22 is provided in the rear of the cavity holding the ear piece speaker to allow the audio to be coupled to the wearer's ear. The acoustic coupling method is further shown in FIG. 2 which shows an electrical schema...