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DUAL LEVEL REMINDER FEATURE FOR A DISPLAY PAGER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006091D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Jim Black: AUTHOR

Abstract

Many of today's numeric and alpha-numeric pagers from Motorola feature a "Reminder Alert" as an option which serves to notify the user of messages contained in the pager's memory which have not been acknowledged or "read". This a very useful feature, however, when the user of a product which has this feature "reads" the unread message, the "reminder" feature is cancelled.

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INC. Technical Developments Volume 12 April 1991

DUAL LEVEL REMINDER FEATURE FOR A DISPLAY PAGER

by Jim Black

ABSTRACT

  Many of today's numeric and alpha-numeric pagers from Motorola feature a "Reminder Alert" as an option which serves to notify the user of messages contained in the pager's memory which have not been acknowledged or "read". This a very useful feature, however, when the user of a product which has this feature "reads" the unread message, the "reminder" feature is cancelled.

  The intention of the feature described here is to add a second Ievel of security to help the pager user remember to return an important call.

IMPLEMENTATION

  As an example, consider the situation where a page is received by a pager with this new feature (Dual Level Reminder) enabled (as an option). The user acknowledges the page by "reading" the message.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond his control, he is not able to return the call immediately. Subsequently, he forgets to return the call. The new "Dual Level Reminder Feature" would then take effect. After a predetermined amount of time, (which could he a code plug programmable variable most likely longer than the standard reminder feature's timer) has elapsed since the user "read" the page, a software controlled timer counts down and a software subroutine which is controlled by the main pager function control routine is called having the pager "remind" the user a second time with a short alert (audible, vis...