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PAGER OUT-OF-HOLSTER ALARM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006800D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Feb-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Charles A. Actor: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Recent emphasis by customers on holster carry of pagers has resulted in a proliferation of pager mechani- cal designs which allow for this alternative to conven- tional belt clip carry. Holster carry is popular because of the ease with which the pager can be removed from the carry position.

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MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 18 March 1993

PAGER OUT-OF-HOLSTER ALARM

by Charles A. Actor, Daniel A. Morera and Henry yandt

  Recent emphasis by customers on holster carry of pagers has resulted in a proliferation of pager mechani- cal designs which allow for this alternative to conven- tional belt clip carry. Holster carry is popular because of the ease with which the pager can be removed from the carry position.

  The main drawback of the holster method of carry is inadvertent removal of the pager from the holster. This may occur by bumping the holster or by failing to completely engage the pager in the holster after removal. The invention described herein provides a method to notify the user when their pager is inadvertently removed from the holster, thereby reducing the risk ofpager loss.

The invention consists of a mechanical or magnetic switch which is used to send an out-of-holster signal to

the pager's microprocessor when the pager is removed from the holster (Figure 2 and 3). The microprocessor then makes the decision $0 issue an out-of-holster alert to the user, based upon &er-defined criteria (Figure 1). For example, once the oyt-of-holster signal is received, the microprocessor may assume the user removed the pager from the holster and thus will not issue an out-of- holster alert. However, ifthe pager has not been returned to its holster after some ,user-defined timeout period, the microprocessor may assume the pager was inad- vertently...