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USER DEFINABLE PAGER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007490D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-01
Document File: 6 page(s) / 163K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Jeffrey Chia: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The current pager market is flooded with pagers with different designs and operating procedures. There are pagers that operate with 1, 2, 3 or more buttons. All pagers, however, have delegated but- tons to perform certain functions. In general, there are READ buttons for reading messages, MODE but- tons for selecting operation modes, and ARROW buttons for advancing or increment operation. Such buttons when designed and implemented in the pager by the manufacturer, cannot be changed. Ifthe READ button is designed on the right corner, it stays at the right corner.

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MOlVROLA Technical Developments

USER DEFINABLE PAGER

by Jeffrey Chia and Wong Se Hui

INTRODUCTION

orientation ofthe display and messages.

  The current pager market is flooded with pagers with different designs and operating procedures. There are pagers that operate with 1, 2, 3 or more buttons. All pagers, however, have delegated but- tons to perform certain functions. In general, there are READ buttons for reading messages, MODE but- tons for selecting operation modes, and ARROW buttons for advancing or increment operation. Such buttons when designed and implemented in the pager by the manufacturer, cannot be changed. Ifthe READ button is designed on the right corner, it stays at the right corner.

  As such, current pager design does not allow the user to select the function of it's buttons. A but- ton designed for read operation could not be redefined by a user to perform other functions, which could result in user unfriendliness. For example, a right handed user may find a pager with the READ but- ton at the right hand corner easy to use, but a let? handed user might like to have the READ button located at the left hand corner ofthe pager.

  Pagers with programmable button feature options would enable the user to define the functions of the buttons according to his/her preference. In addition, a user definable pager also allows a user to select the

  User definable pagers not only have user programmable buttons, they also incorporate means to display messages differently to improve user friend- liness. The user definable pager has a "define pager" menu that allows the user to define the buttons and the way to display messages. The operating sequence of the "define pager" menu could be as shown in the "Set button" menu of Figure 1.

  The "define pager" menu is activated only through special key presses, and does not appear each time the user operates the pager. Once the "define pager" menu is activated, the pager will flash messages on the display together wit...