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AUTOMATIC SWITCHING OF ALERT MODE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009050D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Phon Wai Kong: AUTHOR

Abstract

In current pager design, audible and vibratory alerts are commonly applied to alert users of pagers when a page is received. For audible alerts, a user may not hear such alerts if the person is in a noisy environment. On the other hand, for vibratory alerts, a user may not be aware that a page has been received if the pager is not directly in contact with the user. This can happen when, for example, a pager is kept in a bag or left somewhere else.

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AUTOMATIC SWITCHING OF ALERT MODE

by Phon Wai Kong

  In current pager design, audible and vibratory alerts are commonly applied to alert users of pagers when a page is received. For audible alerts, a user may not hear such alerts if the person is in a noisy environment. On the other hand, for vibratory alerts, a user may not be aware that a page has been received if the pager is not directly in contact with the user. This can happen when, for example, a pager is kept in a bag or left somewhere else.

  In order to resolve the above situations, it is important to note that when a user does not reply to a caller who paged, the caller is likely to page the user again. In the case of an important message, the caller may continuously page until the user replies.

  A new feature is hereby proposed to more effec- tively alert pager users to pages. This feature auto- matically changes the mode of alert for a pager (audible to vibratory or vice versa) when a duplicate page is received within the variable predetermined period. On the other hand, when the pager is initial- ly in an audible alert mode, the pager will vibrate when a duplicate page is received within the vari- able predetermined period.

  This feature can be applied in any future pager design. A method to implement this feature can be achieved with the following steps:

Step 1: A page is received. Step 2: Check if the page is a duplicate page of an earlier page.

Step 3: Determine the time...