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INVERTING PAGER IN HOLSTER TO CONTROL ALERT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000009165D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 86K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Sergio Berriz: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Quite often a pager user finds him or her self in a situation where the pager alerting method is not appropriate for the current environment, such as when the user is in a meeting or giving a presenta- tion. In this case, the user had to remove the pager from the holster, access the user interface to alter the alerting method and re-insert the pager into the hol- ster. This is a fairly easy procedure, yet it can be improved significantly, as will be described below.

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MOTOROLA Technical Developments

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INVERTING PAGER IN HOLSTER TO CONTROL ALERT

by Sergio Berriz and James Hymel

  Quite often a pager user finds him or her self in a situation where the pager alerting method is not appropriate for the current environment, such as when the user is in a meeting or giving a presenta- tion. In this case, the user had to remove the pager from the holster, access the user interface to alter the alerting method and re-insert the pager into the hol- ster. This is a fairly easy procedure, yet it can be improved significantly, as will be described below.

  For many front-mount style pagers, the pager holster can be designed such that the pager can be inserted in right side up or up side down. In either situation, the holster can include specially designed tabs to depress a particular switch. When the pager is inserted into the holster right side up one key is depressed, and when inserted up side down a differ- ent key is depressed.

  In this manner, the user can select 3 modes of pager: alerting in a first manner when the pager is out of holster, alerting in a second manner in the holster with the pager right side up, and alerting in a third manner in the holster with the pager up side down. A default selection for all 3 modes will reflect a general alerting mode, i.e. vibe, audible, quiet time.

  When a pager is so configured as described above, the holster is designed with special tabs, see Figure 1 on next page, such that the orientation of the pager in the holster will cause one of two pager keys to become depressed. Upon insertion of the

pager into the holster the pager will emit a pre- selected alert, i.e...