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Telephone and Portable Phone Visual Caller ID

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016267D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

One of the features of telephone technology that has become very popular and useful is the caller ID feature. This feature allows a user, when receiving an incoming phone call, to determine the number, and in some cases the name of the person calling, before accepting the call. The caller ID feature is very useful for screening calls from salesmen, and other sources the user may or may not wish to speak with at that time. There are many caller ID devices, some with large LCD screens, some with small screens, and some that announce the user audibly. The current visual units require that you be looking at the unit, and close enough to for your vision to see the number of the person calling. The audible units require you be close enough to hear the unit. There exists products today that allow numbers to projected on a wall. This technology is typically available in the form of a clock which projects the time on a wall in a room. See the graphic below for some available products.

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Telephone and Portable Phone Visual Caller ID

   One of the features of telephone technology that has become very popular and useful is the caller ID feature. This feature allows a user, when receiving an incoming phone call, to determine the number, and in some cases the name of the person calling, before accepting the call.

The caller ID feature is very useful for screening calls from salesmen, and other sources the user may or may not wish to speak with at that time.

There are many caller ID devices, some with large LCD screens, some with small screens, and some that announce the user audibly. The current visual units require that you be looking at the unit, and close enough to for your vision to see the number of the person calling. The audible units require you be close enough to hear the unit.

There exists products today that allow numbers to projected on a wall. This technology is typically available in the form of a clock which projects the time on a wall in a room. See the graphic below for some available products.

This publications documents the application of using this numeric projection technology in a process for adding a visual caller ID projector to a telephone device. When the phone rings on a device that implements this invention the phone will project the caller's number on an associated flat surface. The invention also describes additional usability enhancements for the basic implementation, as well as enhancement when the invention is offered in a handset device.

The basic process describes adding a projection unit, similar to the units in projection clocks to a telephone device. The projection unit swivels and allows pointing of the projection toward the selected display surface. When the phone rings, the caller ID displays the number of the party that is calling.

The idea can be further improved by mounting the projector lens on a ball gimbal to allow the project to swivel in any direction. The idea can also be extended by the use of color. Multi color LED exist today and are found in products. Some Japanese cells phones use a multi color LED to signal an incoming call, and allow the user to assign colors to a given caller in the phone's address book. We can enhance this feature by using the same LED technology in the projector. If Joe Smith is assigned blue in a phone's address book, when Joe smith calls that phone and his number is identified, the number will be projec...