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System and Method for Minimal Controls Phone and Service

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016350D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a hardware and software system for enabling telephones to be made smaller and cheaper, by reducing their complexity, and allowing the functionality in the telephone and the services that it provides to be off-loaded to the telephone service provider and allowing this service to be more fully customized through the web. There are many problems with today's telephones, such as their size (even the small ones are too big), and the complexity of the keypads, and visual displays, etc. , and the fact that the telephones require a hand to operate them properly. For some telephone applications, it may be desirable to offer, a phone device that does not have a visual interface, does not have a complicated keypad and does not require a hand to operate it or hold it. The current cell phone design is dangerous when driving a car. Manufacturers have built both car phones and hand-free sets for common cellphones, but they aren't used as much as they should be. This innovation proposes a software system that enables a specialized telephone device to be constructed that does not have a traditional numeric keypad, does not have a visual display, and is too small to worry about holding it in your hand or up to your ear. It would be most likely worn by clipping it to a lapel or collar.

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System and Method for Minimal Controls Phone and Service

Disclosed is a hardware and software system for enabling telephones to be made smaller and cheaper, by reducing their complexity, and allowing the functionality in the telephone and the services that it provides to be off-loaded to the telephone service provider and allowing this service to be more fully customized through the web.

There are many problems with today's telephones, such as their size (even the small ones are too big), and the complexity of the keypads, and visual displays, etc. , and the fact that the telephones require a hand to operate them properly. For some telephone applications, it may be desirable to offer, a phone device that does not have a visual interface, does not have a complicated keypad and does not require a hand to operate it or hold it.

The current cell phone design is dangerous when driving a car. Manufacturers have built both car phones and hand-free sets for common cellphones, but they aren't used as much as they should be.

This innovation proposes a software system that enables a specialized telephone device to be constructed that does not have a traditional numeric keypad, does not have a visual display, and is too small to worry about holding it in your hand or up to your ear. It would be most likely worn by clipping it to a lapel or collar.

The basis of this innovation is the software that operates it. The device, because of its limited complexity, would be modal. It would either be 'active' (transmitting/receiving audio) or 'inactive' waiting for a connection from the service provider.

The communication device would be activated by tapping a button on it. The button could be an internal electronic switch, and have no moving parts. No moving parts would really be necessary, a voltage triggered relay switch could be used, so that when the voltage is grounded by the body, and the state of the device is changed (either connected or disconnected).

As the device's state transitions from one state to another, simple low volume tones would be emitted from the device, indicating its state. The tones would represent 1) activation, 2) activation acknowledged by the service provider, 3) incoming activation request. 4) incoming call activation pending, 5) disactivation.

This software would combine features that exist in other phone solutions today, primarily a simple voice command filter. Since, there is no keypad, the connection can only be made to the telephone service provider. When the service providers computer answers the call, the user would speak a command, such as "up"...