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Universal Connecitivity Port

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016351D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 88K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a device referred to as the Universal Connectivity Port (UCP). The idea is to provide individuals a standardized way to connect their handheld computers to private and public docking stations or kiosks. This will bring ubiquitous access to power and higher speed network connectivity from these mobile devices. Consumers will be able to use the connectivity port for every device they obtain in every country they visit. Think of the handheld computer as the device that is used to stay connected with colleagues and family with email and voice communications. Think of the UCP as the touchdown station that turns the handheld into a full function computer. The UCP will exist in private homes, automobiles, businesses, and public places such as hotel rooms or lobbies, airports, convention centers, public parks, restaurants, and airplanes. The following functions will be part of the UCP: Power connection The device will be plugged into the countries standard power plug. When the device is connected to the UCP it will be recharged and run off the UCP power. The connection from UCP to device will come in two flavors. One will be a wire with various adapters that will connect to legacy devices. The other will be a wireless close proximity connection. This would require the devices to be touching the UCP’s power charge area and allow current to pass through without any adapters – much like many cordless headsets and rechargeable toothbrushes do today.

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Universal Connecitivity Port

  Disclosed is a device referred to as the Universal Connectivity Port (UCP). The idea is to provide individuals a standardized way to connect their handheld computers to private and public docking stations or kiosks. This will bring ubiquitous access to power and higher speed network connectivity from these mobile devices. Consumers will be able to use the connectivity port for every device they obtain in every country they visit. Think of the handheld computer as the device that is used to stay connected with colleagues and family with email and voice communications. Think of the UCP as the touchdown station that turns the handheld into a full function computer.

The UCP will exist in private homes, automobiles, businesses, and public places such as hotel rooms or lobbies, airports, convention centers, public parks, restaurants, and airplanes.

The following functions will be part of the UCP:

    Power connection - The device will be plugged into the countries standard power plug. When the device is connected to the UCP it will be recharged and run off the UCP power. The connection from UCP to device will come in two flavors. One will be a wire with various adapters that will connect to legacy devices. The other will be a wireless close proximity connection. This would require the devices to be touching the UCP's power charge area and allow current to pass through without any adapters - much like many cordless headsets and rechargeable toothbrushes do today.

    Monitor - The UCP will have a monitor. This monitor will allow users to view data on a larger screen than the typical small handheld device screen. Different size monitors will be available for the different models of UCP. These models will be discussed below. The graphics chip will support 3d graphics.

    Biometric authentication - Users will be able to be authenticated to their back-end systems using a thumbprint reader or iris scanner built into the UCP.

    Keyboard/mouse - The UCP will have keyboard and mouse capability. The keyboard/mouse configurations will be different based on the model of UCP.

    High speed Internet Access - When the handheld is connected to the UCP either wired or wirelessly, the user will have high-speed access to data.

    Universal Handheld Connector (UHC) - This part of the UCP will contain the standard interface for all devices that connect to it. It will be an industry standard similar to USB 1.1 or
2.0

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