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SONY TALKMAN; INTEGRATED AM/FM RADIO AND CELLPHONE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021383D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 193K

Publishing Venue

Sony Technical Digest

Related People

Gregory Babakhanian: INVENTOR

Abstract

The Sony Talkman is a combination of two existing technologies-the Walkman@ stereo and the cellular phone. Constructed in a similar manner to a Walkman@ player, the handset unit could still be used for AM/FM stereo reception. The handset unit would also have the added feature of a telephone keypod-by using a specialized plug with an integrated headset and microphone, the phone portion of the device could then be utilized. To make the device more accessible to an active user, both the handset and the microphone would have clips that would fasten the Talkman to the user's clothes.

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Sony Technical Digest, Volume 3, November 2000, ISSN 1521-5180

SONY TALKMAN; INTEGRATED AM/FM RADIO AND CELLPHONE

Invention by:

Gregory Babakhanian

The Sony Talkman is a combination of two existing technologies-the Walkman@ stereo and the cellular phone. Constructed in a similar manner to a Walkman@ player, the handset unit could still be used for AM/FM stereo reception. The handset unit would also have the added feature of a telephone keypod-by using a specialized plug with an integrated headset and microphone, the phone portion of the device could then be utilized. To make the device more accessible to an active user, both the handset and the microphone would have clips that would fasten the Talkman to the user's clothes.

One useful way to integrate the microphone with the cell phone function of the Talkman would be to incorporate a voice activation feature into the device. The user could speak into the microphone, access the phone's memory, and place calls by simple word commands. Also, the device would have the capability of automatically answering any incoming calls when being used as an AM/FM receiver.

This device would fill a niche in the existing market for "sport" activity types who need to stay connected. In keeping in line with Sony's directive, the device would enhance the quality of life for any user.

Page 42, Sony Technical Digest, Volume 3