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INFRARED INTERFACE PORT FOR COPIERS AND PRINTERS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027078D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Proposed is providing an infrared port associated with a printer through which image data in digital form may be sent to the printer. A user who has created a document in digital form in a wireless device, such as in a lap-top computer with an infrared signal source associated therewith, directs the infrared signal to an infrared receiver connected to a printer. The digital data of the desired image can then be transmitted as infrared signals to the printer for printing. The data transferred via the infrared signal may also include instructions about, for example, how many copies of the document should be printed. Also proposed is two-way infrared communication between the printer and a remote user, so that the printer can transmit infrared *handshake" signals to the wireless device, such as a message indicating that the document data has been accepted.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

INFRARED INTERFACE PORT FOR COPIERS AND PRINTERS U.S. C1.364/132 Bobby G. Easterly

Proposed Classification

Int. C1. C04b 41/00

Proposed is providing an infrared port associated with a printer through which image data in digital form may be sent to the printer. A user who has created a document in digital form in a wireless device, such as in a lap-top computer with an infrared signal source associated therewith, directs the infrared signal to an infrared receiver connected to a printer. The digital data of the desired image can then be transmitted as infrared signals to the printer for printing. The data transferred via the infrared signal may also include instructions about, for example, how many copies of the document should be printed. Also proposed is two-way infrared communication between the printer and a remote user, so that the printer can transmit infrared *handshake" signals to the wireless device, such as a message indicating that the document data has been accepted.

Infrared communication can also be used by a technical representative to obtain data about the use of a particular copier or printer by soliciting and then receiving such data with a hand-held wireless device. Such data can be used for precise customer billing.

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