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Bi-Directional Camera Phone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027888D
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-09

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Lovleen Chadha: INVENTOR

Abstract

This invention describes a bi-directional concept for integrating a camera with phone.

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Our Docket No.: 2004J04543

Title: Inventor(s):

BI-DIRECTIONAL CAMERA PHONE Lovleen Chadha

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Bidirectional Camera Phone With Zoom lens

Abstract: This invention describes a bi-directional concept for integrating a camera with phone.

Background Information: Most of the mobile phones, at present, are able to take care of only one of the following two requirements of a Camera-phone.

1. When used like a normal camera, the lens should be facing the subject and the viewfinder/display are normally not visible to the subject. Viewfinder/Display always faces the user rather than the subject.
2. For shooting self-picture (as in video conferencing), the display & the camera-lens, both, should be facing the user (subject).

Further, due to the small form factor, camera-phones do not have the zoom capabilities.

Details: This invention revolves around the idea that the camera housing can be accommodated in a cavity in the main body of the phone. The camera-housing is mounted to a bridge attached to moveable arms (hinged on both sides on the phone body).

Figure 1: Camera Housing and bridge

As shown in figure 1 .a, when the moveable-arms are in closed position the camera-lens is facing the phone user. Camera-Lens & the phone display both are facing the user. This can be used for self-pictures or as a personal video conferencing system.

When the moveable-arms have been fully retracted out, the camera-lens is facing the other side of the phone and the display is facing the phone user. This allows a regular camera-like usage of the phone.

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Figure 2 : Moveable arms mounted to the phone body

Embodiment 1 is shown in Fig 3.A, 3.B, 3.C & 3.D. The moveable arms are hinged to the sides in such a manner that the bridge closes & opens on the front side of the phone.

When the arms are open, the Camera & the display both face the phone user (for self picture). When the arms are closed, the display faces the phone user and the camera faces the subject towards the backside of the phone.

Embodiment 2 is shown in Fig 4.A, 4.B, 4.C & 4.0. Like embodiment 1, the moveable arms are hinged to the sides in such a manner that the bridge closes & opens on the front side of the phone.

The main difference is that when the arms are closed, the Camera & the display both face the phone user (for self picture). When the arms are open, the display faces the phone user and the camera faces the subject towards the backside of the phone.

Embodiment 3 is shown in Fig 5.A, 5.B, 5.C & S.D. The moveable arms are hinged to the sides in such a manner that the bridge closes & opens on the backside of the phone.

When the arms are closed, the Camera & the display both face the phone user (for self picture). When the arms are open, the display faces the phone user and the camera faces the subject towards the backside of the phone.

Embodiment 4 is shown in Fig 6.A, 6.B, 6.C & 6.D. The moveable arms are hinged to t...