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Integrated Non-Invasive Hotsync Cable for PDA

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028511D
Original Publication Date: 2004-May-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Most if not all hand-held PDA's are synchronized with a computer or other device via a cable or docking station/cradle. Unless the hand-held device is using wireless technology the user must also take the docking station when moving to another place to synchronize, such as from home to work. This added component hinders the mobility of the hand-held device. Current solitions to this problem are costly, such as wireless LAN, bluetooth networking, or buying seperate docking stations for each location. This publication suggests the integration of the syncronization cable into the device itself using low-profile cabling.

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Integrated Non-Invasive Hotsync Cable for PDA

Most if not all hand-held PDA's are synchronized with a computer or other device via a cable or docking station/cradle. Unless the hand-held device is using wireless technology the user must also take the docking station when moving to another place to synchronize, such as from home to work. This added component hinders the mobility of the hand-held device. Current solitions to this problem are costly, such as wireless LAN, bluetooth networking, or buying seperate docking stations for each location. This publication suggests the integration of the syncronization cable into the device itself using low-profile cabling.

A handheld device could store a low profile sycronization cradle within it's body either by coiling it within a closable storage space, or by a cable retracting system. This eliminates the need for a cradle or external cable durring transport.

Figure 1 depicts an example of a handheld device which contains a retractable cable. The circle labled "B" represents a spooler that can automatically coil the cable "C" on PDA "A".

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