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Handset Scanner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029194D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a software and hardware system that enables users to instantly scan alphanumeric data into their phone handset. Programming alpha characters into a phone using a numeric keyboard is awkward and time consuming. Programming increasingly long telephone numbers, calling card numbers, PINs, and other access code numbers into handsets is error prone.

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Handset Scanner

Disclosed is a software and hardware system that enables users to instantly scan alphanumeric data into their phone handset. Programming alpha characters into a phone using a numeric keyboard is awkward and time consuming. Programming increasingly long telephone numbers, calling card numbers, PINs, and other access code numbers into handsets is error prone.

Low voltage line or block scanners are well known. They are available in pen-like form factors and allow users to scan single lines of handwritten or typed alphanumeric characters. These scanners typically illuminate a guide light where the scanner is reading from to assist the user or require the tip of the scanner to physically touch the page it is reading from. The characters are input into local memory on the scanner device itself, or transferred to another system via wireless or cable.

There are cell phones and landline phones that allow users to program alphanumeric data into the phone's Personal Information Manager (PIM hereafter). PIM items typically include first and last name, postal address, email address, various phone numbers, FAX number, and pager number. Other times these phone are programmed with frequently used Personal Identification Numbers, calling card numbers, and other access codes. Dialing international with a calling card may require 37+ digits to be entered.

A handset with an integrated line or block scanner directly addresses the problems described above. For example,...