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Emergency Power Source for Cell Phones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029774D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-12
Document File: 1 page(s) / 29K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Any cell phone user appreciates the value of a cell phone in an emergency situation. But a dead battery renders that lifesaving communications mechanism useless. Cell phones with reserve power source rechargeable by an alternative means would be a very valuable commodity.

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Emergency Power Source for Cell Phones

Cell phones are many different things to many people. But one common denominator across all cell phone users is the critical role a cell phone serves in emergency situations. However, a dead battery renders a cell phone absolutely worthless, even in an emergency situation.

What is needed, then, is a reserve power source for cell phones that is rechargeable by alternative means.

In the same way that many vehicles have reserve gas tanks, this invention suggests that a cell phone maintain a small amount of battery power or a secondary battery for emergency purposes only. This battery might be charged by some alternative means, such as by solar power, or perhaps by gyroscopic motion (like some new watches).

This reserved power source is accessible only when the phone is in "emergency mode", perhaps activated by dialing 911. This power source should be recharged first and foremost, before the regular power source. There are stories of people being trapped in vehicles or collapsed buildings, or being lost in the woods or a cave. In these situations, a cell phone is a very valuable device for obtaining emergency attention. In these cases, alternative and reserved power sources would be very valuable. Producers of such cell phones would differentiate themselves in a highly competitive technology market.

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