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Wireless Copy/Paste Operations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030637D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 22K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Many current mobile devices have text input mechanisms that are slow and tedious. As such, it can be bothersome to transfer text from an e-mail or web page displayed on a full-fledged desktop PC, for example, to a PDA. This invention provides a mechanism for quickly and easily transferring text between computational devices, independent of current applications.

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Wireless Copy/Paste Operations

     By enabling a "Copy to Remote Device" mechanism within an Operating System (similar to the current CTRL-C copy mechanism) and enabling a "Receive wireless paste requests" feature on a PDA OS, text can be transferred quickly and easily, without requiring the user to read the data off of the desktop and input it manually into the PDA. Also avoided is the need to use special software to transfer documents with the intended message, or to transmit dedicated documents with the required information within over a specifically written conduit.

     Enabled within any given OS (PDA, Desktop, whatever) would be a "Copy to Remote Device" function. When executed, the currently highlighted text would be transmitted over any wireless interface (e.g. IR Port, Bluetooth, etc.). Any remote device with a similar wireless interface could then pick up the transmission and paste that information into the current document just as if the user had performed a local paste operation. The user would have to specify that they wish to "Paste From Remote Device" first, however.

     In order to avoid the situation where a device pastes data from someone else's transmission, I propose the following safeguards: First, the remote paste functionality will only execute if the device is enabled to listen for these remote text transmissions by the user.

Second, there can be a way of registering devices with each other so that they are enabled to communicate with each other in th...