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Networked Media Storage Device with Bluetooth Enablement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033491D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In cases where people have many removable storage devices (i.e. CD's, hard drives, floppy disks, etc), it becomes a chore to keep track of what files are on what volumes and where they are located. A need exists for a storage device that automatically locates the desired volume. This invention described a device that can hold multiple volumes of infromation from a media, such as CDROM, DVD, memory keys, etc. The device resembles a CD tray, but communicates with the system through wireless connectivity. All files and media can be easily recovered, using this device

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Networked Media Storage Device with Bluetooth Enablement

     This solution involves a physical storage device that holds multiple volumes of information (CDROMs, DVDs, memory keys, or the like). Each individual storage location within the device (such as a CD tray) has an associated LED or other visual indicator. An example of such a device might be a tower of multiple CD trays with an LED indicator next to each tray. The storage device includes a simple circuit comprising a bluetooth receiver and a multiplexor circuit that translates received location codes to a particular volume location.

     Upon coming in contact with a volume for the first time, the host PC creates a log of filenames and attributes associated with that volume, as well as any unique volume identifier. Upon ejecting or removing the media, the host PC assigns an unused location in the storage device for that volume then sends a signal to the storage device which causes the indicator for the appropriate location to be activated and the operator moves the media volume to that storage location. Later, when a file from that volume is requested, the host PC consults the log and determines the associated volume and storage location, and sends a signal to the storage device which again causes the appropriate indicator to be activated, allowing the user to easily access and mount the required volume.

Process Flowchart

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  Volume is inserted into PC

PC creates log of filenames & attributes

PC assigns...