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Clamshell Phone with Camera

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000036151D
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 9 page(s) / 453K

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Lovleen Chadha: INVENTOR

Abstract

This invention describes a low cost option to the complex swivel camera mechanisms in clamshell phone devices.

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SIEMENS

Siemens Docket No.: 2005J00725

Title: Clamshell Phone with Camera

Inventor(s): Lovleen Chadha

Owner: Siemens Communications, Inc.

Siemens Corporation

Intellectual Property Department 1230 Shorebird Way Tel: (650) 694-5000 West Coast P.O. Box 7393 Fax: (650) 968-4517

Mountain View, CA 94039-7393 IP Hotline: (650) 943ยท7066

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Clamshell Phone with Camera

Abstract:

This invention describes a low cost option to the complex swivel camera mechanisms in clamshell phone devices.

Background Information:

Many mobile phone vendors use complex hinge or swivel camera mechanisms in their mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to enable a bi-directional usage of the camera.

The camera lens is placed in the hinged portion of the clamshell device. This requires complex engineering thereby increasing the cost. In addition, it is not feasible to use an optical viewfinder in such solutions.

Details of the Specific Embodiments of the Invention:

The embodiments described in this disclosure do not require any additional moving parts or swivel mechanism. They exploit the inherent folding mechanism of the clamshell devices.

Embodiment 1

As shown in Fig. 1, the first embodiment provides an optical viewfinder on the back of the keypad. When the device is closed, the camera is facing the object to be photographed. The camera user views the object through the optical viewfinder on the backside of the phone/device.

This embodiment allows placement of the flash on the left side of the device and camera lens/viewfinder on the right side (of course, this arrangement can be interchanged to have flash on the right side and camera lens/viewfinder on the left side).

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Figure 1: Camera lens next to keypad. Optical Viewfinder on back

Embodiment 2

As shown in Fig. 2, in this embodiment, the camera lens and flash are placed next to the display. When the device is closed, the camera is facing the backside towards the object to be photographed. In this mode the object can be viewed on an additional smaller display on the outside of the phone cover.

In order to keep the device bill of materials ("BOM" is the cost of materials for a device including manufacturing costs) low, the additional display can be replaced with an

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optical viewfinder. The camera user views the object through the optical viewfinder on the front side of the phone.

This embodiment also allows placement of the flash on the left side of the device and camera lens/viewfinder on the right side (of course. this arrangement can be interchanged).

Figure 2: Camera lens next to display. Optical Viewfinder on back

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Embodiment 3

Fig. 3 shows a different style based on th...