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Self-Directed Hardware Maintenance Using Head-Up Displays

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113481D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

McLean, JG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a device providing any of several mechanisms for the communication between a portable computer driving a Head-Up Display (HUD) and any type of external hardware to facilitate enhanced setup, maintanence, or repair of the external hardware.

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Self-Directed Hardware Maintenance Using Head-Up Displays

      Disclosed is a device providing any of several mechanisms for
the communication between a portable computer driving a Head-Up
Display (HUD) and any type of external hardware to facilitate
enhanced setup, maintanence, or repair of the external hardware.

      The hardware for this device consists of a portable computer,
an HUD, and a cable and connector which allows the user to "jack in"
to the external hardware, which contains a mating connector.  The
computer receives data from the external hardware via the port, using
any convenient protocol, and uses standard computing techniques to
create a visual representation of the data received.  The computer
then provides the visual representation to the user via the HUD.

      In use, the maintenance person "jacks in" to the diagnostic
port of the external hardware (typical external hardware types might
include copiers, medical equipment, consumer electronics, and complex
computer hardware).  The computer interprets the diagnostic codes
recieved and determines the type of unit being serviced and the
apparent problem.  The computer now refers to its repair information
database and supplies the user with a graphic image via the HUD.
This image can contain text data describing the appropriate action,
graphics showing the action to take, and other useful information.
As the repair task proceeds, the image is updated to reflect the
changed status of the...