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Auditory Feedback Method for Personal Communicators

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114867D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hsieh, DM: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a hardware implementation to provide an auditory feedback to users of personal communicators, as used in Personal Computers (PCs). The implementation utilizes the existing internal speaker of the PC to signal the user that the personal communicator functions are in an ON state.

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Auditory Feedback Method for Personal Communicators

      Described is a hardware implementation to provide an auditory
feedback to users of personal communicators, as used in Personal
Computers (PCs).  The implementation utilizes the existing internal
speaker of the PC to signal the user that the personal communicator
functions are in an ON state.

      Generally, personal communicators, as used with PCs, provide
the capability of combining various communication units, such as
cellular telephone, FAX, electronic mail, schedular and address book
functions.  Typically, the functions are independently powered,
generally through the use of batteries.  Under certain circumstances,
the personal communicators units can be left ON while the PC is
turned OFF, causing unnecessary battery drain.  Although visual
feedback indicators have been previously been provided, visual
indicators have not been found to be enough of an indicator to the
user to prevent excessive battery drain.

      The concept described herein is intended to notify the user of
the power states of the personal communicator units through audio
means.  The technique utilized provides an auditory indication,
through the existing PC speaker, that one or more of the personal
communicator units are in an ON state.  The personal communicator
auditory feedback method provides circuitry so that a discriminable
auditory cue indicates the ON state of the various units.  When the
users wishes to leave one...