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Ruggedized Peripheral for Wireless Handheld

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130435D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

Wireless handheld users in fields where outdoor activities such as worksites, construction, etc, require an added level of protection to boost the device's ruggedness as well as protect the plastic surfaces and display from impacts by terrain, tools, etc. Also, vivid colors would make the handheld easy to locate amongst the clutter of the worksite. Ruggedizers can also be colored to match military camouflage / uniform standards. A protective rubber encasement would protect the device from scratches and lessen the effect of potentially destructive impacts. Correctly positioned rubber nubs or protrusions around the display and keyboard area would lessen the chances of a direct impact. Encasing the device in a rubber encasement, similar to how Fluke Manufacturing packages some model of electronic multimeters (see figure), would protect most of the device from a severe direct impact - the edges and corners would be especially protected. The display and keyboard would have as much protection as possible without affecting functionality. My idea is to fashion a rubberized encasement for the handheld with the contours to functionally expose the trackwheel and any buttons on the edge. The keyboard and display would have proper contouring and strategic placed nubs or protrusions of rubber to offer added protection. The battery compartment, USB, headset jack, phone switch and IrDA port would be encased and not accessible. The LED on the device could mate with a plastic lens embedded in the rubber encasement so that visual alerts from the device would still function when the device is encased. Military version could come with or without the plastic lens. The encasement should also have an inclement weather covering which snaps on or attaches by pushing into position and being retained by interference fit. The covering should protect from moisture, sand, dirt, etc.

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Wireless Handheld Ruggedizer

Ruggedized Peripheral for Wireless Handheld

Disclosed Anonymously

Wireless handheld users in fields where outdoor activities such as worksites, construction, etc, require an added level of protection to boost the device's ruggedness as well as protect the plastic surfaces and display from impacts by terrain, tools, etc. Also, vivid colors would make the handheld easy to locate amongst the clutter of the worksite. Ruggedizers can also be colored to match military camouflage / uniform standards.

A protective rubber encasement would protect the device from scratches and lessen the effect of potentially destructive impacts. Correctly positioned rubber nubs or protrusions around the display and keyboard area would lessen the chances of a direct impact.

Encasing the device in a rubber encasement, similar to how Fluke Manufacturing packages some model of electronic multimeters (see figure), would protect most of the device from a severe direct impact - the edges and corners would be especially protected. The display and keyboard would have as much protection as possible without affecting functionality.

My idea is to fashion a rubberized encasement for the handheld with the contours to functionally expose the trackwheel and any buttons on the edge. The keyboard and display would have proper contouring and strategic placed nubs or protrusions of rubber to offer added protection. The battery compartment, USB, headset jack, phone switch and IrDA port would...