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External design for a hands-free portable wireless communications device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130448D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

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Abstract

Current PDA's and cell phones must be held up to the ear with a hand to perform a voice call. this leaves only a single hand for carrying a bag, or typing on a keyboard, making it inconvenient to use for highly mobile people that require full use of both their hands. Although an independent headset (with an ear bud and microphone attached on an arm) connected through Bluetooth may be used with the device being holstered on a belt, it is inconvenient and too visible to wear all day, and increases the cost of the device. The invention is for a cigar-shaped personal communication device that can be hung from the neck, permitting hands-free operation. It is attached to a necklace through a clasp. Designed specifically for voice-chatting with users connected on a chat service. This device requires no keypad for dialing numbers like a typical cell phone, and thus consists of a highly compact and low-cost design. The external casing is a unique form factor in the shape of a flat cigar that is hung from the user's neck like an amulet. A directional microphone is located at the tip, and an ear bud is extracted from inside of the unit and attached via a short retractable leash. The user listens and speaks without having to hold the device up to the side of the head as with a typical cell phone. A display panel will show icons of other users within range for chatting, laid out across the length of the horizontal LCD display. A roller wheel or buttons are used to select a chat partner from the list by scrolling and making a selection. The device is normally hung from the neck in a vertical position, and is only held up momentarily to control the call status such as to initiate or end a connection. This form factor is especially useful for I.T. personnel that must walk from computer to computer and require the use of both hands to operate the keyboard while communicating with other personnel, or people that borrow the device for use on a tour or at an amusement park.

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HANDS FREE COMMUNICATION DEVICE

External design for a hands-free portable wireless communications device

Disclosed Anonymously

Current PDA's and cell phones must be held up to the ear with a hand to perform a voice call. this leaves only a single hand for carrying a bag, or typing on a keyboard, making it inconvenient to use for highly mobile people that require full use of both their hands. Although an independent headset (with an ear bud and microphone attached on an arm) connected through Bluetooth may be used with the device being holstered on a belt, it is inconvenient and too visible to wear all day, and increases the cost of the device.

The invention is for a cigar-shaped personal communication device that can be hung from the neck, permitting hands-free operation. It is attached to a necklace through a clasp. Designed specifically for voice-chatting with users connected on a chat service. This device requires no keypad for dialing numbers like a typical cell phone, and thus consists of a highly compact and low-cost design.

The external casing is a unique form factor in the shape of a flat cigar that is hung from the user's neck like an amulet. A directional microphone is located at the tip, and an ear bud is extracted from inside of the unit and attached via a short retractable leash. The user listens and speaks without having to hold the device up to the side of the head as with a typical cell phone.

A display panel will show icons of other users within range for ch...