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Flight mode for wireless headsets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131786D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

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Abstract

This invention relates specifically to a stereo Bluetooth headset but potentially to any wireless headset or headphones.

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Title

Flight mode for wireless headsets

Abstract

This invention relates specifically to a stereo Bluetooth headset but potentially to any

wireless headset or headphones.

This invention involves mechanical, electrical and acoustical fields.

Currently, wireless headsets and headphones cannot be used in-flight due to FAA

regulations. Owners of wireless headsets and headphones are forced to carry corded

versions to use when traveling by air.

This invention involves the integration of a connector and electrical circuit into a

wireless headset (or headphones) that allows the user to plug a cord into the headset,

which is connected to an audio source, automatically disabling the wireless capabilities

of the headset.  By disabling wireless functions and providing for corded audio input, a

device can be used in passenger aircraft. This feature is referred to as "flight mode."

When implemented in a stereo wireless headset, an additional feature called “dual

purpose mic" is proposed with this invention. In addition to disabling the wireless

capabilities when a cord is connected to a stereo wireless headset, the headset

microphone automatically switches from communication mode (assumed to capture

voice) to noise-cancellation mode where it measures background noise for cancellation

in the receive paths to provide an improved listening experience in noisy environments.

In other words, the stereo wireless headset would automatically become noise canceling

headphones when a cord is conne...