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Multiple Device Cradle Charging Unit

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131891D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 25K

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Abstract

With the release of WiFi devices, we are entering a stage wherein the owner of the device may not have a USB charging cable or even a computer to plug a USB charging cable to. This is more a case in the WiFi setup where you could have several hundred devices deployed to a hospital or plant workforce, where these users will have no available means to charge there devices. The only option currently available would be to buy each user a computer (not very cost-effective) or get a third-party device that would let them charge via a power outlet. The Multi-Charge unit would allow IT staff to setup these units at a common location, say a security desk or such, where employes could drop off and pick up their devices each day. What the unit would consist of 6 - 12 charging bays where devices could be slid into place. The device slots would allow the unit to be slid in on their side in a downwards direction (USB charging port facing down). This is to let gravity insure there is a proper connection between the device and the station. The unit could also employ a visable indicator, via a Red/Green light switch, to show when a connection is established with the device. The unit could also have applications outside the above listed environments, allowing IT or development teams to keep any test devices always in a charged state.

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MULTI-CHARGE UNIT

Multiple Device Cradle Charging Unit

Disclosed Anonymously

With the release of WiFi devices, we are entering a stage wherein the owner of the device may not have a USB charging cable or even a computer to plug a USB charging cable to.

This is more a case in the WiFi setup where you could have several hundred devices deployed to a hospital or plant workforce, where these users will have no available means to charge there devices.

The only option currently available would be to buy each user a computer (not very cost-effective) or get a third-party device that would let them charge via a power outlet.

The Multi-Charge unit would allow IT staff to setup these units at a common location, say a security desk or such, where employes could drop off and pick up their devices each day.

What the unit would consist of 6 - 12 charging bays where devices could be slid into place. The device slots would allow the unit to be slid in on their side in a downwards direction (USB charging port facing down). This is to let gravity insure there is a proper connection between the device and the station. The unit could also employ a visable indicator, via a Red/Green light switch, to show when a connection is established with the device.

The unit could also have applications outside the above listed environments, allowing IT or development teams to keep any test devices always in a charged state.