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Desktop-Enabling Docking Station for Use with a Portable Electronic Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131917D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 10K

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Abstract

Currently, there is a clear distinction between desktop PCs and portable communications devices, for example, PDAs with wireless communications abilities. Desktop PCs are integral to the daily functioning of virtually all modern corporations. Companies are also relying more and more heavily on portable email devices for effective communications. Individuals and corporations spend large amounts of money purchasing both portable communications devices and desktop PCs. The first problem that this invention disclosure addresses is the non-portable and expensive nature of desktop PCs (they don't fit well in your pocket). This invention also addresses the problem of external hardware connectivity limitations of portable electronics communications devices, specifically to external monitors.

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docking station for A portable electronic device

Desktop-Enabling Docking Station for Use with a Portable Electronic Device

Disclosed Anonymously

Currently, there is a clear distinction between desktop PCs and portable communications devices, for example, PDAs with wireless communications abilities. Desktop PCs are integral to the daily functioning of virtually all modern corporations. Companies are also relying more and more heavily on portable email devices for effective communications. Individuals and corporations spend large amounts of money purchasing both portable communications devices and desktop PCs. The first problem that this invention disclosure addresses is the non-portable and expensive nature of desktop PCs (they don't fit well in your pocket). This invention also addresses the problem of external hardware connectivity limitations of portable electronics communications devices, specifically to external monitors.

A major factor preventing the use of some PDAs as desktop PCs is their inablility to connect to standard external devices, such as keyboards, mice, and video monitors.

This invention blurs the distinction between desktop PCs and portable communications devices, by allowing a portable communications device to also act as a desktop PC. This also makes desktop PCs more affordable, as you need only purchase a portable communications device and special docking station. This docking station will allow communications between standard external hardware devices and the portable communications device. The user simply docs their PDAs to this station (connecting via a USB cable) and they may now use their standard keyboard, monitor, etc, just as if they were using a normal desktop P...