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A cradling solution that offers multiple device orientations to alter the cradling density.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236292D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Apr-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Apr-17
Document File: 7 page(s) / 324K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Fountain, Mark: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

The invention describes a cradling system that can be configured at the point of install to allow a terminal to be cradled in one of two different orientations depending on the density or display visibility requirements. The two modes are: HD (High Density) - which allows for the terminals screen to be easily visible by a user SHD (Super High Density) - which offers a higher density of cradles in the vertical direction. This is achieved by changing the orientation of the terminal to allow the cradles to be installed closer to each other in the vertical direction, increasing the density of the cradling solution.

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A Cradling Solution That Offers Multiple Terminal Orientations to Alter the Cradling Density

By Author’s Mark Fountain, Ed Hackett,

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

 

ABSTRACT

This invention relates to electronic apparatus such as a hand held computer terminal and its respective cradling (charging and data) solution with the cradling solution offering dual cradling density options from the same component parts. This invention originates from the needs of a cradle in a retail environment however the invention could be applied to other markets.

PROBLEM

Whilst researching use cases for cradles in retail environment it became apparent that the terminal would be used by a number of different user’s in different scenarios and in different environments. Each of these users, scenarios and environments would have different requirements from a cradling solution for both cradling density and display visibility.

Users

1. Shopper

The shopper would be the predominant user of the terminal. Their experience of the terminal would start at the front of the store where they would engage with the cradling solution. Here the terminals would be locked in their cradles and the shopper would need to sign into a kiosk terminal to release a designated terminal (the terminal in the system with the highest battery charge). The shopper would be directed to the relevant terminal by the terminal’s display and/or LED. An audio signal may also be used to assist in locating the terminal. The shoppers could be split into two categories, low end users and power users, this would vary their level of engagement with the terminal and their level of adoption of the technologies involved. It could also reflect their level of familiarity of the terminal and cradling solution, and the process of the shopping trip.

2. Shop Staff

The shop staff would also uses the terminal when completing online shopping orders for their customers, navigating around the store, collecting and scanning items to build the orders for online customers.

Environments

1. Hypermarkets

Potentially large numbers of terminals could be needed in this type of stores. As there is more space available, High Density cradling solution could be used however due to the large number of users a Super High Density solution would be suitable for some scenarios.

2. Supermarkets

Potentially large numbers of terminals could be needed in this type of stores. As there is more space available, High Density cradling solution could be used however due to the large number of users a Super High Density solution would be suitable for some scenarios.

3. Local Stores

Generally space is at a premium due to the nature of the store having less space. Here there would be fewer shoppers at any one time, though due to less space, Super High Density may be needed.

Scenarios

1. Front of store - High Density

In stores with more available space designated to the terminals, it is important that users can see the docked terminal’s display whilst maintai...