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Method and System for Providing a Chamber-style Modular Phone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243512D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 127K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for providing a chamber-style modular phone that can be customized based on one or more functionalities required by a user.

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Method and System for Providing a Chamber-style Modular Phone

Disclosed is a method and system for providing a chamber-style modular phone that can be customized based on one or more functionalities required by a user. The phone can be, but need not be limited to, a mobile device, a smart phone. The one or more functionalities include, but need not be limited to, location sensing, operation of certain mobile applications (apps).

In an embodiment, the method and system provides a chamber-style modular phone comprising a chamber casing and multiple phone blocks known as quadrants that can fit into the chamber-style modular phone to enhance and extend the functionality of the phone according to the user's requirements. Each of the quadrants contains 'n' slots for functional augmentation and is interchangeable with a "no-op" quadrant. Further, the phone has a kernel encompassed within a firmware of the casing itself.

Additionally, the phone also consists of a commodity touchscreen for user interaction. The chamber casing consists of firmware that contains the kernel function of the phone

whose primary function in addition to the firmware is to provide a device operating

system enabling device centric boot sequence, application management and device management. The casing's shell design allows the casing to contain physical slot based quadrants, a screen data connector, an expanded storage module, a power manager, power charging port, data manager, and wireless receiver, dedicated on/off switch, dedicated battery and device processors. The screen data connector transfers data to and from screen touch inputs / pixel data. The expanded storage module is necessary for computationally intensive quadrant purposes. The power manager is used to equally distribute power among the various quadrants/screen of the phone. This leads to the availability of one overall "battery level" as opposed to 'n' levels for the user to manage, however quadrant-specific battery levels should be available to the user in case the user wants to charge only necessary quadrants when needed. The power charging port is a physical alternative to inductive charger. The data manager handles management of data and communication to/from necessary functional quadrants to the kernel. This functionality is hardwired via bus technology to provide a data flow to/from necessary locations/slots. The device processor(s) provide baseline processing power to the entire device.

There are a number of design points that each functional quadrant must adhere to in order to be usable by the modular phone. The central design points consist of sectioned off portions of each quadrant to be utilized for various activities such as a function module, location module, pow...