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Using Hot Keys on Cellular Devices for Instant Messaging Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004606D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Feb-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Feb-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

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Using Hot Keys on Cellular Devices for Instant Messaging

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Using Hot Keys on Cellular Devices for Instant Messaging

By Greg Byrnes

Sending a text instant message on a Cellular Device is never easy due to the difficulties associated with the input of text data for transmission. The use of "Hot" keys on Cellular devices could make things easier to accomplish for instant messages that the user repeatedly uses.

Hot keys are commonly used on a variety of devices to allow the user to configure a unit to perform a specific task with a minimum number of keystrokes. Automatic dialling is probably the most common application of hot keys used in the marketplace today. Rather than dialling a frequently used number the user can program a hot key to automatically dial the number saved for that key. This capability allows the user to configure the device to the needs of the user and thus saves the time and frustration that accompanies the dialling of a frequently used number.

The approach mentioned above could also be used in an instant message application of cellular devices. In addition to a hot key being pre-programmed for a specific telephone number the key could also have an association for an instant message. If the instant message function was enabled, the hot key when selected would send a previously entered instant message to the intended recipient. For example, let's say Bob and Dave are two friends who frequently go out for lunch together. Each has access to a cellular device for instant messaging. Bob would pre-program his hot key associated with Dave to read the following "Dave, would you be available for lunch today at 11:30?". Dave could then get an instant message from Bob with a minimal amount of effort. Bob could also store additional messages for Dave such as "Dave, let's meet at the pizza place for lunch today at 11:30," thus allowing Bob to select from a series of selectable instant messages designated specifically for Dave.

In summary, utilizing hot keys as a way to simplify the sending of instant messages on cellular devices would reduce the effort required to enter text data and increase the use of the instant messaging feature.