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Telephone and Portable Phone Visual Caller ID

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016267D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

One of the features of telephone technology that has become very popular and useful is the caller ID feature. This feature allows a user, when receiving an incoming phone call, to determine the number, and in some cases the name of the person calling, before accepting the call. The caller ID feature is very useful for screening calls from salesmen, and other sources the user may or may not wish to speak with at that time. There are many caller ID devices, some with large LCD screens, some with small screens, and some that announce the user audibly. The current visual units require that you be looking at the unit, and close enough to for your vision to see the number of the person calling. The audible units require you be close enough to hear the unit. There exists products today that allow numbers to projected on a wall. This technology is typically available in the form of a clock which projects the time on a wall in a room. See the graphic below for some available products.