Wrist Phone with Completely Detachable and Stealthy Antenna System
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-25
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Small devices like mobile phones can be worn for example on someone's wrist. The wrist phones usually are bulky and unattractive because of the RF (radio frequency) -antenna. The later needs to have a given minimum length to achieve the optimal performance within a given frequency band. Because of the integrated antenna, a user can not utilize functionality of a mobile device that doesn't require an RF-interface within an aircraft. Among the applications that don't require an air interface are the music player, photo-album, display of pictures, editing functionality, etc.. The use of the wrist phones requires cumbersome interaction to answer/make a call (wireless hands-free, or higher sensitivity in the microphone and volume in ear piece). These two approaches use more battery and are not as discreet as regular mobile device usage. The limited size of the wrist phone (to keep its bulkiness to a minimum) affects the amount of functionality that can be provided by the device. The antenna system has been at the least partly integrated in the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) of the mobile device. This means that even if the extensions to the conductive enclosures that transmit RF-radiation into the air are removed, the device will still be able to transmit and receive signal even though badly. As a consequence its use want be allowed inside an aircraft. Also, since part of the antenna system is still in the PCB of the mobile device, the placement of additional elements/functionalities is restricted, and furthermore the mobile device becomes bulky and unattractive.