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"Buzz tones" Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200123D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Disclosed is a new feature for cellular phone caller identification using buzz-tones to identify the caller to the user.

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"Buzz tones"

During in-person meetings and conversations, if a user's cellular phone vibrates, then they need to be able to identify the caller and decide whether or not to interrupt the proceedings to take the call. Looking at the display on the phone is the usual method, but that action is often disrespectful, a distraction, or counter-productive.

The disclosed solution to this problem involves the application of vibration, in the form of buzz-tones, to identify the caller to the user. Different combinations of phone vibrations are assigned to different contacts. This solution is similar to using ringtones, but uses buzz-tones rather than a ringtone when the phone is in silent mode. With a customized, preset buzz-tone, a user can quickly identify the caller without having to look at the cellular phone.

Rather than the user specifying a particular vibration combination for each caller (or group of callers), the invention could enable the phone to automatically design a combination for each user by coding. For example:

The phone emits vibrations using Morse Code to spell out the caller identification.

If buzz-tones are only enabled for callers on the phone's speed dial list, then the phone repeatedly emits the number of vibrations corresponding to the caller's speed dial number (i.e., if the caller is speed dial number 3, then the phone repeatedly emits 3 short buzzes, followed by a long buzz).