Specified Terminal Configuration (e.g., Novelty Type) Patents (Class 379/434)
  • Patent number: 9378724
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a system for implementing near field communication (NFC). The method includes: modulating a digital signal to generate an audio signal with a transmitting device by utilizing a binary frequency shift keying modulation scheme; playing the generated audio signal with the transmitting device; receiving the audio signal by a receiving device; sampling the audio signal by the receiving device; and demodulating the sampled audio signal for obtaining the digital signal by the receiving device. The present disclosure is capable of implementing NFC between mobile communication devices not having NFC chips equipped, thereby solving the problems that hardware requirements which utilize schemes of the NFC standard are higher, and current application ranges are narrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Pengli Zhou, Chang He
  • Patent number: 9026180
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus has a display, keypad, sensor and controller. Keys of the keypad are distributed within a keypad area in at least a first plane and are arranged for user actuation transversally to the first plane to provide a first type of user input. The sensor is positioned to sense navigating user actuation at the keypad area in or coincident with the first plane to provide a second type of user input. The controller is configured to control a focus position on the display in response to the second type of user input; associate a plurality of display subareas of the display with respective keys of the keypad; and accept, for user input of the second type, user actuation of an actuated key among the keys as a selection of a selectable item presented at the focus position in a particular display subarea associated with the actuated key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Unwired Planet, LLC
    Inventor: Jacob Strom
  • Patent number: 8803939
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for realizing videophone are provided in the present invention. The method includes setting different videophone modes; and selecting the videophone mode for a user to perform a video conversation by using the selected videophone mode. The apparatus includes a setting module and a control module which is connected with the setting module. With the method and apparatus for realizing videophone according to the present invention, the user can select a normal conversation or a preset audio/video mode according to requirements in the process of the videophone conversation so as to achieve different video effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Tao Xue
  • Patent number: 8611529
    Abstract: A communication device is provided, which includes a communication unit performing data communication, a communication device main body accommodating the communication unit, a handset that is electrically connected with the communication unit and configured to be used for voice communication, a first side cover forming a first side wall of the communication device main body in a predetermined width direction of the communication device main body, an upper cover that is disposed over the first side cover and configured with a higher stiffness than the first side cover, a holder that is attached to the first side cover and configured to hold the handset on an upper surface of the holder, and a load transmission unit transmitting, to the upper cover, a load applied upward from a lower surface of the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Xingjing Chen, Yasunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8583166
    Abstract: A mobile terminal device includes an input unit for inputting addressee information data relevant to an addressee of a videophone communication including at least a phone number, a data storage unit for storing a plurality of the addressee information data inputted by the input unit in a group, a retrieval unit for retrieving one of plural groups stored in the data storage unit, a set unit for executing a retrieval process from the plural groups stored in the data storage unit using the retrieval unit based on the set addressee information data of the addressee after setting the addressee of the videophone communication to set the addressee corresponding to the addressee information data of the retrieved group as the addressee of the videophone communication, and a communication unit for executing the videophone communication based on the addressee information of the addressee of the videophone communication set by the set unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Mobile Communications Limited
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kan, Shintaro Suzuki, Hideyuki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 8560005
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal and text-to-speech method. The mobile communication terminal includes a display unit for displaying at least one object on a screen; a controller for identifying a depth of an activated object on the screen and finding a speech data set mapped to the identified depth; a speech synthesizer for converting textual contents of the activated object into audio wave data using the found speech data set; and an audio processor for outputting the audio wave data in speech sounds. As a result, textual contents of different objects are output in different voices so the user can easily distinguish one object from another object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yong Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 8515056
    Abstract: Provided is a portable terminal including a first housing, a second housing coupled to the first housing for sliding relative to the first housing while adjacent to the first housing, an antenna device disposed in the first housing, and a speaker module comprising at least one speaker unit and being one of exposed and concealed by the first housing based on the sliding position the second housing relative to the first housing, the speaker module being disposed in the second housing. The antenna device is disposed in a space between an inner face of the second housing and the speaker module, when the sliding position of second housing relative to the first housing is such that the second housing overlaps with the first housing. There is a space adjacent to the antenna device between the inner face of the second housing and the speaker module, when the speaker module is exposed by sliding the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kui-Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 8359068
    Abstract: A system for forming and transmitting a plurality of video images, at an image transmission rate of at least 1-3 images per sec, from a first cellphone to a second cellphone spaced apart from the first cellphone. A first cellphone user can choose to illuminate and transmit an image of the user or an image of a selected object distinct from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Maluf
  • Patent number: 8351992
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus (300) has a display (320) and a keypad (340) with a plurality of keys (342), the keys being distributed within a keypad area (341) in at least a first plane, and the keys being arranged for key-pressing user actuation transversally to the first plane so as to provide a first type of user input. The apparatus also has sensor means (430, 450, 348) positioned to sense navigating user actuation at the keypad area in or coincident with said first plane so as to provide a second type of user input, and a controller (301) configured to control a focus position (323) on the display (320) in response to user input of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Jacob Ström
  • Patent number: 8326343
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal and text-to-speech method. The mobile communication terminal includes a display unit for displaying at least one object on a screen; a controller for identifying a depth of an activated object on the screen and finding a speech data set mapped to the identified depth; a speech synthesizer for converting textual contents of the activated object into audio wave data using the found speech data set; and an audio processor for outputting the audio wave data in speech sounds. As a result, textual contents of different objects are output in different voices so the user can easily distinguish one object from another object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yong Seok Lee
  • Publication number: 20120201371
    Abstract: A communication device is provided, which includes a communication unit performing data communication, a communication device main body accommodating the communication unit, a handset that is electrically connected with the communication unit and configured to be used for voice communication, a first side cover forming a first side wall of the communication device main body in a predetermined width direction of the communication device main body, an upper cover that is disposed over the first side cover and configured with a higher stiffness than the first side cover, a holder that is attached to the first side cover and configured to hold the handset on an upper surface of the holder, and a load transmission unit transmitting, to the upper cover, a load applied upward from a lower surface of the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Xingjing CHEN, Yasunori WATANABE
  • Patent number: 7983413
    Abstract: An accessory for electronic equipment includes an interface for exchanging data between the accessory and the electronic equipment, and a voice over internet protocol (VOIP) circuit. The VoIP circuit is operatively configured to implement at least a portion of VoIP in the electronic equipment or the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Joakim Nelson
  • Patent number: 7831038
    Abstract: The present invention overcomes interface problems between proprietary handset ports on telephone base units and voice/data accessory products by allowing a user to automatically calibrate the telephone accessory product for an optimal interface match with the intended telephone base unit. This is accomplished through the use of a “Smart Interface Technology” (SIT) integrated chip set consisting of a full custom analog and semi-custom digital integrated circuit. The SIT incorporates three different methods for “learning” the characteristics of 4-wire port modular interfaces found in all telephone station sets. Basically, these methods determine the appropriate 4-wire terminal configurations, the transmit and receive channels of the intended telephone base unit, and adjust the channel sensitivities until an optimal and clear signal is provided for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hello Direct, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce W. Stelman
  • Patent number: 7804955
    Abstract: A device includes a front cover with a cutout, a rear cover connected to the front cover, and a substrate including a key pad provided within the front cover and the rear cover. The key pad is substantially aligned with the cutout of the front cover. The device also includes a key top provided adjacent to the key pad through the cutout of the front cover, and a flexible key plate provided over at least the cutout of the front cover and including an opening for receiving the key top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Stjepan Begic, William Haywood Tolbert
  • Patent number: 7747006
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a handset for providing telephonic communication, having a semi-translucent finish is provided. The handset generally includes a front cover with a display region, an input region and a back cover. The front cover may be formed of a transparent material, such as plastic and be covered by a semi-translucent vacuum metallized thin film. The handset includes an active mode wherein a display panel is illuminated and is visible through the thin film, and a standby mode wherein the display panel is not illuminated and not visible and, instead, the front cover appears as a continuous surface with a metallic finish. The handset also includes a base unit with an outer area that may change color to indicate the handset is properly positioned within the base unit. The base unit also includes electrical contacts to act as a charging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Catherine Sayim Kim, Kabir Siddiqui, Hok-Sum Horace Luke
  • Patent number: 7728209
    Abstract: A stringed instrument wireless communication device includes a wireless communication device housing including a front; graphical elements on the front corresponding to data to be input into the wireless communication device; and a stringed instrument keypad including a plurality of frets extending along the front of the wireless communication device housing and a plurality of strings extending substantially perpendicular to and above the plurality of frets. The graphical elements are respectively disposed on the front between frets and adjacent to the strings, and the stringed instrument keypad is configured to input data corresponding to a pressed string and a graphical element adjacent to the pressed string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Kyocera Wireless Corp
    Inventor: Thomas A. Arnold
  • Patent number: 7639795
    Abstract: A wireless communication device includes a first housing member, a second housing member, and a S hinge pivotally connecting the first housing member to the second housing member. In certain embodiments, the S hinge comprises a left tail connected at one end to a single location along a first edge of the first housing member, and a right tail connected at one end to a second end of the left tail. The right tail is further connected at a second end to a single location along a first edge of the second housing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi R. Otani, Eugene Chekal
  • Patent number: 7567667
    Abstract: An inmate telephone for use by inmates of a prison or a mental institution comprises a housing having an opening and a telephone body supported within the housing. The telephone body supports an earpiece and a mouthpiece. The telephone body may have an inmate-adjustable portion that extends out of the opening and is movable to an inmate-adjustable position. The telephone body may have a generally spherical shape that is rotatable to an inmate-adjustable position relative to the housing. A height-adjustment mechanism may mount the telephone body to a wall of the prison or the mental institution to an inmate-adjustable height relative to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Harlie D. Frost
  • Patent number: 7454014
    Abstract: The invention relates to casings (2) for portable communication devices (1). The casing (2) is reusable with engines having different processing capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Vertu Limited
    Inventor: Frank Nuovo
  • Patent number: 7433715
    Abstract: A mobile telecommunications system has a handset and a headset for connection to the handset. The handset includes an RF transceiver for transmitting an outgoing call and receiving an incoming call, and a processor coupled to the RF transceiver that provides audio signals on a first audio path to an audio transducer in the handset and on a second audio path for an audio transducer in the headsets. The headset and handset include respective button switches arranged that the operation has the effect both of initiating and/or accepting a call, and of routing audio signals to the respective first or second audio paths. Embodiments are described including a separate switch for toggling the audio paths, and automatic sensors for detecting use of the headset or handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Agere Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Robert Buckley, Nic Andrew Redshaw, Richard Peter Verney
  • Publication number: 20080118057
    Abstract: A hinge apparatus for connecting a first housing and a second housing of a portable terminal is provided. The hinge apparatus includes a hinge housing and a damping member. The hinge housing is connected to the second housing and has an internal wall formed with one or more guide grooves extending in a circumferential direction of the hinge housing. The damping member is rotatably received in the hinge housing and rotates as the second housing rotates. The damping member has one or more frictional projections. In a first section corresponding to the position where the second housing is folded onto the first housing, the frictional projections contact the internal wall of the hinge housing. Similarly, in another section corresponding to the position where the rotation of the second housing is stopped after rotating away from the first housing, the frictional projections also contact the internal wall of the hinge housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ki-Bok Son, Byung-Yeol Ko, Jong-Hwan Choi
  • Patent number: 7376397
    Abstract: A method of user-defined key setting in a portable electronic communication device. Corresponding relationships between keys and functions is recorded in a first mapping table and the portable electronic communication device executes the functions accordingly. When a user-defined key is to be set, a first key input and a function input are first received. The corresponding relationship between the first key input and the function input is then recorded in a second mapping table. The portable electronic communication device executes the functions according to the second mapping table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Benq Corporation
    Inventor: Hung-Chin Wang
  • Patent number: 7330547
    Abstract: A telephone comprises a first body part with a first keypad and a second keypad located on opposite sides of the first body part, and a second body part having a display. As the first body part is swiveled to bring the second keypad to the front of the phone the processing circuitry may switch over to only accept input from the keypad that has been brought up. This input is used to control the applications currently running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Calin Turcanu
  • Patent number: 7328050
    Abstract: A mobile communication device has a main body, a display unit, an input unit. The display unit is pivotally connected with the body unit by a joint, which is located on a rim of the display unit. The input unit has a lower input module and an upper input module. The lower input module is disposed on the main body. The upper input module is pivotally connected with the lower input module by a joint, located on a rim of both the upper input module and the lower input module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Yung-Fa Cheng, Hsiang-Lung Kao
  • Patent number: 7221914
    Abstract: A flip-cover mobile phone with cover-on talking capability. The phone has a plurality of buttons on the front surface of the phone but can be hidden away by the cover. The surface of the phone further includes a loudspeaker, a microphone, a communication on/off button and a touch-sensitive screen. Incoming calls can be received simply by pressing the communication on/off button so that talking is possible with the cover on. With the addition of a touch-sensitive screen, the phone may be operated without lifting the flip cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: TPO Displays Corp.
    Inventors: Shyuan-Jeng Ho, Ching-Tung Wang
  • Patent number: 7203309
    Abstract: A hand held mobile telephone (1) is disclosed comprising a front face (3) having a plurality of openings therein, and a plurality of keys (7–13) each having an upper surface bounded by side walls. Each key (7–13) protrudes from one of the plurality of openings to provide its upper surface for tactile actuation by a user. The telephone further comprises an underlying switching element and means for coupling the tactile actuation of the upper surface by a user to the switching element. One of said plurality of keys has a vertex, in the boundary of its upper surface, indicative of the location for tactile actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Vertu Limited
    Inventor: Frank Nuovo
  • Patent number: 7162209
    Abstract: This invention relates to an electronic device or foldable cellular phone set in which boards arranged in two casings bendably connected to each other through a connecting portion are electrically connected to each other by a wireless communication unit using infrared rays or the like. As the wireless communication unit, either an optical method using infrared rays or the like, or a radio wave method using a radio wave can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Ono
  • Patent number: 7136625
    Abstract: The present invention relates to acoustic properties of a terminal device of a telecommunication network. To improve the capability of the terminal device to maintain the sound quality good while the distance between the speaker and the ear changes, the enclosure of the terminal device is provided with means (71, 81) for conveying the acoustic waves generated backwards by the speaker (30) of the device inside the enclosure to a cavity-like antenna space (80) intended for the antenna of the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Flextronics ODM Luxembourg S.A., Luxembourg Zweigniederlassung Schweiz
    Inventors: Juha Ylitalo, Antti-Olli Kauppinen
  • Patent number: 6993322
    Abstract: A locking system and method automatically lock a mobile phone in a manner that significantly reduces or eliminates unauthorized use of a mobile phone. The system includes a key lock which must have a key connected to the lock in order to move the lock from a locked condition to an unlocked condition and a power source switch that automatically de-activates the mobile phone whenever a power source of the phone is removed from the phone. The key lock must be moved into an unlocked condition in order to manually activate the phone after it has been de-activated, and the key must also be connected to the lock in order to manually de-activate the phone after the phone has been activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventors: Philip Kirby, Wendy Kirby
  • Patent number: 6990321
    Abstract: A telephone system for providing a telephony feature includes a phone system controller and a first telephone system interface. The first telephone system interface is coupled between a first telephone handset and a telephone line. Moreover, the first telephone system interface is operable to selectively couple the first telephone handset to the telephone line. The first telephone system interface is also operable to establish a first wireless control channel to the phone system controller. The wireless control channel is operable to carry control signals associated with the telephony feature between the first telephone system interface and the phone system controller. The phone system controller is operable to (i) receive the first control signals via the wireless control channel, and (ii) process the first control signals to provide the telephony feature to the telephone handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel V. Peters
  • Patent number: 6978164
    Abstract: A personal massaging method and apparatus constructed from a wireless cellular telephone, preferably provisioned for extended ring/vibrate, having either an attachable/removable, fixed, or integral stimulator on a surface of the telephone. When the telephone is called, the wearer or user receives a desirable level of stimulation when the stimulators are applied to a sensitive portion of the user's body. A variety of shapes, sizes and materials may be used for the stimulators to provide a wide array of stimulation or massage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Frank Vicendese
  • Patent number: 6952872
    Abstract: The object of this invention is to provide an improved connection between a TTY keypad and an emergency call box. This is accomplished by lengthening and re-routing the multi-conductor ribbon cable that connects the TTY to the call box. Thus relieving the stress on the cable. This prevents the cable from cracking from fatigue and rendering the TTY box useless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Inventor: Arthur Garabedian
  • Patent number: 6941155
    Abstract: A portable telephone apparatus capable of avoiding a troublesome operation for responding to an incoming call is provided. The portable telephone apparatus having a flip-lid includes a radio circuit section for transmitting or receiving a signal to/from a radio base station, a radio control circuit section for controlling the radio circuit section, and a flip-lid state detecting circuit for detecting an opening/closing state of the flip-lid. The radio control circuit section changes a responding method to an incoming call when opening the flip-lid is determined by the flip-lid state detecting circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Arimura, Toshiyuki Sugitani
  • Patent number: 6914995
    Abstract: A portable multi-function device includes a housing and a cover. The housing includes an interior housing and an exterior housing connecting to each other. The interior housing has at least a hub having audio units. Recess parts are located on the upper side of the interior housing for placing the audio units. The exterior housing has a storage box. Terminal ends on side of the storage box connect correspondingly to each of the audio units for placing a data process device in the storage box. The cover is mounted on a side of the housing. A connector is installed at another side of the housing corresponding to the cover to lock and unlock the housing. The cover has holes corresponding to each of the recess parts on the upper side of the interior housing. Whereby, each of the audio units is portable and easy for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Chia-Hung Kao
  • Publication number: 20040224729
    Abstract: A wiring device is used in a folding portable device including a hinge unit permitting an upper unit to fold/unfold and/or to rotate with regard to a lower unit. The wiring device comprises a rotative direction wound portion having a first central axis corresponding to a rotating axis of the hinge. A folding/unfolding direction wound portion has a second central axis corresponding to a folding/unfolding axis of the hinge. A FPC fixing member fixes a FPC holding member holding a predetermined part of a FPC to the hinge. The rotative direction wound portion is wound with a first part of a flexible printed cable that is continuous with one end of the predetermined part. The folding/unfolding direction wound portion is wound with a second part of the flexible printed cable that is continuous with the other end of the predetermined part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Yosuke Watanabe, Masatomo Mizuta, Mitsuru Sendoda, Koji Matsunaga, Takeshi Komatsu
  • Publication number: 20040203484
    Abstract: A communication device with an extending hinged flip apparatus includes three interconnected movable housings. A base housing includes a user interface and most of the electronics of the device. A flip housing is coupled by a hinge assembly to the base housing. An extendable housing is configured to slideably engage the base housing. A latch mechanism mechanically coupling the flip housing to the extendable housing in a latched position. When the latched is released, the flip housing rotates out and the extendable housing extends to provide a device with a length that is effectively more than double the device length in the latched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2002
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Michael L. Charlier, Thomas E. Gitzinger, Paul R. Steuer
  • Publication number: 20040203519
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having three parts rotatably interconnected by hinges. The terminal can be a mobile telephone having an operative position where a microphone and a loudspeaker are positioned for conversation. When not in operation, the terminal may be positioned around a user's wrist in a safe manner. Removing the terminal from the wrist requires operation of a release means or the overcoming of a predetermined force, which is a safety measure of the hinges and the terminal. The hinges provide a combination of snap or automatic rotation and freely selective rotational positions of the parts of the terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Morten Pontoppidan, Giovanni Ferranti, Ricky Barnett
  • Patent number: 6801796
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided with a body having a screen, a first panel fixed to the screen, and a second panel which mounted on said body for pivotable motion relative to said first panel. The second panel is either open or closed depending on the selected function of the device. A sensor generates a signal indicating the position of the second panel. Soft keys are provided which have alternative functions depending on the position of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrea Finke-Anlauff
  • Patent number: 6788919
    Abstract: A cellular phone including a cosmetics container can be contained without becoming complicated or being bulky inside of the handbag, and it can take out from a handbag etc. easily and can be used when the phone receives a message. In addition, it can prevent forgetting a cellular phone and cosmetics efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Masahiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6731912
    Abstract: A portable telephone formed of an integral casing including a speech reception portion provided in proximity to one end portion of the casing, and a speech transmission portion provided in proximity to the other end portion of the casing, the speech transmission portion including a movable portion having a unidirectional microphone therein which portion is disposed to have an angle adjustable with respect to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Toshikazu Miyashita
  • Patent number: 6642462
    Abstract: In electronic equipment which includes a casing, a lid body which is rotatably supported on the casing, a hinge member which is formed by mounting a frame body on one of the lid body and the casing and by making a shaft body projected from the frame body rotatably support the other of the lid body and the casing, and a switch which detects rotation of the lid body, the switch is formed of an individual rotary switch which accommodates a rotary manipulation body having a hollow shaft hollow hole, a movable contact which is integrally rotated with the rotary manipulation body and a stationary contact which is brought into slide contact with the movable contact inside a housing, wherein the shaft body of the hinge member is inserted into the hollow shaft hole of the rotary manipulation body, and the rotation of the lid body is detected in response to the slide contact between the movable contact and the stationary contact which is generated along with rotation of the shaft body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Ninomiya, Hiroki Oba, Takayuki Itabashi, Tatsuaki Kawase
  • Patent number: 6625010
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a tower network apparatus including a base, user interface port and power port, which are featured by placing the computer bridge port of the user interface port and power port on the bottom of the base. By connecting the computer bridging cable and power cord to the computer bridge port and power port on the bottom of the base, the gravity center of the tower network apparatus can be lowered and thus uneasy to tumble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Accton Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Sheng-Chung Chen, Tai-Tung Lien
  • Patent number: 6594472
    Abstract: An electronic radiotelephone comprising a first housing, a second housing, and an inner housing having retaining means for retaining to the inner housing the electronic components of the radiotelephone; and first releasable attaching means for releasable attaching the first housing to the inner housing, wherein the first housing, when attached to the inner housing, is presented towards a user during operation of the radiotelephone; and second releasably attaching means for releasable attaching the second housing to the inner housing, wherein the second housing, when attached to the inner housing, faces away from the user during operation of the radiotelephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd.
    Inventors: Alastair Curtis, Bent Ole Poulsen, Michael McKay, Morten Pontoppidan, Claus Nicolaisen, Gert Plenge, Jakob Kristensen, Anne Primdahl, Jesper Andersen, Allan Moeller Kristensen
  • Patent number: 6469891
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus which provides a part of an additional interface in the power module and makes connection to an external device through the power module. The body of the apparatus is made to be lightweight and miniaturized. If installation of another interface is necessary, this can be realized by changing the power module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Isao Takita, Naoko Iwami, Yoshiaki Eguchi, Shin'ichi Sawamura
  • Patent number: 6442032
    Abstract: An apparatus and system is provided for coupling an ethernet switch to communication link(s) in a communication network without requiring the disconnection and reconnection of the communication link(s). A module is configured to accommodate components of an ethernet switch, and can be modularly introduced into a communication rack and quickly engaged with rack-mounted mating connectors which are coupled to the communication link(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Alcatel, societe anonyme
    Inventors: Ignacio A. Linares, James C. McKinley, Teck Q. Chin, Dennis J. Harkin
  • Patent number: 6408068
    Abstract: An electronic system such as a modular telephone which includes one or more module slots used to add features. The module slots are configured to receive modules adding the software and hardware necessary to provide the desired features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Kool! Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent W. Larson, Debra Lea Enfield, Bradley J. Koehler
  • Patent number: 6389297
    Abstract: The invention relates to a radiocommunications terminal comprising a housing having a front face, a back face, and a base, the terminal further comprising a microphone and an earpiece mounted inside the housing, and being provided with at least one input opening constituting an input interface with the microphone, and at least one output opening constituting an output interface with the earpiece, the input opening being on said back face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Luc Attimont, Jannick Bodin
  • Patent number: 6292980
    Abstract: There is disclosed a hinge mechanism for use in a portable phone having a phone body and a cover, the hinge mechanism configured to mechanically couple the cover to the phone body. The hinge mechanism includes at least one hinge module mounted to the phone body and configured to hinge the cover with respect to the phone body for opening and closing the cover. The hinge module includes a hinge housing having a bottom wall and a pair of opposite lateral end walls spaced from each other, one of the lateral walls having a hole. The hinge housing also has a pair of opposite longitudinal end walls spaced from each other. A hinge shaft is mounted in the housing and has a mountain-shaped portion provided with a pair of opposite cam surfaces at one longitudinal portion thereof and a shaft portion at the other longitudinal portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltc.
    Inventors: Young-Jin Yi, Young-Bae Ji, Cheon-Gyun Oh
  • Patent number: 6240277
    Abstract: A fixed cellular system including a telephone unit, interface and a fixed cellular terminal is disclosed. A telephone unit enables the generation of a sequence of digits in response to a user input. The sequence of digits are forwarded to a system interface wherein a send command is attached to each digit generated by the telephone unit. The digits with attached send commands are forwarded to a fixed cellular terminal responsive to the send commands such that receipt of a send command delays initiation of calls to destinations associated with the sequence of digits for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventor: Randy Bright
  • Patent number: RE44260
    Abstract: A telephone comprises a first body part with a first keypad and a second keypad located on opposite sides of the first body part, and a second body part having a display. As the first body part is swiveled to bring the second keypad to the front of the phone the processing circuitry may switch over to only accept input from the keypad that has been brought up. This input is used to control the applications currently running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Mobilemedia Ideas LLC
    Inventor: Calin Turcanu