US 20050059351 A1
A mobile wireless communication device, and methods therefore, including producing a temporary user-configurable sensory output (620) of the mobile wireless communication device upon the occurrence of some event on the mobile wireless communication device, for example, upon entry into a wireless communication service area. In some embodiments, the user-configurable sensory output terminates (630) after a specified time period.
1. A method in a mobile wireless communication device, comprising:
undergoing a change in reception of a radio signal from a source other than a communications service provider;
producing a user-configurable sensory output of the mobile wireless communication device upon the change in reception of the radio signal from the source other than a communications service provider.
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5. A method in a mobile wireless communication device, comprising:
receiving a communication signal upon entering a communication service area;
producing a temporary user-configurable sensory output at the mobile wireless communication device upon receiving the communication signal,
the temporary user-configurable sensory output indicating that the mobile wireless communication device has entered the communication service area.
6. The method of
receiving the communication signal upon entering the communication service area includes receiving a second communication signal upon entering a second communication service area while in a first service area, the first and second service areas overlapping,
producing the temporary user-configurable sensory output upon receiving the second communication signal in the second service area.
7. A method in a mobile cellular communication device capable of receiving non-cellular signals, comprising:
receiving a non-cellular communication signal;
producing a temporary user-configurable sensory output at the mobile cellular communication device upon receiving the non-cellular communication signal,
the temporary user-configurable sensory output indicating that the mobile cellular communication device has entered a non-cellular service area.
8. The method of
receiving a non-cellular communication signal while the mobile cellular communication device is in a cellular communication service area.
9. The method of
receiving the non-cellular communication signal includes receiving a signal from a local area network.
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This patent application is a divisional application of commonly assigned and co-pending U.S. application Ser. No. 10/233,212 filed on 30 Aug. 2002, the contents of which are incorporated herein by reference and from which benefits under 35 U.S.C. 120 are claimed.
The present inventions relate generally to mobile wireless communications devices, and more particularly to user enriching events in wireless communications devices, for example in cellular communications handsets, and methods therefor.
As consumers in the competitive wireless cellular communications handset market become more sophisticated, the successful marketing of cellular handsets depends upon the ability of manufacturers and network providers to offer more than basic features. Cellular handsets are now viewed by many consumers as apparel items integrated as a part of the individual being. Consumers also increasingly desire the ability to customize and personalize their handsets as a form of self-expression to reflect changes in mood or psychological disposition, to differentiate from others, to associate with peers, etc.
It is known to generate audio sounds upon the occurrence of specified events on cellular telephone handsets. The Motorola Timeport 280, for example, produces a sound when a charger cable is connected thereto. However, the user has no control over this audible signal. The Motorola V60 cellular handset enables the association of different user specified audio alerts with different incoming communications including calls and e-mail.
The various aspects, features and advantages of the present disclosure will become more fully apparent to those having ordinary skill in the art upon careful consideration of the following Detailed Description with the accompanying drawings described below.
In other embodiments, the housing may have a portion that rotates, for example, a blade that rotates to cover and expose a user interface. The blade position may be detected by a switch or by a rotary encoder, or by some other position detecting device. Other handset housings include sliding housing covers or portions, the position of which may also be detected by a sensor or switch.
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The event selected at block 520 may be the mechanical actuation of a portion of the device, examples of which are discussed above, including the rotation or translation of a cover portion, or the depression of one or more input keys, the extension or retraction of a whip antenna, the opening or removal of a compartment, for example, a battery compartment cover or a face place, or the actuation of some other mechanical portion of the device. In another embodiment, the user may select, or re-map, one or more sensory outputs associated with the depression of each input key.
In one embodiment, the user-configurable sensory output is an audio output, for example, a melodic sound, or an audio message, or some other sound clip. In some embodiments, the sound produced is related to the action performed, for example, a “Creeeeeak” sound may be produced as the cover pivots open, or a “Zzzzzzzip” sound may be produced as an antenna whip is withdrawn or retracted.
In other embodiments, the user-configurable sensory output is a tactile sensation, which may be in the form of a buzz or it may be a more melodic or rhythmic tactile sensation. In some embodiments, the tactile output is produced in concert with some other sensory output, for example, in synchronization with a melodic audio output.
The user-configurable sensory output may also be the production of some visual stimulation, for example, an image on the display. The visual image may be a still image or a dynamic video image, like a short video clip.
In other embodiments, the user-sensory output may be a thermal output, for example, a change in temperature of the wireless device or a portion thereof, or an olfactory sensory output. Generally, one or more of the user-configurable sensory outputs may be produced in combination, either serially or in parallel, in response to actuating the mechanical portion of the wireless device.
In one embodiment at block 510 of
In another embodiment, the event specified at block 520 in
In the process flow diagram 600 of
In another embodiment, the event selected at block 520 in
In another embodiment, the mobile wireless communication device receives information from a communications service provider associated with the occurrence of an event that occurs on the mobile wireless communication device, whereby the occurrence of the event initiates the production of the sensory output on the wireless device. The temporary sensory output thus communicates information received from the communications service provider upon the occurrence of the event. In this embodiment, the service provider selects the sensory output and associates it with an event, for example, when the mobile wireless communication device transitions between power-off and power-on modes of operation, or some other event.
In one embodiment, the sensory output that communicates information received from the communications network is the displaying of visual information, for example, a still image or a short video clip. In some embodiments corresponding audio and/or tactile information, also received from the service provider, is produced in concert with the visual information. According to this embodiment, the sensory output is controlled by the network service provider upon the occurrence of the specified event, for example, to communicate important service related information to the user from the service provider or from third parties. The service provider may update the information by transmitting new information to the wireless device, for example, in a broadcast message or in a point-to-point message.
In another mode of operation, illustrated in the process flow diagram 700 of
At block 720, a user-configurable sensory output of the mobile wireless communication device is produced upon undergoing a change in reception of the radio signal from the source other than the communications service provider. The sensory output may be, for example, an audio signal alerting the user that the wireless device is receiving the signal or no longer receiving the signal. A block 730, the user-configurable sensory output is terminated after a specified time period.
While the present inventions and what are considered presently to be the best modes thereof have been described in a manner that establishes possession thereof by the inventors and that enables those of ordinary skill in the art to make and use the inventions, it will be understood and appreciated that there are many equivalents to the exemplary embodiments disclosed herein and that myriad modifications and variations may be made thereto without departing from the scope and spirit of the inventions, which are to be limited not by the exemplary embodiments but by the appended claims.