(12) United States Patent
Curran et al.
(io) Patent No.: (45) Date of Patent:
US 7,542,283 Bl Jun. 2, 2009
A housing unit for attaching a telephone switch cradle peripheral to an integrated display computer, and an integrated display computer with a telephone switch cradle peripheral attached thereto. Telephone switch cradle componentry is enclosed in a peripheral housing unit that is attached to a side of the computer. The housing unit comprises an end cap, shroud, and holster for holding telephone switch cradle componentry. The housing unit accepts a handset. In addition to accessing information using the computer's touch screen, users may use the handset to interact with the computer or with a person who can provide the user with additional information of interest. Additional information requested via the handset may be accessible using the computer's touch screen or the handset. A single network connection at the computer supports data and voice communications so that information from remote sources and software operational at the computer distinguishes voice and data communications.
18 Claims, 17 Drawing Sheets