Highly portable media devices

Highly portable media devices
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Zorkendorfer et al.
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(45) Date of Patent:
HIGHLY PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICES
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(75) Inventors. Rico Zorkendorfer, San Franclsco, CA
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Primary Examiner * Xu Mei
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ABSTRACT
An improved portable media device and methods for operat
ing a media device are disclosed.
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HIGHLY PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICES
With a front surface and a back surface. The portable media
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
player also includes a memory disposed Within the housing.
The memory is con?gured to store a plurality of digital media
assets and data ?les. The portable media player additionally
includes a media control input arrangement located at the
This application takes priority under 35 USC 119(e) of
US. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/844,128, ?led
Sep. 11, 2006 and entitled, “HIGHLY PORTABLE MEDIA
DEVICES” that is incorporated by reference in its entirety.
front surface of the housing. The media control input arrange
ment enables a user of the portable media player to select at
least one of the digital media assets to be presented. The
portable media player further includes an integrated attach
ment mechanism located at the back surface of the housing.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The portable media player is Wearable through the use of the
attachment mechanism.
The invention relates, in another embodiment, to a portable
media player that does not have a display. The portable media
player includes a housing With a front surface and a back
surface. The back surface includes no I/O components. The
portable media player also includes a non volatile memory
disposed Within the housing. The non volatile memory is
con?gured to store a plurality of digital media assets and data
1. Description of the Related Art
The present invention relates to media devices and, more
speci?cally, to portable media players that store and utilize
digital media assets.
2. Field of the Invention
Today, USB drives, also referred to as Flash drives or
keychain drives, are popular portable data storage devices. A
USB drive can be used inplace of other storage mediums such
as ?oppy disks, CDs, DVDs, Zip drive disks, etc. In most
20
?les. The portable media player further includes a single
media control input arrangement located at the front surface
of the housing. The media control input arrangement enables
a user of the portable media player to control various aspects
25
tionally includes a controller operatively coupled to the
memory and the media player input arrangement. The con
cases, the USB drive is a plug and play device that includes
Flash memory for storing data and a USB connector for
connecting to a host device. While these devices Work Well,
they are limited in the operations that they can perform. These
devices are only con?gured for storing and transporting
stored data (similar to other portable storage mediums) and
therefore they do not include processing components, batter
of the portable media player. The portable media player addi
troller operates to play the selected at least one media asset.
ies for poWering the processing components, or a user inter
face that enable users to communicate With the processing
components.
Portable media players, also referred to as MP3 players, are
The invention relates, in another embodiment, to a portable
30
also popular today. Portable media players can be grouped
grated connector port is the only portal for distributing data,
into three different categories: those With removable media
storage, such as CD or DVD players; those With internal hard
drives; and those that store media in non-volatile memory.
Each category of portable media player has advantages and
draWbacks in terms of siZe, functionality, battery life, and
media storage capabilities.
35
and a plurality of digital media assets. The data ?les and a
Those portable media players that store media in non
40
smaller than other types of portable media players. One prob
assets therefrom. The media module presents the media assets
to a user of the portable electronic device through the single
player controls. Although conventional Flash media players
45
display adds to the siZe, Weight andpoWer consumption. Even
friendly.
50
system. The docking system includes a portable media player.
The portable media player includes a housing having a front
55
display.
As portable media players have become more popular,
there has been an increased demand for improved media
player design. Thus, there remains a need for media players
having improveduser controls, small siZes, and longerbattery
through the single integrated connector port.
The invention relates, in another embodiment, to a docking
players is bulky batteries, Which are typically required to
provide a reasonably long battery life before having to
recharge the player or replace the player’s batteries. Conven
tionally, media player designs have been made larger in order
to accommodate improved user controls, batteries, and/or a
integrated connector port. Moreover, the portable media
player includes a poWer module disposed Within the housing
and con?gured to control poWer operations of the portable
media player for the purpose of poWering or charging the
portable media player. The poWer module receives poWer
With a display, the media player controls are often not user
Another common problem With conventional Flash media
additionally includes a media module disposed Within the
housing and con?gured to provide media operations on the
portable media player. The media module cooperates With the
non volatile electronic memory device to retrieve media
lem common to many conventional Flash media players is
that their small siZe often results in di?icult-to-use media
typically incorporate a display so that a user can navigate
through the media ?les that are stored on the device, the
poWer and media to and from the portable media player. The
portable media player further includes a memory module
disposed Within the housing and con?gured to store data ?les
plurality of digital media assets being transferred through the
single integrated connector port. The portable media player
volatile memory are commonly referred to as Flash MP3
players or Flash media players. Flash media players are often
media player. The portable media player includes a housing.
The portable media player also includes a single integrated
connector port extending into the housing. The single inte
60
life.
surface, side surfaces, and a back surface; a single media
control input arrangement located at the front surface of the
housing; a single integrated connector port located at a side
surface of the housing and an integrated clip mounted at the
back surface of the housing; and the clip including a platform
that is spaced apart from the back surface thereby creating a
void therebetWeen. The docking system also includes a dock
ing station. The docking station includes a base With a slot
partially recessed Within the top surface of the base. The
recess is con?gured to receive an end of the portable media
SUMMARY OF THE DESCRIBED
EMBODIMENTS
player that includes the single integrated connector port. The
The invention relates, in one embodiment, to a portable
inner peripheral surface of the recess is siZed and dimen
sioned to receive the outer peripheral surface of the portable
media player. The portable media player includes a housing
media player including the front surface of the housing and
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the outer surface of the platform. The docking station also
includes a single integrated connector plug that engages the
FIG. 1 is a diagram of a portable media device according to
one embodiment of the invention.
single integrated connector port When the portable media
player is placed in the recess of the docking station. The
interface betWeen the connector port and the connector plug is
con?gured for distributing data, poWer and media.
The invention relates, in another embodiment, to a portable
electronic device capable of operating as a removable storage
medium When connected to a host computing device, and
capable of operating as a media player When disconnected
from the host computing device. The portable electronic
device includes a housing With a front surface, ?rst side
surface, second side surface and a back surface. The portable
electronic device also includes a non volatile memory dis
posed Within the housing. The memory is con?gured to store
a plurality of digital audio assets and data ?les. The portable
electronic device further includes a rechargeable battery dis
posed Within the housing and con?gured to provide poWer to
the portable media player as necessary at least When discon
20
nected from a poWer source. The portable electronic device
additionally includes a single integrated media control input
arrangement located at the front surface of the housing. The
media control arrangement is embodied as a clickable button
actuator including a plurality of integrated outer buttons pro
a user’s hand.
25
vided in a circular arrangement around a center button. The
center button initiating play/pause. The outer buttons includ
FIG. 14 is a diagram of a single integrated connector
according to one embodiment.
FIG. 15 is a diagram of a hinge mechanism according to
30 one embodiment.
FIG. 16A is a perspective diagram of a docking station
according to one embodiment.
FIG. 16B shoWs the media device plugged into a docking
arrangement is con?gured to at least select a media play
mode. The play mode is one of a continuous play mode and a
shuf?e play mode. The portable electronic device also
includes a single integrated connector located at the second
FIG. 13 is a diagram of a control input device according to
one embodiment.
ing buttons for initiating skip to previous media asset, skip to
next media asset, volume up and volume doWn.
Moreover, the portable electronic device includes a sWitch
arrangement located at the ?rst side surface. The sWitch
FIG. 2 is a perspective diagram of a portable media device
according to one embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 3 is a perspective diagram of a portable media device
according to one embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 4 is a perspective diagram of a portable media device
according to one embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 5 is a perspective diagram of a portable media device
according to one embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 6 is a front diagram of a portable media device shoWn
in FIGS. 4 and 5.
FIG. 7 is a rear diagram of a portable media device shoWn
in FIGS. 4 and 5.
FIG. 8 is a ?rst side diagram of a portable media device
shoWn in FIGS. 4 and 5.
FIG. 9 is a second side diagram of a portable media device
shoWn in FIGS. 4 and 5.
FIG. 10 is a third side diagram of a portable media device
shoWn in FIGS. 4 and 5.
FIG. 11 is a fourth side diagram of a portable media device
shoWn in FIGS. 4 and 5.
FIGS. 12A and 12B illustrate a media device seated Within
station, Which is connected to a laptop computer according to
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side surface. The single integrated connector includes capa
bilities for transferring digital media assets and data ?les
betWeen the portable media player and a host, transmitting
FIGS. 17A and 17B shoW tWo examples of media output
devices that can be plugged into a media device according to
one embodiment.
includes a controller operatively coupled to the memory,
FIG. 18 is a perspective diagram of a portable media device
according to an alternate embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 19 is a perspective diagram of a portable media device
according to an alternate embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 20 is a block diagram of a media device according to
one embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 21 is a block diagram of a media management system
according to one embodiment of the invention.
media player input arrangement, sWitch arrangement, con
nector and indicators, the controller operating to play the
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
poWer to the portable media player from a poWer source, and
outputting digital audio assets for listening enjoyment. The
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portable electronic device further includes one or more indi
cators located on the side surfaces of the housing. The indi
cators provide user feedback or status information for the
portable media player. The portable media player not includ
ing a display. The portable electronic device additionally
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selected at least one media asset. The portable electronic
device also includes a clip integrated With the housing and
located at the back surface of the housing, the portable media
player being Wearable through the use of the clip. The clip
includes a platform having substantially the same pro?le as
the back surface of the housing. The clip includes a platform
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attached to the back surface and moving betWeen an open
position Where an article of clothing can be positioned for
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ticularly suitable for use With portable media players.
One aspect of the invention pertains to compact portable
media devices that include non volatile memory such as ?ash.
entrapment, and closed position Where the article of clothing
is trapped betWeen the platform and the back surface of the
housing thereby securing the portable media player to the
article of clothing.
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
The invention Will be readily understood by the folloWing
detailed description in conjunction With the accompanying
draWings, Wherein like reference numerals designate like
structural elements, and in Which:
In general, the invention relates to a media device and
methods for operating a media device. The invention is par
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The media device may for example have a base volume less
than or equal to 15,000 mm3, base dimensions less than or
equal to 50 mm><30 mm><10 mm, and a base Weight less than
or equal to 20 grams. More particularly, the media device may
have a base volume less than or equal to about 8230 mm3,
base dimensions less than or equal to 41.2 mm><27.3 mm><6
mm, and a base Weight less than or equal to 16 grams. The
overall siZed may vary according to add-ons or additional
features such as attachment mechanisms. Because of their
decreased siZe and Weight, the portable media devices are
extremely portable and easily transportable. Thus, they may
be carried by people When performing physical activities such
as Walking, running, cycling, stair climbing, etc. In some
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