1* i4 )1
US007589629B2
(12) Ulllted States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
Tupman et a].
(54)
(75)
(45) Date of Patent:
EVENT RECORDER FOR PORTABLE MEDIA
5,583,993 A
DEVICE
5,608,698 A
5,616,876 A
Inventors: David Tupman, San Francisco, CA
(Us); Anthony Fadell, P0110121 Valley,
CA (Us)
5,617,386 A
5,670,985 A
.
US 7,589,629 B2
_
5,684,513 A
12/1996 Foster et a1.
3/1997 Yamanoi et a1.
4/1997 Cluts
4/1997 Choi
9/1997 Cappels, si. et a1.
11/1997 Decker
5,710,922 A
l/l998
(73) Asslgnee. Apple Inc., Cupertlno, CA (US)
5,712,949 A
M998 Kato et a1‘
(*)
Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
patent is extended or adjusted under 35
5 ’721’949 A
5’726’672 A
2/1998 Smith et a1‘
3/1998 Hernandez et 31'
U_S_C_ 154(1)) by 378 days_
5,739,451 A
4/1998 Winksy et a1.
5,740,143 A
4/1998 Suetorni
Notice:
.
Sep. 15, 2009
(21) Appl. NO.Z 11/680,580
(22) Filed:
(65)
(51)
Alley et a1.
5,760,588 A
6/1998 Bailey
5,778,374 A
7/1998 Dang et a1.
Feb. 28, 2007
Prior Publication Data
US 2008/0204218 A1
Aug. 28, 2008
(Continued)
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
Int‘ Cl‘
DE
G08B 1/08
43 34 773 Al
4/1994
(2006.01)
(52)
US. Cl. .......................... .. 340/539.11; 340/539.26;
(58)
Field of Classi?cation Search ............ .. 340/5391,
340/517
_
(Commued)
340/539.11, 539.26, 539.27, 539.28, 539.29,
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
340/500, 501, 517, 1041; 473/131, 212;
702/160
See application ?le for complete search history.
(56)
“Apple Announces iTunes 2,” Press Release, Apple Computer, Inc.,
Oct 23, 2001~
References Cited
(Continued)
Primary ExamineriVan T. Trieu
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
4,090,216
4,386,345
4,451,849
4,589,022
A
A
A
A
5/1978
5/1983
5/1984
5/1986
(74) Attorney, Agent, or FirmiBeyer LaW Group LLP
Constable
Narveson et a1.
Fuhrer
Prince et 31.
(57)
ABSTRACT
4,908,523 A
3/1990 Snowden et 31'
Operational parametric sensing and event recording capabili
4928307 A
5/1990 Lynn
ties are provided for portable electronic devices such as media
2?; égé :
5’293’494 A
5,406,305 A
5,559,945 A
5,566,337 A
gran lit 31'
players, cell phones, laptop computers, and the like that takes
3/ 1994 S232 st 31
‘V1995 Shimomum et a1‘
the can take the form of a standalone sensing unit or as an
lntegrated component of the portable electronlc devlce.
9/1996 Beaudet et a1.
10/1996 SZymanski et a1.
43 Claims, 8 Drawing Sheets
Sensor
// 100
Event log J»|:|
120
iecording device
2
Event data
I’\l 11B
I
- - ? -
- - ? -
Senslng | Sensing | | Sensing |
device | device I | device I
115
processor
102
|_ 116 | |_ 112 _|
I
T
1*
i
t
112
Wired data
D935?“
PM
iNireless
(J I’ interface
i.
Sensrégdele:’____ _____________ __}
y
5 RAM
ROM
5
:
106
: , Memory
104
L _________________ __L/
\\
i4 )1
f
[850 l’ 95
133°
Input/output
-
djq'ge
/
US 7,589,629 B2
Page2
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
5,803,786 A
5,815,225 A
5,822,288 A
9/1998 McCormick
9/1998 Nelson
10/1998 Shinada
5,835,721 A
5,835,732 A
5,838,969 A
11/1998 Donahue et a1.
11/1998 Kikinis et a1.
11/1998 Jacklin eta1~
5,864,868 A
5,867,163
5,870,710
5918303
5,920,728
5,923,757
5,952,992
6,006,274
6,009,237
6,011,585
6,018,705
6,041,023
6,052,654
6,108,426
6,122,340
6,158,019
6,161,944
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A
6,172,948 B1
6,179,432
6,185,163
6,191,939
6,208,044
6,216,131
6,217,183
6,248,946
6,295,541
6,298,314
6,332,175
6,336,365
6,336,727
6,341,316
6,357,147
6,377,530
6,452,610
6467924
6,493,652
l/1999 ContoiS
2/1999
2/1999
6/1999
7/1999
7/1999
9/1999
12/1999
12/1999
V2000
V2000
3/2000
4/2000
8/2000
9/2000
12/2000
12/2000
V2001 Keller et 91
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B2
B1
V2001
2/2001
2/2001
3/2001
4/2001
4/2001
6/2001
9/2001
10/2001
12/2001
1/2002
V2002
V2002
3/2002
4/2002
9/2002
10/2002
12/2002
6,536,139 B2
3/2003
4/2003
5/2003
7/2003
7/2003
8/2003
8/2003
8/2003
6,549,497
6,560,903
6,587,403
6,587,404
6,605,038
6,606,281
6,611,789
B2
B1
B1
B1
B1
B2
B1
6,617,963 B1
6,621,768
6,623,427
6,631,101
6,693,612
6,731,312
6,760,536
6,762,741
6,794,566
6,799,226
6,801,964
6,870,529
6,871,063
6,876,947
6,882,955
6,898,550
6,911,971
6,918,677
6,934,812
6,950,087
7,028,096
B1
B2
B1
B1
B2
B1
B2
B2
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B1
B2
B2
B1
B2
B1
Kurtenbach
OZaWa eta1~
Yamaura eta1~
Hallowellet al.
Hooker et a1.
H91Ins
Hawkins et al.
Hirabayashi er 91Anderson
Gaudetet a1~
Lakhansingh
Gander 9t 91
SIOIIZ
Barley eta1~
Squibb
Leman
7,062,225
7,084,856
7,084,921
7,092,946
7,124,125
7,143,241
7,146,437
B2
B2
B1
B2
B2
B2
B2
7,171,331 B2*
7,191,244
7,213,228
7,234,026
7,277,928
7,301,857
7,356,679
7,508,535
2001/0013983
2001/0037367
2001/0041021
2001/0042107
2002/0002413
2002/0013784
2002/0045961
2002/0046315
2002/0055934
2002/0090912 A1
7/2002
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
Barley er 91-
2003/0128192 A1
Miyamoto etal.
Barley
Keller et 91
Keller et 91T9119r et 91
Cowgill er 91Barley
2003/0133694
2003/0153213
2003/0156503
2003/0167318
2003/0176935
2003/0229490
2004/0001395
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
2004/0001396 A1
2004/0012556
2004/0055446
2004/0069122
2004/0076086
2004/0086120
2004/0094018
2004/0125522
2004/0165302
2004/0177063
2004/0198436
2004/0224638
2004/0267825
2005/0015254
2005/0053365
2005/0108754
2005/0111820
2005/0122315
2005/0123886
2005/0152294
2005/0160270
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
White
Huppi
()gawa
Bodnar
Cooket 31‘
Hull
Robbin etal.
1/2007 Vock et a1. ................ .. 702/160
3/2007
5/2007
6/2007
10/2007
11/2007
4/2008
3/2009
8/2001
11/2001
11/2001
11/2001
1/2002
1/2002
4/2002
4/2002
5/2002
2002/0116082
2002/0152045
2002/0156833
gun/0161865
2002/0173273
2002/0189426
2002/0189429
2002/0199043
2003/0037254
2003/0046434
2003/0050092
2003/0074457
2003/0076301
2003/0076306
2003/0079038
2003/0095096
2003/0097379
2003/0104g35
Keller et 91Mandigo
Chan eta1~
Matsumoto eta1~
Robbin
Amir er 91Weindorf
Pachet
Robbin etal
Mahdavi
DaviS
Schiffer
Barley‘?t a1~
Ohlenbusch et a1.
Blackadar etalSuzuki etal.
Shipman
Robbin etal.
Knox etal.
Lee
5/2006 Zadesky
6/2006
g/2006
g/2006
g/2006
10/2006
11/2006
12/2006
B2
B2
B2
B2
B2
B1
B2
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
Zhang etalBiCkforcl eta1~
Burnett
Viswanadhamet a1.
Liu eta1~
Shipman
DWek
Bodnaretal
Blackadar etalBirrelletal
Blackadaret a1.
Kim
K199aet a1~
Barley er 91BurrOWS
Reinhardt er 91Shipman
Ohlenbusch et a1.
9/2003 Watters et a1. ......... .. 340/1041
9/2003
9/2003
10/2003
2/2004
5/2004
7/2004
7/2004
9/2004
9/2004
10/2004
3/2005
3/2005
4/2005
4/2005
5/2005
6/2005
7/2005
8/2005
9/2005
4/2006
7,046,230 B2
8/2002
10/2002
10/2002
10/2002
11/2002
12/2002
12/2002
12/2002
2/2003
3/2003
3/2003
4/2003
4/2003
4/2003
4/2003
5/2003
5/2003
6/2003
7/2003
7/2003
8/2003
8/2003
9/2003
9/2003
12/2003
1/2004
Jennings et a1.
Putterman et a1.
Robbin etal.
Lennon
Shah et 31,
Le etal.
Hart et 31,
Izawa et a1.
lyei
Boyle etal.
Palm
Tokue
Swanson
Gibbs et a1.
Miller et a1.
Lipscomb etal.
Cannon et a1.
Gudorf
Dowling et a1.
Mauryaet a1.
Nguyen
Spurgatetal.
Hirade et a1.
Qian et a1.
Yin
Fischer etal.
Flanagin et a1.
Yun
Kluth
Tsuketal.
Zadesky
Robbin etal.
Robbin etal.
Ireton
Douhet
van Os
Yeo
Siddiqui et a1.
Schilling etal.
Robbin etal.
Lian etal.
Etter
Keller et a1.
1/2004 Keller et a1‘
1/2004
3/2004
4/2004
4/2004
5/2004
5/2004
7/2004
8/2004
9/2004
10/2004
11/2004
12/2004
1/2005
3/2005
5/2005
5/2005
6/2005
6/2005
7/2005
7/2005
Yong et a1.
Robbin etal.
Wilson
Keller et a1.
Akins, 111 et a1.
Ueshima et a1.
Chiu et a1.
Lu
Weber etal.
Alden
Fadell et a1.
Novak et a1.
Beaman
Adams et 31,
Carhart et a1.
Matsumi et a1.
Chalket a1.
Hua et a1.
Yu etal.
Goldberg etal.
US 7,589,629 B2
Page 3
2005/0166153
2005/0245839
2005/0248555
2005/0259524
2006/0013414
2006/0068760
2006/0088228
2006/0098320
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
7/2005
11/2005
11/2005
11/2005
1/2006
3/2006
4/2006
5/2006
Eytchison et al.
Stivoric et al.
Feng et al.
Yeh
Shih
Hameed et al.
Marriott et al.
Koga et al.
W0
W0
W0
W0
W0
W0
WO
W0
WO 01/65413
WO 01/67753
WO 02/25610
W0 03/023786
W0 03/036457
W0 03/067202
2004/061850 A1
WO 2004/055637
9/2001
9/2001
3/2002
3/2003
5/2003
8/2003
7/2004
7/2004
2006/0135883 A1*
6/2006 Jonsson et al. ............ .. 600/546
WO
WO2004/084413 A2
2006/01523 82 A1
2006/0155914 A1
7/2006 Hiltunen
7/2006 Jobs et al.
W0
W0
WO 2004/104815
WO 2005/031737
2006/0170535 A1*
8/2006 Watters et al. ......... .. 340/10.41
WO
2005/048644
5/2005
W0
WO
W0
WO
WO 2005/008505
2005/109781
WO 2006/040737
2006/071364
7/2005
11/2005
4/2006
6/2006
2006/0190577
2006/0221788
2006/0265503
2006/0272483
2007/0028009
2007/0124679
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
A1
8/2006
10/2006
11/2006
12/2006
2/2007
5/2007
Yamada
Lindahl et al.
Jones et al.
Honeywell
Robbin et al.
Jeong et al.
2007/0135225 A1*
6/2007 Nieminen et al. ......... .. 473/212
2007/ 0255163 A1 *
1 1/ 2007 Prineppi ................... .. 600/ 549
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
DE
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
EP
GB
GB
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
JP
KR
W0
WO
W0
W0
W0
44 45 023 A1
0 127 139
0578604
0 757 437
0 813 138
0 863 469
0 917 077
0 982 732
1 028 425
1028426 A2
1 076 302
1 213 643
1 289 197
1 503 363
1536612
1 566 743
1566948
1 372 133
1 686 496
2 370 208
2384399
59-023610
03-228490
04-243386
6-96520
8-235774
9-50676
9-259532
2000-90651
2000-224099
2000-285643
2000-299834
2000-311352
2000-339864
2001-236286
2001-312338
2002-076977
2002-175467
2003-188792
2003-259333
2003-319365
2004-021720
2004-219731
2004-220420
20010076508
WO 95/16950
98/17032
WO 99/28813
WO 00/22820
WO 01/33569
6/1996
5/1984
1/1994
2/1997
12/1997
9/1998
5/1999
3/2000
8/2000
8/2000
2/2001
6/2002
3/2003
2/2005
6/2005
8/2005
8/2005
12/2005
8/2006
6/2002
7/2003
2/1984
10/1991
8/1992
4/1994
9/1996
2/1997
10/1997
3/2000
8/2000
10/2000
10/2000
11/2000
12/2000
8/2001
11/2001
3/2002
6/2002
7/2003
9/2003
11/2003
1/2004
8/2004
8/2004
8/2001
6/1995
4/1998
6/1999
4/2000
5/2001
9/2004
12/2004
4/2005
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
“Apple Introduces iTunes / World’s Best and Easiest To Use Jukebox
Software,” Macworld Expo, San Francisco, Jan. 9, 2001.
“Apple’s iPod Available in Stores Tomorrow,” Press Release, Apple
Computer, Inc., Nov. 9, 2001.
“Nomad Jukebox,” User Guide, Creative Technology Ltd., Version 1,
Aug. 2000.
“SoundJam MP Plus Manual, version 2.0” / MP3 Player and Encoder
for Macintosh by Jeffrey Robbin, Bill Kincaid and Dave Heller,
manual by Tom Negrino, published by Casady & Greene, Inc., 2000.
“12.1“ 925 Candela Mobile PC”, downloaded from LCDHardware.
com on Dec. 19, 2002, http://www.lcdharware.com/pane1/
12i1ipanel/defaultasp.
“BL82 Series Backlit Keyboards”, www.tg3electronics.com/prod
ucts/backlit/backlit.htm, downloaded Dec. 19, 2002.
“Bluetooth PC HeadsetsiEnjoy Wireless VoIP Conversations:
‘Connecting’ Your Bluetooth Headset With Your Computer”,
Bluetooth PC Headsets; downloaded on Apr. 29,2006 from http://
www.bluetoothpcheadsets.com/connect.htm.
“Creative MuVo TX 256 MB,” T3 Magazine, Aug. 17, 2004, http://
www.t3 .co .uk/reviews/ entertainment/mp3 ipl ayer/
creativeimuvoitxi256mb [downloaded Jun. 6, 2006].
“Digital Still CamerasiDownloading Images to a Computer,” Mimi
Chakarova et al., Multi/Media Reporting and Convergence, 2 pgs.,
May 9, 2005.
“Eluminx Illuminated Keyboard”, downloaded Dec. 19, 2002, http://
www.elumix.com/.
“How to Pair a Bluetooth Headset & Cell Phone”, About.com; down
loaded on Apr. 29, 2006 from http://mobileof?ce.about.com/od/
usingyourphone/ht/blueheadsetip.htm.
“Peripherals for Industrial Keyboards & Pointing Devices”, Stealth
Computer Corporation, downloaded on Dec. 19, 2002, http://www.
stealthcomputer.com/peropheralsioemhtm.
“Poly/Optical Fiber Optic Membrane Switch Backlighting”, down
loaded
Dec.
19,
2002,
http://www.poly/optical.com/
membraneiswitcheshtml.
“Public Safety Technologies Tracer 2000 Computer”, downloaded
Dec. 19, 2002, http://www.pst911.com/traver.html.
“QuickTime Movie Playback Programming Guide”, Apple Com
puter, Inc., Aug. 11, 2005.
“QuickTime Overview”, Apple Computer, Inc., Aug. 11, 2005.
“Rocky Matrix Backlit Keyboard”, downloaded Dec. 19, 2002,
http://www.arnrel.com/asiimatrixkeyboardhtml.
“Sony Ericsson to introduce Auto pairing to improve Bluetooth con
nectivity between headsets andphones”, Sep. 28, 2005 Press Release,
Sony Ericsson Corporate; downloaded on Apr. 26, 2006 from http://
www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc:global&1c:en&ver:4001
&template:pc3ilil&z .
.
. .
“TAOS, Inc., Announces Industry’s First Ambient Light Sensor to
Convert Light Intensity to Digital Signals”, www.taosinc.com/
pressreleasei090902.htm, downloaded Jan. 23, 2003.
“Toughbook 28: Powerful, Rugged and Wireless”, Panasonic:
Toughbook Models, downloaded Dec. 19, 2002, http:www.
panasonic.com/computer/notebook/html/01ais8.htm.
US 7,589,629 B2
Page 4
“When it Comes to Selecting a Projection TV, Toshiba Makes Every
thing Perfectly Clear, Previews of New Releases”, www.bestbuy.
com/ HomeAudioVideo/ Special s/ To shibaTVFeatures . asp,
down
loaded Jan. 23, 2003.
“WhyBuy: Think Pad”, IBM ThinkPad Web Page Ease of Use, down
loaded on Dec. 19, 2002, http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/thinkpad/
Musicmatch, “Musicmatch and Xing Technology Introduce
Musicmatch Jukebox,” May 18, 1998, http://www.musicmatch.com/
info/company/press/releases/?year:1998&release:2.
Nonhoff/Arps, et al., “StraBenmusik Portable MP3/Spieler mit USB/
Anschluss,” CT MagaZin Fuer Computer Technik, Verlag HeinZ
Heise GMBH, Hannover DE, No. 25, Dec. 4, 2000.
International Search Report dated Nov. 24, 2006 in PCT Application
easeofusehtml.
512MB Waterproof MP3 Player with FM Radio & Built/in Pedom
No. PCT/US2005/046797.
eter, Oregon Scienti?c, downloaded on Jul. 31, 2006 from http://
Personal Jukebox (PJB), “Systems Research Center and PAAD,”
www2.oregonscienti?c.com/shop/product.asp?cid?l&scid:1 1
Compaq Computer Corp., Oct. 13, 2000, http://research.compaq.
&pid:581.
com/SRC/pjb/.
Adam C. Engst, “SoundJam Keeps on Jammin’,” Jun. 19, 2000,
Bociurkiw, Michael, “Product Guide: Vanessa MatZ,”, www.forbes.
com/asap/2000/1127/vmartZiprint.html, Nov. 27, 2000.
Peter Lewis, “Two New Ways to BuyYour Bits,” CNN Money, Dec.
31, 2003, pp. 1/4.
Sastry, Ravindra Wadali. “A Need for Speed: A New Speedometer for
Runners”, submitted to the Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technolo gy, May
28, 1999.
Sinitsyn, Alexander. “A Synchronization Framework for Personal
Mobile Servers,” Pervasice Computing and Communications Work
shops, 2004. Proceedings of the Second IEEE Annual Conference on,
Piscataway, NJ, USA, IEEE, Mar. 14, 2004, pp. 208/212.
SoundJam MP Plus, Representative Screens, published by Casady &
Compaq, “Personal Jukebox,” Jan. 24, 2001, http://research.compaq.
com/SRC/pj b/.
Greene, Inc., Salinas, CA, 2000.
Speci?cation Sheet, iTunes 2, Apple Computer, Inc., Oct. 31, 2001.
http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tbart:05988.
Alex Veiga, “AT&T Wireless Launching Music Service,” Yahoo!
Finance, Oct. 5, 2004, pp. 1/2.
Andrew Birrell, “Personal Jukebox (PJB),” Oct. 13, 2000, http:/
birrell . org/andrew/talks/pj b/overview.ppt.
Apple iPod Technical Speci?cations, iPod 20GB and 60GB Mac +
PC, downloaded from http://www.apple.com/ipod/color/specshtml
on Aug. 8, 2005.
Creative: “Creative NOMAD MuVo TX,” www.creative.com, Nov. 1,
Spiller, Karen. “Low/decibel earbuds keep noise at a reasonable
2004, http://web.archive.org/web/20041024175952/www.creative.
level”, The Telegraph Online, dated Aug. 13, 2006, http://www.
com/products/pfriendly.asp?product:9672 [downloaded Jun. 6,
2006].
nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date:20060813&Cate..
Creative: “Creative NOMAD MuVo,” www.creative.com, Nov. 1,
Downloaded Aug. 16, 2006.
Steinberg, “Sonicblue Rio Car,” Product Review, Dec. 12, 2000,
2004, http://web.archive.org/web/20041024075901/www.creative.
com/products/product.asp?categor§P213&subcategor}P215&prod
http://electronics.cnet.com/electronic s/0/6342420/ 1 304/40983 89.
htrnl.
uct:110 [downloaded Jun. 7, 2006].
Creative: “MP3 Player,” www.creative.com, Nov. 1, 2004, http://
Aug. 13, 2001, http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tbart:06521.
Travis Butler, “Archos Jukebox 6000 Challenges Nomad Jukebox,”
web.archive.org/web/20041024074823/www.creative.com/prod
Travis Butler, “Portable MP3: The Nomad Jukebox,” Jan. 8, 2001,
ucts/product.asp?category:213 &subcategory:216&product:49 83
[downloaded Jun. 7, 2006].
http://db.tidbits.com/getbits.acgi?tbart:06261.
De Herrera, Chris, “Microsoft ActiveSync 3.1,” Version 1.02, Oct.
13, 2000.
iAP Sports Lingo 0x09 ProtocolV1.00, May 1, 2006.
IEEE 1394iWikipedia, 1995, http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/
U.S. Appl. No. 11/621,541, “Personalized Podcasting Podmapping”
?led Jan. 9, 2007.
Waterproof Music Player with FM Radio and Pedometer User
Manual, Oregon Scienti?c, 2005.
Apple iTunes Smart Playlists, downloaded Apr. 5, 2005 from http://
Firewire.
web.archive.org/web/20031002011316/www.apple.com/itunes/
Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority dated Nov.
24, 2006 in PCT Application No. PCT/U52005/046797.
International Search Report dated Feb. 4, 2003 in corresponding
application No. PCT/US2002/033330.
International Search Report dated Jul. 10, 2007 in corresponding
application No. PCT/US2006/048738.
International Search Report dated Apr. 5, 2006 from corresponding
International Application No. PCT/U52005/038819.
smartplaylists.... pp. 1-2.
International Search Report dated Dec. 5, 2007 in PCT Application
International Search Report dated Jul. 2, 2007 in related case PCT/
US2006/048669.
International Search Report dated Jun. 19, 2007 in related Applica
tion PCT/US2006/048753.
International Search Report dated May 21, 2007 from corresponding
PCT Application No. PCT/US2006/048670.
International Search Report in corresponding European Application
No. 062562152 dated Feb. 20, 2007.
Invitation to Pay Additional Fees and Partial Search Report for
conesponding PCT Application No. PCT/U S2005/ 046797 dated Jul.
No. PCT/US2007/004810.
International Search Report in Patent Application No. PCT/US2006/
048738 dated Jan. 29, 2008.
International Search Report in Patent Application No. PCT/US2007/
077020 dated Jan. 28, 2008.
International Search Report in Patent Application No. PCT/US2007/
076889 dated Jan. 28, 2008.
iTunes, Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia; downloaded on Oct. 5,
2005, pp. 1-6.
NutZel et al., “Sharing Systems for Future HiFi Systems”, The Com
puter Society, Jun. 2004.
Partial Search Report dated Sep. 6, 2007 in PCT Application No.
PCT/US2007/004810.
Written Opinion dated Dec. 5, 2007 in PCT Application No. PCT/
US2007/004810.
Disclosure Bulletin, vol. 24, No. 2, Jul. 1981.
Written Opinion in Patent Application No. PCT/US2006/048738
dated Jan. 29, 2008.
Written Opinion in Patent Application No. PCT/US2007/076889
dated Jan. 28, 2008.
Written Opinion in Patent Application No. PCT/US2007/077020
dated Jan. 28, 2008.
Of?ce Action dated Feb. 1, 2008 in US. Appl. No. 11/327,544.
Hart-Daves, Guy. “How To Do Everything With Your iPod and iPod
Mini”, 2004, McGraw-Hill Professional, p. 33.
Of?ce Action dated Feb. 4, 2008 in US. Appl. No. 11/566,072.
“Creative liefert erstes Portable Media Center aus” [Online] Sep. 2,
2004, Retrieved from the internet on Sep. 20, 2007 from http://www.
Miniman, “Applian Software’s Replay Radio and Player v1.02,”
Product review, pocketnow.com, http://www.pocketnow.com/re
International Search Report dated Feb. 18, 2008 in Patent Application
views/replay/replay.htm, Jul. 31, 2001.
No. PCT/US2007/079766.
3, 2006.
iTunes 2, Playlist Related Help Screens, iTunes v2.0, Apple Com
puter, Inc., Oct. 23, 2001.
iTunes, Playlist Related Help Screens, iTunes v1.0, Apple Computer,
Inc., Jan. 2001.
Jabra Bluetooth Headset User Manual; GN Netcom N s, 2005.
Jabra Bluetooth Introduction; GN Netcom N S, Oct. 2004.
Jabra FreeSpeak BT200 User Manual; Jabra Corporation, 2002.
Kennedy, “Digital Data Storage Using Video Disc,” IBM Technical
golem.de/0409/33347.html>.
US 7,589,629 B2
Page 5
International Search Report Dated Sep. 27, 2007 in Application No.
058242967.
Of?ce Action dated Oct. 16, 2008 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/327,544.
Of?ce Action in Japanese Patent Application No. 2008-045351 dated
Of?ce Action dated Apr. 4, 2008 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/212,555.
Of?ce Action dated Feb. 20, 2008 in Japanese Application No. 2007
Of?ce Action in U.S. Patent Appl. No. 11/212,555 dated Aug. 14,
538196.
2008.
Of?ce Action dated Feb. 25, 2008 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/749,599.
Of?ce Action dated Mar. 4, 2008 from U.S. Appl. No. 10/973,657.
Partial International Search Report dated Feb. 1, 2008 in Patent
Application No. PCT/US2007/010630.
Written Opinion dated Feb. 18, 2008 in Patent Application No. PCT/
US2007/079766.
Search Report dated Mar. 20, 2008 in Patent Application No. PCT/
US2007/077789.
Written Opinion dated Mar. 20, 2008 in Patent Application No.
PCT/US2007/077789.
Invitation to Pay Additional Fees and Partial Search Report for PCT
Application No. PCT/US2007/077160 dated Apr. 1, 2008.
“Combination Belt Clip Leaf Spring and Housing Latch”, Wandt et
al., Motorola Technical Developments, Motorla Inc. Schaumburg,
IL. vol. 18, Mar. 1, 1993.
Noti?cation of Reason for Rejection from PCT Application No.
2003-539048 dated Nov. 27, 2007.
“Creative Zen Vision: M 30GB”, Dec. 21, 2005; downloaded on Jan.
Aug. 5, 2008.
Search Report dated May 15, 2008 in PCT Application No. PCT/
US2007/019578.
Written Opinion dated Jul. 7, 2008 in PCT Application No. PCT/
US2007/076793.
Written Opinion dated Jun. 10, 2008 in PCT Application No. PCT/
US2007/010630.
Written Opinion dated May 15, 2008 in PCT Application No. PCT/
US2007/019578.
Yee et al., “Faceted Metadata for Image Search and Browsing.”
Association For Computing Machinery, Conference Proceedings,
Apr. 5, 2003.
Notice of Allowance dated Apr. 21, 2009 in U.S. Appl. No.
1 1/327,544.
Of?ce Action in European Patent Application No. 05 855 368.6 dated
Nov. 20, 2008.
Of?ce Action dated Dec. 15, 2008 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/212,313.
Notice of Allowance dated Dec. 18, 2008 in U.S. Appl. No.
1 1/2 1 2, 55 5.
11, 2008 from http://web.archive.org/web/20051221050140/http://
International Search Report dated Oct. 10, 2008 in PCT Application
www.everthingusb.com/creativeizenivision:mi30gb.html>.
No. PCT/US2007/077160.
International Search Report dated Jul. 7, 2008 in PCT Application
Written Opinion dated Oct. 10, 2008 in PCT Application No. PCT/
No. PCT/US2007/076793.
No. PCT/US2007/010630.
US2007/077160.
Of?ce Action dated Jan. 26, 2009 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/373,468.
Of?ce Action dated Sep. 1, 2008 in EPApplication No.06 256 215 .2.
Kadir et al., “Adaptive Fast Playback-Based Video Skimming Using
Written Opinion dated Jan. 6, 2009 in Singapore Application No.
International Search Report dated Jun. 10, 2008 in PCT Application
a Compressed-Domain Visual Complexity Measure”, 2004 IEEE
0701865-8.
International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, pp. 2055-2058.
Of?ce Action dated Mar. 30, 2009 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/515,270.
Of?ce Action dated Apr. 9, 2009 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/583,199.
Of?ce Action dated Jun. 17, 2008 in U.S. Appl. No. 11/212,313.
Of?ce Action dated May 30, 2008 in Chinese Patent Application No.
028259386.
* cited by examiner
US. Patent
Sep. 15, 2009
Sheet 1 of8
US 7,589,629 B2
Sensor
/
100
Recording device
120
Event data
N
118
112
(Ni
8
_
_S_ T _ _S_ f _
processor
ensuing | ensing | | ensing |
device
116
102
| device I | device I
| 116 || 116 |
,
Wired data
Data bus
1
_ _ T _ _ _ ‘_ _
(V/V
port
Wireless
interface
Q
k’
114
Sensing data
S
\
\
v
/ / ,
|-————
—
—
— — —
—
—
—
— —- —
—
—
l
:
|
RAM
ROM
|
104
106
:
——-|
/
:
,1
: / Memory
I/
L ----------------- --l
Fig. 1
F//
:
Input/output
resources
device
103
110
US. Patent
Sep. 15, 2009
Sheet 2 of8
US 7,589,629 B2
Continuously variable
parameter value
Parameter value
Parameter threshold Pm
PArnax
,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,
PBrnax
Event A
Event B
2
US. Patent
Sep. 15, 2009
Sheet 3 of8
US 7,589,629 B2
Impact type events
PAmax
PBmax
—
_
—
_
—
_
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
_
—
_
—
_
—
_
“
_
_
_
_
_
_
—
—
—
_
_
_
—
—
—_
Parameter threshold
Parameter value
f
t5 - tA
M W W
tA
tB
Event A
Event B
time
Fig. 3
US. Patent
Sep. 15, 2009
Sheet 4 of8
US 7,589,629 B2
Media player
/40o
SPEAKERS
424
USER INPUT
422
C22?
DISPLAY
420
CPU
SENSOR
‘
402
I
A
Data bUS
Data
4/14
link
r
I
l-
_
_
_
_
|
|
I
_
_
_
_
_
CACHE
FILE SYSTEM
406
404
_
_
RAM
410
_
_
_
_
_
_l
l
|
_r
ROM
412
|
|_
I/“\
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
J
408
5/
US. Patent
Sep. 15, 2009
Sheet 5 of8
US 7,589,629 B2
instructions
Signal cable
Evaluation/x
Interface
/
512
Fault
analysis
summary
510
524
I
Fault summary
Dismay
520
506
.
__Q~
\
\ ‘~
Fault
Event data request
sumar
110
l/O
\
g‘
5'16
—>
Trouble code
Processor
504
,
Dfggay
+
Embedded fault
l
ana|ysis program
~‘
Sensor
_ u I ‘j
522
100
Device identifier
518
Processor
—l—l—j
102
Evaluation
program
508
Device identifier
518
l
—l—|-
< ------------------ --
Event data
Event data
122
122
122
77777777777777 2
Event data request
516
‘
\J
\ *2 \
l/O
'
"
Evaluation unit
502
Wireless
channel
514
410
“\
\
Media player
400
(
500
Fig. 5
US. Patent
Sep. 15,2009
US 7,589,629 B2
Sheet 6 0f 8
Configuring a
sensing device
l
Monitoring pre
determined physical
occurrence
Generating parameter
values based on
monitoring
Paramater value
reaches or exceeds
parameter value
threshold?
y
event has
occurred
Record event
data
Fig. 6
608
US. Patent
Sep. 15, 2009
Sheet 7 of8
US 7,589,629 B2
Retrieve stored
parameter
threshold values
T
702
\/
l
Compare stored parameter
threshold values with current 1704
parameter threshold values
l
Update those stored values
not matching current values 1706
Fig. 7
US. Patent
Sep. 15, 2009
Sheet 8 of8
US 7,589,629 B2
Establishing communication
link between portable
electronic device and an
evaluation program
i
Providing current operational
status of portable electronic
device to evaluation
program
806
Event data available?
Pass event data to
evaluation program
808
/\//
l
Analyze operational status
810
in view of event data
l
Issue operational status
evaluation summary report
Fig. 8
812
%
US 7,589,629 B2
1
2
EVENT RECORDER FOR PORTABLE MEDIA
DEVICE
As a portable electronic consumer product, one embodi
ment of the invention includes, at least: a sensing unit
arranged to monitor the consumer electronic product for at
FIELD OF INVENTION
least one physical occurrence expressed as a parameter hav
ing a parameter value; a processor coupled to the sensing unit
arranged to, at least, receive the parameter value from the
The present invention relates generally to portable elec
tronic devices. More particularly, the present invention
sensing unit and designate the physical occurrence as an event
when the parameter value reaches or exceeds a parameter
relates to sensing devices used to record events that affect the
operability of portable electronic devices.
threshold value; and a recording device coupled to the pro
cessor arranged to, at least, record event data corresponding
DESCRIPTION OF RELEVANT ART
to the event.
As computer program product executable by a processor
The small siZe and lightweight of many popular portable
electronic consumer products (media players, cell phones,
for recording an event in a portable electronic device, one
embodiment of the invention includes at least: computer code
for monitoring the portable electronic device for at least one
physical occurrence expressed as a parameter having a
laptops) make such products particularly susceptible to
events (e. g., dropping, immersion in water, exposure to tem
perature extremes, humidity, etc.) that can render them either
completely or partially inoperable. For example, a severe
shock or vibration can render display elements of a display on
a portable electronic device inoperative. Sometimes, as a
parameter value; computer code for designating the physical
occurrence as the event when the associated parameter value
reaches or exceeds a parameter threshold value; computer
20
result, a user may request that the manufacturer repair the
damaged device. Moreover, the user may also request that
such repairs be made free of charge if the user believes the
damage is a result of a product design defect or covered by a
manufacturer’s warranty.
code for recording event data corresponding to the event; and
computer readable medium for storing the computer code.
As a system, one embodiment of the invention includes at
least: a portable electronic consumer product, having a sens
ing unit arranged to monitor the consumer electronic product
25
for at least one physical occurrence expressed as a parameter
It is therefore important for the manufacturer to be able to
determine if the damage to the device was caused by product
having a parameter value; a processor coupled to the sensing
unit arranged to, at least, receive the parameter value from the
defect or by warranty voiding user actions. Such user actions
sensing unit and designate the physical occurrence as an event
when the parameter value reaches or exceeds a parameter
include, for example, abusive behavior (e.g., immersion in
water, dropping, throwing, etc.), unauthorized opening of the
device housing, improper battery charging, etc. By being able
30
to determine the likely cause of the damage, the manufacturer
can distinguish defects from improper use. By recording rel
evant information, the manufacturer can also save the time
and expense of dealing with device owners who may or may
not understand the source of the problem.
Therefore it is desirable to be able to record an event in a
portable electronic device that can be used to, at least, evalu
ate an operational status of a portable electronic device such
as a hand-held, wearable, and other miniature device.
35
apparent from the following detailed description, taken in
conjunction with the accompanying drawings, illustrating by
way of example the principles of the invention.
40
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
SUMMARY
The invention pertains to methods, systems, and apparatus
for recording an event and associated event data in a portable
electronic device. The recorded event data can be used at least
to evaluate an operational status of a portable electronic
45
FIG. 2 shows a representative response of sensor to the
and the like. In one embodiment, the portable electronic
50
capabilities that can take the form of a standalone sensing
unit. By providing monitoring and recording capabilities,
more e?icient and accurate fault analysis can be provided
that, in turn, can facilitate product design and may reduce cost
of repair by more clearly delineating if any recorded event
(usually user initiated) has voided a current product warranty.
55
Several embodiments of the invention are discussed below.
As a method for recording an event in a portable electronic
device the method is carried out by performing at least the
following operations: monitoring the portable electronic
60
device for at least one physical occurrence expressed as a
parameter having a parameter value; designating the physical
occurrence as an event when the associated parameter value
reaches or exceeds a parameter threshold value; and record
ing event data corresponding to the event. In one aspect of the
invention, the recorded event data can be used to evaluate the
operational status of the portable electronic device.
FIG. 1 illustrates an example of a data-gathering device
(sensor) in the form of sensing unit in accordance with an
embodiment of the invention.
monitoring of a continuously variable parameter (such as
temperature) in accordance with an embodiment of the inven
tion.
device such as media players, cell phones, laptop computers,
device includes appropriate event monitoring and recording
threshold value; a recording device coupled to the processor
arrange to, at least, record event data corresponding to the
event, and an external circuit in communication with at least
the portable electronic consumer product arranged to evaluate
the current operational status of the portable electronic con
sume product using the recorded event data.
Other aspects and advantages of the invention will become
65
FIG. 3 shows a representative response of a sensor to the
monitoring of a short duration event (such as an impact) in
accordance with an embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 4 shows portable media player in accordance with an
embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 5 shows a system having an evaluator unit for evalu
ating recorded event data in accordance with an embodiment
of the invention.
FIG. 6 shows a ?owchart detailing a process for real time
monitoring in accordance with an embodiment of the inven
tion.
FIG. 7 illustrates a ?owchart detailing a process used for
updating threshold values in accordance with an embodiment
of the invention.
FIG. 8 shows a ?owchart detailing a process for evaluating
an operational status of a portable electronic device in accor
dance with an embodiment of the invention.
US 7,589,629 B2
3
4
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
result in damage to the device if corrective actions are not
taken. Sensors that can be used in embodiments of this inven
tion include temperature sensors, pressure sensors, stress/
strain sensors, accelerometers, shock sensors, vibration sen
sors, position sensors, sensors that detect thermal exposure,
Reference Will noW be made in detail to selected embodi
ments of the invention, an example of Which is illustrated in
the accompanying drawings. While the invention Will be
described in conjunction With selected embodiments, it Will
optical exposure, x-ray exposure, microWave exposure, pol
lutants, and the like many of Which are commercially avail
able.
FIG. 1 illustrates an example of a data-gathering device in
be understood that it is not intended to limit the invention to
one particular embodiment. To the contrary, it is intended to
cover alternatives, modi?cations, and equivalents as may be
included Within the spirit and scope of the invention as
the form of sensor 100 in accordance With an embodiment of
the invention. Sensor 100 can include processor 102 for con
de?ned by the appended claims.
A portable electronic device can suffer loss of function due
trolling the overall operation of sensor 100. Sensor 100 can
to manufacturing or product defects or user events. Such user
also include memory resources 103 that can include RAM
events can include exposing the device to extreme tempera
104 that can provide volatile data storage and Read-Only
tures (either high or loW) or exposing the device to physical
Memory (ROM) 106 that can store programs, utilities or
processes each of Which can be coupled to processor 102 by
Way of data bus 108. Sensor 100 can also include input/output
shock or stress (e.g., dropping the device or attempting to
open the device housing). Other potentially damaging events
include improper use of the device over an extended period of
device 110 that can alloW an external circuit (such as an
external processor or an evaluator unit) to interact With sensor
time (e.g., improper battery charging, repeatedly dropping
the device). Since the occurrence of a single event may not, in
itself, cause damage it may be necessary to record multiple
events to distinguish betWeen user and manufacturer related
damage. For example, dropping the device once or even tWice
may not result in damage to the device, but numerous shocks
20
signal cable by Way of a connector (not shoWn). I/O device
over an extended time can have a cumulative effect that can 25
result in the device being damaged. In addition to isolated
can damage the device or otherWise reduce its useful operat
30
It is also desirable for both the user and manufacturer that
When such events are recorded, that a Warning notice be
issued that informs the user that a potentially damaging event
has just occurred (i.e., the device has been dropped), or has
occurred a number of times (i.e., the device has been repeat
110 can also include Wireless interface 114 that can provide a
Wireless communication channel that can be used for trans
mission and receiving data betWeen sensor 100 and external
circuitry. Such communication channels can be formed using,
for example, RF carrier Waves, infrared (IR) signals, etc.
events, a user may be operating the device in a manner that
ing life. For example, if the user does not properly charge the
battery, then the battery lifetime can be severely reduced.
100. For example, input/output (I/O) device 110 can include
Wired data port 112 that can communicate With an external
Sensor 100 can also include sensing device(s) 116 that can
detect a change in a parameter (expressed as a parameter
value) associated With the one or more physical occurrences.
Therefore, sensing device 116 can have a dynamic range that
covers the expected parameter value of the physical occur
rence to be monitored and can Withstand the operating con
35
edly dropped), or that the user is operating the device in an
ditions to Which it may be exposed. For example, FIG. 2
shoWs a representative response of sensing unit 116 to the
monitoring of a physical occurrence (exposure to heat/cold)
improper manner (i.e., improperly charging the battery). In
expressed as continuously variable parameter (i.e., tempera
this Way, not only does the manufacturer have the data to help
determine the likely cause of damage, the user is put on notice
that the device is being operated by the user in a manner that
can result in damage to the device.
Generally, the invention relates to monitoring at least one
parameter in a portable electronic device (e.g., a cell phone,
ture) in accordance With an embodiment of the invention. In
laptop, or media player). An event occurs When a monitored
parameter value reaches or exceeds a pre-determined thresh
old value. Event data can be recorded and subsequently ana
the context of this discussion, an event occurs Whenever a
40
eter value P (received from sensing unit 116 in the form of
sensing signal S) exceeds parameter threshold Pth (at time tA0,
45
event B can be said to occur When processor 102 determines
time tBO, for example) for at least a duration of time (tl4-tBO).
the portable electronic device is not operating properly (or at
and/ or device damage. Furthermore, in those situations Where
an event has been improperly or only partially recorded (due,
for example, to the device failing during the recording or a
defective recording device or a recording device that becomes
defective due to the event being recorded and so on), the
partially or improperly recorded data can be used to evaluate
the current operational status of the device. For example, if an
event occurs (such as a device being dropped) While another
event (temperature over or under limit, for example) is being
recorded, any event data in the process of being or already
Some sensors (or corresponding constituent sensing units),
50
fying a user that an event (or events) has occurred that may
hoWever, are more suited for monitoring events of a discon
tinuous nature (such as an impact having a short or indeter
minate duration) an example of Which can be seen in FIG. 3.
In these cases, an event can be said to occur When processor
55
102 determines that parameter value P has reached or
exceeded the parameter threshold value Pth at a time ta and/or
rb.
Once processor 102 has determined that an event has
60
occurred, processor 102 can process sensing data S received
from sensing unit 116 into associated event data 118 that can
then be forWarded and stored event log 120 in recording
device 122. Event data 118 can include time of occurrence,
having been recorded can be corrupted leaving only a portion
of the recorded data available for subsequent evaluation. In
these situations, the uncorrupted data can be retrieved and
used to evaluate the current operational status of the device.
Furthermore, a Warning notice can be timely issued noti
for example) for at least a duration of time (tA l-tA0). Similarly,
that parameter value P exceeds parameter threshold Pth (at
lyZed (by a manufacturer, for example) to evaluate an oper
ating status of the portable electronic device. For example, if
all) or has been damaged in some Way, the event data can be
used to determine a likely cause of the device malfunction
physical occurrence has a parameter value that reaches or
exceeds a parameter threshold Pth. For example, event A can
be said to occur When processor 102 determines that param
date of occurrence, duration of occurrence, maximum (or
minimum) parameter value, and so on. For example, in FIG.
2, event data 118 can include information related to a differ
65
ence betWeen parameter threshold value Pm and maximum
parameter value PM“ (for example, With respect to event A,
event data 118 can include information related to the differ
US 7,589,629 B2
5
6
ence between PAmax-Pth) or more simply as a maximum value
sensor can also be used to record any temperature events
of parameter value P during a particular event (PAm“ or
experienced by the device. The data provided by both sensing
PBmax, for example).
devices can be used separately or together (using cross cor
If recording device 122 is electronic in nature (such as
volatile memory devices), then event data 118 can be
recorded as a change in bit values of the memory device
Whereas if recording device 122 is electro-mechanical or
mechanical in nature, then event data 118 can be recorded as
a non-reversible state change (such as the melting of a fuse,
relation type analysis, for example) to determine if, for
example, stress damage to a device housing Was likely due to
externally applied forces (i.e., if an impact event has been
recorded but no temperature event) or related to thermal
expansion/contraction (i.e., if temperature event has been
recorded but no impact event). Subsequent analysis of any or
etc.). Examples of recording devices include electrical cir
cuits, electromechanical circuits, mechanical latching
mechanisms, programmable integrated circuits such as
EPROMs, fusible links, magnetic circuits, acoustic circuits,
all available data can be used to evaluate a likely cause of any
damage or non-functionality of a device.
The invention Will noW be described in the context of a
portable electronic consumer product that for the remainder
of the discussion takes the form of a portable media player
optical/IR circuits, and the like. It should be noted that event
data 118 could be stored in any appropriate memory device
400 that at least incorporates sensor 100.
located either Within sensor 100 or external to sensor 100.
FIG. 4 shoWs portable media player 400 in accordance With
In some cases, in order to preserve poWer resources (Which
an embodiment of the invention that can include central pro
is especially important in battery poWered electronic
cessing unit (CPU) 402 for controlling the overall operation
devices), recording device 122 can be con?gured to record an
event in a non-reversible manner (such a melting of a ther
20
mocouple to indicate extreme temperature, or discoloration
of a moisture sensitive tab to indicate high moisture). In this
case “recording” usually means that some mechanical aspect
of recording device 122 has changed in a non-reversible man
ner. In this Way, even if sensor 100 becomes inoperable for
406. File system 404 can take the form of a storage disk or a
plurality of disks that can provide high capacity storage capa
25
Whatever reason, an event can still be recorded even if sensor
100 is not poWered or otherWise inoperable. For example,
circuit having a particular resonance frequency in communi
30
data transfer betWeen at least ?le system 404, cache 406, CPU
402, and CODEC 416. Media player 400 can also include data
link 418 alloWing media player 400 to couple to a host com
40
Sensor 100 can be con?gured as a stand-alone type unit
can be connected to CPU 402 by Way ofdata bus 414. Sensor
45
50
55
ing upon the particular event type, parameter to be monitored,
60
100 can also have its oWn poWer supply (not shoWn) indepen
dent of that provided for media player 400. In this Way, sensor
100 can monitor selected parameters and communicate With
external circuitry When media player 400 is poWered off or
has been rendered inoperable. Sensor 100 can also be inte
grated With CPU 402 providing a less robust, but more cost
effective embodiment since all memory and processing
requirements of sensor 100 can then be performed by
memory resources 408 and CPU 402, respectively. It should
be noted, by utiliZing on board memory resources (either
memory resources 103 or memory resources 408), various
threshold values used to determine Whether an event has or
has not occurred can be updated in a timely manner.
FIG. 5 shoWs a system 500 used to evaluate recorded event
data in accordance With an embodiment of the invention.
Evaluation of recorded event data by system 500 can be put to
any number of uses such as providing a repair technician
information related to a likely cause of a device malfunction
or defect. This information can be used to repair the device
and/or inform the device oWner that any repairs Would or
Way, sensor 100 can be used to monitor separate parameters
and provide corresponding event data that can be used in
subsequent analysis either separately or together. For
example, a pieZoelectric strain sensor for measuring material
strain (indicative of rough handling) can be used to determine
if a device has undergone an impact type event. A temperature
puter, for example. Media player 400 includes display 420 for
displaying graphical, video, or images, user input 422 for
receiving user supplied input commands, and speakers 424.
along the lines described With respect to FIG. 1 and, as such,
monitor different parameters, or the same parameter having
different parameter threshold values in a cascade arrange
ment, or even different event types (e.g.; continuously vari
and so on for Which it is con?gured to monitor. For example,
one sensing device can be con?gured to continuously monitor
temperature and therefore be set to active mode Whereas
another sensing unit can be con?gured to concurrently moni
tor impacts and therefore canbe set to loW poWer mode. In this
include memory resources 408. In the described embodiment,
memory resources can be con?gured to include RAM 410
(that can store programs, utilities or processes to be executed
in a non-volatile manner) and Read-Only Memory (ROM)
It should be noted that if sensor 100 includes more than one
able type or impact type). In any case, each of the sensing
devices can be placed in either active or sleep mode depend
400 can also include cache 406. Even though the relative
access time to cache 406 can be substantially shorter than for
412 that can store programs, utilities or processes to be
executed in a non-volatile manner. Data bus 414 can facilitate
35
preserved While still maintaining the ability to monitor
parameters of interest.
sensing device, each sensing device could be con?gured to
bility for the media player 400. HoWever, since the access
time to ?le system 404 can be relatively sloW, media player
?le system 404, cache 406 typically does not have the large
storage capacity of ?le system 404. Media player 400 can also
recording device 122 can be implemented as an electrical
cation With sensing device 116 that can be a fuse in one leg of
the circuit.
Furthermore, sensor 100 can be placed in an inactive, or
sleep mode. HoWever, in order to record event data When a
parameter value (temperature, for example) passes a thresh
old value, sensor 100 can be activated (e.g., Woken up). For
example, if all that is required is that a temperature excursion
(either hot or cold) be recorded, it is not necessary for sensor
100 to continually monitor the temperature of the device. All
that is necessary is that at least one sensing unit 116 in sensor
100 provide appropriate noti?cation to processor 102 that the
monitored temperature has reached or exceeded the tempera
ture threshold at Which point processor 102 can Wake up
sensor 100 and complete the recordation of the event. Once
the recordation of the event is complete, processor 102 can
put sensor 100 back into sleep mode. By providing for a loW
poWer operational mode, valuable poWer resources can be
of media player 400. Media player 400 can store media data
pertaining to media assets in ?le system 404 and/or cache
65
Would not be covered by a Warranty. For example, if the
evaluation reveals that the damage to the device or device
malfunction Was most likely caused by improper use by the
US 7,589,629 B2
7
8
device user, then any repairs would mo st likely not be covered
by a manufacturer warranty or at least would be at the option
of the manufacturer.
example, if it is observed that a battery in media player 400
cannot hold a proper charge and event data indicates that a
user of media player 400 is not following proper charging
procedures, then in all likelihood, that is the cause of the
battery not holding a charge. Another example could be that
Accordingly, when media player 400 is brought into a
repair center, for example, for evaluation and possible repair,
event data 118 indicates that a number of warning notices
have been issued by media player 400 over a period of time
a repair technician can power on evaluator unit 502 that
includes processor 504 for controlling operations of evaluator
unit 502 and display 506 for displaying user interfaces and
indicating that the media player 400 has, for example, been
other relevant information/data. Once evaluator unit 502 is
exposed to temperature extremes, repeated shocks, improper
powered on, evaluation program 508 (typically stored in
battery charging, etc. If media player 400 is exhibiting a
problem that has been previously linked to any of the events
evaluator unit memory not shown for sake of clarity) can
instruct processor 504 to orchestrate the evaluation process
that can include, at least, displaying an evaluation interface
510 on display 506. At this point, as part of the evaluation
process, a repair technician can be requested to follow a set of
speci?c instructions as part of the evaluation interface 510.
Such instructions can include, at least, visually inspecting the
device and/or device housing for any external damage (a
cracked housing, for example), entering a trouble code (or its
equivalent) indicating the nature of the device problem if
associated with the issued waming(s), then a conclusion
could be that the observed problem with media player 400 is
due to that event(s) and not a design or product defect. In this
case, a manufacturer could realistically decline to repair
media player 400 under a manufacturer warranty. In any case,
when evaluation program 508 has completed its analysis, a
fault summary 520 can be displayed on display 506 indicating
at least a list of faults, causes and any corrective actions.
20
cable 512 or by way ofwireless channel 514 ifsensor 100 has
25
wireless capabilities using RF, acoustic, or any appropriate
wireless signal. Clearly, if media player 400 cannot provide
power to sensor 100, then sensor 100 must be self powered or
at least be able to receive power from an external power
supply. In some cases, however, sensor 100 can be con?gured
in such a way that recording device 122 can be detachable or
In some cases, a user can also invoke an embedded fault
analysis program 522 that can provide simpli?ed fault analy
sis generated by, for example, CPU 402. In this way, real time
known, powering up the device (if possible), and so on. If
media player 400 can not be powered up (due to a faulty
power supply, for example), it may be necessary to connect
evaluator unit 502 directly to sensor 100 by way of signal
fault analysis summary 524 along the lines of an automated
trouble shooting guide can be provided to, for example, a
user, repair technician, etc. on display 420. Real time fault
analysis summary 524 can provide speci?c fault codes indi
cating faults detected, recommended corrective actions, and
so on. In this way, a user, for example, can consult use real
time fault analysis 524 to diagnose and potentially correct the
30
problem without the need to deal with customer service
thereby greatly reducing any device downtime lost in trans
porting the damaged device to a repair center.
otherwise accessible to external circuitry in such a way that
FIG. 6 shows a ?owchart detailing a process 600 for real
any recorded event data can be retrieved without either sensor
time monitoring of a portable electronic device in accordance
100 or media player 400 providing any power whatsoever.
with sensor 100 by way of I/ O 110 (or indirectly by way of I/O
410 if media player 400 is active), evaluation program 508
with an embodiment of the invention. Process 600 begins at
602 by con?guring a sensing device to monitor a selected
physical occurrence that can be expressed as a parameter
instruct processor 504 to send event data request 516 to sensor
value. Con?guring the sensing device can include setting, or
In any case, once evaluator unit 502 is in communication
100 for processing by processor 102. Processor 102 can, in
turn, respond to event data request 516, in part, by transmit
ting device identi?er 518. Device identi?er 518 can provide
any information that evaluation program 508 might require in
order to carry out the evaluation process. For example, device
35
40
cascade arrangement, and so on. Once the sensing device has
identi?er 518 can include information used to distinguish
media player 400 from other, similar media players. In some
45
embodiments, evaluation program 508 can use device iden
ti?er 518 to determine if media player 400 has had any pre
vious repair sessions and if so retrieve data from those previ
ous repair sessions stored in a server computer, for example,
connected to evaluator unit 502 as part of a network of com
50
puters. In addition to device identi?er 518, processor 102 can
be programmed to provide event data 118 from recording
device 122 without waiting for a speci?c data request from
is issued at 610 indicating that an event has occurred. At 612,
corresponding event data is recorded. Event data can include
time of occurrence, date of occurrence, duration of occur
rence, maximum (or minimum) parameter value, and so on.
FIG. 7 illustrates process 700 for updating parameter
55
508 can use event data 118 to evaluate the current operational
status of media player 400 that could include determining a
likely cause of a device defect or device malfunction. For
example, one type of analysis that can be carried out by
evaluation program 508 can be based upon pattern analysis
been con?gured, the sensing device monitors for a pre-deter
mined physical occurrence at 604 and generates sensing data
(i.e., temperature, pressure, impact, stress, etc.) at 606 that
can be expressed as a corresponding parameter value (° F.,
nt/cm2, etc). If, at 608, the parameter value reaches or exceeds
a corresponding parameter threshold value, then an event ?ag
threshold values in accordance with an embodiment of the
evaluation program 508. In any case, once evaluation pro
gram 508 has received event data 118, evaluation program
resetting, a parameter threshold value, setting an operational
mode (for example, low power mode, or sleep mode), con
necting the sensing device to other sensing devices to form a
60
invention. Process 700 begins at 702 by retrieving stored
parameter threshold values. At 704, current parameter thresh
old values are compared to stored parameter threshold values.
At 706, based upon the comparison, any stored parameter
threshold value not matching current parameter threshold
values can be updated.
where a pattern of occurrence of a particular event (such as
FIG. 8 illustrates a ?owchart detailing a process 800 for
repeated improper battery charging, repeated impacts, etc.)
performing a correlation analysis between certain aspects of
evaluating an operational status of a portable electronic
device in accordance with an embodiment of the invention.
Process 800 begins at 802 establishing a communication link
between the portable electronic device and an evaluation
program. In the described embodiment, the evaluation pro
event data 118 to known problems and their causes. For
gram can be executed by a processor included in an external
can be correlated to observed defects or operational problems
with media player 400. Another type of analysis that can be
carried out by evaluation program 508 can be based upon
65
US 7,589,629 B2
9
10
evaluating a current operational status of the portable elec
tronic device using a portion of the properly recorded
circuit that can be separate and distinct from the portable
electronic device. The evaluation program can also be
executed by a processing unit that is part of the portable
event data.
electronic device under evaluation along the lines of a virtual
troubleshooting guide. In any case, once the communication
link has been established, a current operational status (that
2. A method as recited in claim 1, further comprising:
issuing in real time a noti?cation that the event has been
can include operational problems, defects, and so on) of the
portable electronic device can be provided to the evaluation
recording the issuance of the noti?cation as part of the
program at 804. The evaluation program can request a manual
3. A method as recited in claim 2, further comprising:
updating an event counter indicating a number of times that
recorded; and
recorded event data.
entry of the current operational status by, for example, a repair
a like event has occurred.
technician, a user, and so on. The evaluation program can also
request the portable electronic device automatically provide
4. A method as recited in claim 3, Wherein the event data
comprises:
information over the communication link indicative of the
operational status of the portable electronic device. Such
operational problems can include the inability of the portable
electronic device to poWer up properly or poWer up at all,
some or all of the components (speakers, display, and so on)
an event type code;
a date of the event;
a time of the event;
a duration of the event; and
are not functioning properly, the battery (if the portable elec
the event counter.
tronic device is battery poWered) is not holding a proper
charge or not holding a charge for as long as expected, etc.
5. A method as recited in claim 3, Wherein the issuing the
20
communicating at least some of the recorded event data.
6. A method as recited as recited in claim 5, Wherein the
At 806, a determination can be made if any recorded event
data is available. If no recorded event data is available, then
processing ends, otherwise, any recorded event data can be
passed to the evaluation program at 808. At 810, the evalua
tion program analyZes the operational status in vieW of the
event data. Analysis of the event data can include pattern
communicating comprises:
providing a visual cue and/or an audio cue.
25
analysis, correlation analysis, and evaluation of any Warning
passing at least some of the recorded event data to an
30
The summary report can include information about the opera
tional status of the portable electronic device pointing out
likely causes of any problems. In some cases, the summary
report can include a probability analysis indicating a prob
ability distribution of likely causes of any operational prob
lems. For example, if the portable electronic device is expe
riencing short battery life and the event data indicates a
history of improper battery charging, then there Would be a
35
40
battery life stems from the user, a manufacturer can refuse to
repair or replace the defective battery under a manufacturer’ s
Warranty.
45
exposure to moisture.
should also be noted that there are many alternative Ways of
implementing both the process and apparatus of the present
50
preted as including all such alterations, permutations, and
55
event, comprising:
physical occurrence expressed as a parameter having a
parameter threshold value; and
60
designating the physical occurrence as the event When the
associated parameter value reaches or exceeds a param
eter threshold value; and
recording event data corresponding to the event,
if at least some of the recorded event data is improperly
recorded, then
a parameter having a parameter value;
a central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the sensing unit
arranged to, at least, receive the parameter value from
the sensing unit and designate the physical occurrence as
an event When the parameter value reaches or exceeds a
monitoring the portable electronic device for at least one
parameter value;
12. A method as recited in claim 1, further comprising:
updating the parameter threshold value to an updated
parameter threshold value.
13. A portable consumer electronic product, comprising:
a sensing unit arranged to monitor the consumer electronic
product for at least one physical occurrence expressed as
equivalents as fall Within the true spirit and scope of the
present invention.
What is claimed is:
1. In a portable electronic device, a method of recording an
facturer’s Warranty or not based upon the evaluation.
9. A method as recited in claim 1, Wherein the external
circuit is a computing device.
10. A method as recited in claim 9, Wherein the computing
device is part of a netWork of computing devices.
11. A method as recited in claim 1, Wherein the physical
occurrence is selected from a group comprising: exposure to
heat and/ or cold, impact, stress, user-initiated action, and
ferred embodiment, there are alterations, permutations, and
equivalents that fall Within the scope of this invention. It
invention. It is therefore intended that the invention be inter
if the current operational status requires a repair operation,
then
battery. In this case, since the likely cause of the reduced
While this invention has been described in terms of a pre
external circuit for further processing that includes at
least some of the evaluating; and
issuing an operational status evaluation report that includes
a current operational status of the portable electronic
device.
8. A method as recited in claim 7, further comprising:
determining if the repair operation is covered by a manu
high probability that the improper battery charging practices
is the root cause of the reduced battery life and not a defective
7. A method as recited in claim 1, Wherein the evaluating
the operational status of the portable electronic device further
comprises:
notices that have been issued and if there is any correlation to
any operational problems. At 812, once the evaluation pro
gram has completed the analysis, a summary report is issued.
noti?cation comprises:
a recording device coupled to the processor arranged to, at
least, record event data corresponding to the event,
Wherein if at least some of the recorded event data is
65
improperly recorded, then a current operational status of
the portable consumer electronic product is evaluated
using a portion of the properly recorded event data.
14. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 13, Wherein the CPU issues and records in the recording
US 7,589,629 B2
11
12
27. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 26, further com
device as part of the event data, a noti?cation that the event
has occurred and has been recorded.
15. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 14, Wherein the event data comprises:
an event type code;
prising:
5
event data comprises:
a date of the event;
a time of the event;
a duration of the event; and
an event counter indicating a number of times that a like
event has occurred.
16. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 15, Wherein the noti?cation includes at least some of
the recorded event data.
17. A portable electronic consumer product as recited as
an event type code;
a date of the event;
a time of the event;
a duration of the event; and
the event counter.
29. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 27, Wherein the
issuing the noti?cation comprises:
computer code for communicating at least some of the
recorded event data.
30. An evaluation unit as recited as recited in claim 29,
recited in claim 16, Wherein the noti?cation takes the form of
a visual cue and/ or an audio cue.
Wherein the communicating comprises:
18. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
computer code for providing a visual cue and/or an audio
claim 13, Wherein the portable electronic consumer product
further comprises:
an input/output device coupled to the CPU arranged to pass
cue.
20
computer code for evaluating the operational status of the
circuit for further processing.
25
that a repair operation is required, then the external circuit
determines if the repair operation is covered by a manufac
prising:
21. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 20, Wherein the external circuit is a computing device.
22. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 21, Wherein the computing device is part of a network
computer code for passing at least some of the recorded
event data to an external computing device having a
processor arranged to execute computer code for further
processing that includes at least some of the evaluating;
and
computer code for issuing a portable electronic device
operational status evaluation report based upon the
of computing devices.
23. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 22, Wherein the physical occurrence is selected from a
group comprising: exposure to heat and/or cold, impact,
evaluating.
40
claim 13, Wherein the parameter threshold value is periodi
25. An evaluation unit having a processor for evaluating an
45
device for at least one physical occurrence expressed as
a parameter having a parameter value;
computer code for designating the physical occurrence as
computer code for updating the parameter threshold value
to an updated parameter threshold value.
36. A system, comprising:
55
a portable electronic consumer product, having at least a
sensing unit arranged to monitor the consumer elec
tronic product for at least one physical occurrence
expressed as a parameter having a parameter value, a
central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the sensing
computer code for determining if the current operational
status requires a repair operation;
computer code for determining if the repair operation is
covered by a manufacturer’s Warranty or not; and
34. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 25, Wherein the
physical occurrence is selected from a group comprising:
exposure to heat and/or cold, impact, stress, user initiated
action, and exposure to moisture.
35. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 25, further com
prising:
an event When the associated parameter value reaches or
exceeds a parameter threshold value;
computer code for recording event data corresponding to
the event;
computer code for determining a current operational status
of the portable electronic device based upon the
recorded event data;
33. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 31, Wherein the
external circuit is a computing device that is part of a netWork
of computing devices.
cally updated.
operational status of a portable electronic device, comprising:
computer code for monitoring the portable electronic
portable electronic device based upon the recorded event
data
computer code for determining if at least some of the
recorded event data is improperly recorded; and
computer code for evaluating a current operational status
of the portable electronic device using a portion of the
properly recorded event data.
32. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 31, further com
turer’s Warranty or not.
stress, user initiated action, and exposure to moisture.
24. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
31. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 25, further com
prising:
at least some of the recorded event data to an external
19. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 18, Wherein as part of the further processing the exter
nal circuit issues an operational status evaluation report.
20. A portable electronic consumer product as recited in
claim 19, Wherein if the current operational status indicates
computer code for updating an event counter indicating a
number of times that a like event has occurred.
28. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 27, Wherein the
unit arranged to, at least, receive the parameter value
from the sensing unit and designate the physical occur
rence as an event When the parameter value reaches or
60
exceeds a parameter threshold value, and a recording
computer readable medium for storing the computer code.
device coupled to the processor arranged to, at least,
26. An evaluation unit as recited in claim 25, further com
record event data corresponding to the event; and
prising:
computer code for issuing in real time a noti?cation that the
event has been recorded; and
computer code for recording the issuance of the noti?ca
tion as part of the recorded event data.
an external circuit in communication With at least the por
65
table electronic consumer product arranged to evaluate
the current operational status based, in part, upon
recorded event data received from the recording device,
Wherein if at least some of the recorded event data is
US 7,589,629 B2
14
13
improperly recorded, then a current operational status of
the portable electronic consumer product is evaluated
using a portion of the properly recorded event data.
37. The system as recited in claim 36, Wherein the CPU
expressed as a parameter having a parameter value, a
central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the sensing
unit arranged to, at least receive the parameter value
from the sensing unit and designate the physical occur
issues in real time a noti?cation that the event has been
recorded, and records the issuance of the noti?cation as part
of the recorded event data.
38. The system as recited in claim 37, Wherein the CPU
rence as an event When the parameter value reaches or
exceeds a parameter threshold value, and a recording
device coupled to the processor arranged to, at least,
record event data corresponding to the event; and
an external circuit in communication With at least the por
updates an event counter indicating a number of times that a
like event has occurred.
table electronic consumer product arranged to
evaluate the current operational status based, in part, upon
recorded event data received from the recording device,
determine if the current operational status requires a repair
39. The system as recited in claim 37, the noti?cation
includes at least some of the recorded event data.
40. The system as recited in claim 36, Wherein the event
operation, and
data comprises:
determine if the repair operation is covered by a manufac
an event type code;
a date of the event;
a time of the event;
a duration of the event; and
the event counter.
41. A system, comprising:
a portable electronic consumer product having at least a
sensing unit arranged to monitor the consumer elec
tronic product for at least one physical occurrence
turer’s Warranty or not.
42. The system as recited in claim 41, Wherein the CPU
issues in real time a noti?cation if the current operational
status requires the repair operation.
20
43. The system as recited in claim 42, Wherein the noti?
cation includes the indication if the repair operation is cov
ered by the manufacturer’s Warranty or not.
*
*
*
*
*
Was this manual useful for you? yes no
Thank you for your participation!

* Your assessment is very important for improving the work of artificial intelligence, which forms the content of this project

Download PDF

advertisement