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(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2006/0229108 A1
(43) Pub. Date:
Cehelnik
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MOBILE PHONE EXTENSION AND DATA
INTERFACE VIA AN AUDIO HEADSET
CONNECTION
Oct. 12, 2006
pensive because of ?exible system architecture and simple
hardWare implementation. It alloWs phone calls to be made
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from Wired phones over a cell phone. It is simple because
audio signals from a microphone and speaker of a Wired
handset are connected to the mobile phone via a simple plug
connection to the headset audio port. Alternatively, the
system Works With Wireless connections between headsets
and mobile phones. When the connection is made With a
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base station, it can be a Wired or cordless phone or device
(76) Inventor:
Thomas G. Cehelnik, Tucson, AZ (US)
Correspondence Address:
Thomas G. Cehelnik, PhD.
acting as the base station. The disclosed system alloWs
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electronic apparatus to use a common mobile phone to link
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Feb. 3, 2006
its communication instead of having an embedded phone
separate from the user’s personal phone. Other uses provide
a means to communicate With a Wireless headset While
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Provisional application No. 60/650,016, ?led on Feb.
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phone audio too. Thus useful apparatus and methods are
claimed to connect mobile phones and Wireless headsets
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connecting audio from other devices such as audio devices
such as players and records, and data devices. Even if the
digital devices. One such audio player is the “l-Pod” knoWn
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ABSTRACT
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as a trademark of Apple Corporation. These devices can thus
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MOBILE PHONE EXTENSION AND DATA
INTERFACE VIA AN AUDIO HEADSET
CONNECTION
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
[0001]
This application is to receive the bene?t of US.
provisional patent application 60/527,690 ?led on Dec. 5th,
2003 Which is noW expired, and subsequent provisional
application 60/650,016 ?led on Feb. 4th, 2005 and its
corresponding supplements Where Supplement I Was ?led on
Mar. 1, 2005, and Supplement II Was ?led on Jun. 27, 2005.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0002] This invention relates to an apparatus and method
for distributing mobile phone calls to a local netWork of
phone handsets throughout ones residence or of?ce.
have speci?c devices they are comfortable With and have no
need to replace. For example, the peripherals may be a full
siZed handset or a speakerphone for the ease of hearing.
Other devices may include speci?c features to assist the
elderly and physically challenged users such as phones With
oversiZed buttons for the ease of dialing, or devices made for
the hearing impaired individuals. The replacement of these
devices is not a feasible option for many consumers. Still
these users may still prefer to have only a mobile phone
service but cannot forego the Wired service because they
cannot user their special Wired phone devices. So What is
needed is a method and apparatus to connect their mobile
phone service to the Wired netWorks in the home and o?ice
so they can forego paying for a Wired phone service.
[0009] To address this need this invention uses a basesta
tion or phone server that makes available the mobile phone
through the Wired phone netWork in the home and of?ce.
[0010] Another problem encountered at home by most
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
[0003] The popularity of Wireless devices such as mobile
phones or cellular phones is increasing so signi?cantly that
phone service companies are offering less expensive calling
plans that include long distance. In turn, the cost of a home
Wired phone number is about $30 per month and increasing.
In spite of this, many users still purchase Wired phone
service because there exists no other Way to operate the
Wired devices on their home or of?ce phone netWork. Some
of the common Wired phone devices include Wired phones,
cordless phones, FAX machines, and modems. This inven
Wireless mobile phones users occurs While charging the
phone. Most mobile phones come With a charger in the form
of a cradle. Many times When charging a call comes in and
the user either misses the call because the phone is not
turned or they missed the call because the Wireless mobile
phone Was too far aWay for the user to pick up the call in
time. Thus What else is needed is a connection to the Wired
netWork of the home and o?ice from the Wireless phone that
alloWs the user to charge the mobile and us phone extensions
located in proximity to the users at the time a call needs
picked up or placed.
tion lets users of a mobile phone save money by foregoing
[0011]
the Wired phone service While still using their Wired home
and o?ice phones and netWorked peripherals.
venience in assisting With communication in the computer
iZed World such as speakerphone, keyboard, vieWing screen,
[0004] Several reasons exist for users to continue main
taining Wired services are:
1) There Wired devices fail to operate Without the Wired
phone service.
2) There exist no communication interface betWeen their
Wired phone netWork and their mobile phone.
3) Another reason users seem to like the sense of stability
from having a constant phone number of a Wired line home
service.
[0005] This invention address solves problems stated
above in statements one ad and tWo. FCC recent laW
addressed the third reason. The FCC noW insists mobile
Additionally, other connections are needed for con
and Internet and E-mail access.
[0012] Also, some users in the home or of?ce may not
have a mobile phone. In this case the use may still Wish to
have an option for placing some of their call through a Wired
phone service. This is useful for toll free calls Where one
expect to have to hold for long periods. Also in order to save
Wireless airtime minutes, a Wired phone service for com
munication to vicinities in the local area of the home or
of?ce may be desired. For example someone may access a
computer dial up connection for the Internet and E-mail.
HoWever, When long distance calls are placed, the mobile
phone service is sWitched onto the Wired netWork and the
basestation and phone extensions are used during the call.
This approach also can save money for the user of this
phone users are able to keep the same mobile phone number
invention. Thus What is needed is a method of sWitching
When sWitching their service providers and getting neW
phones. This ruling provides opportunity to have a consis
tent mobile phone number.
betWeen mobile and Wired phone services.
[0006] The stated problems above indicate mobile phone
[0013] Some users may not receive a signi?cant mobile
phone signal in the home or of?ce building and thus some
user locations may require a signal booster.
technology has not yet interfaced seamlessly With the com
munication netWorks of the home, of?ce, or business.
[0014] Also, many people in a household have individual
phones and numbers. They also carry the phones betWeen
[0007] What is really needed is a method and apparatus to
avoid the double charges for maintaining Wired and Wireless
phone service While still alloWing the user to operate their
netWorks in the home and of?ce.
[0008] The neW technology should avoid the sudden and
costly upgrade of all individual devices on the Wired net
Work. This approach alloWs users the comfort of using their
existing peripherals. This is important because many users
the home and o?ice. Thus What is need is a Way to connect
these multiple users to the Wired phone netWork When at
home or the of?ce. This invention alloWs multiple mobile
phones to serve the Wired netWork.
[0015]
To keep costs loW, it the connection method should
alloW any phone to connect. The invention does so through
the audio headset jack on the mobile phone and an audio
headset jack on standard telephone. Thus there is not a direct
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connection of a mobile phone to the Wired telephone net
Work. This is signi?cant in that it releases the manufacturer
of mobile phones from getting FCC approval for the con
necting to the Wired lines. Additionally, mobile phones
Without local short range Wireless connections like Blue
tooth Will also be able to use the system, and keep cost to the
consumer doWn. The mobile phone can be made to connect
data to other peripherals and computer resources in the home
or office via said communication conduit.
[0025] Yet another aspect of the invention is to provide a
means to boost the mobile phone signal in the home such as
in the form of a repeater in the local area to the user or an
antenna connection provided to the basestation.
to a basestation comprised of Wired phones With either
corded or cordless phones. The basestation can also connect
either physically or an RF connection to other Wireless
headsets such as Bluetooth or other cordless headsets that
then make a connection to the mobile phone.
[0016]
In summary, What is needed is a basestation or
phone server that makes available the mobile phone through
the Wired phone netWork in the home and office for a variety
of olf-the-shelf mobile phones. Such a basestation may also
include:
[0017]
l) A method to charge the mobile phone; 2) Pro
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
[0026]
The invention Will be better understood upon read
ing the folloWing Detailed Description in conjunction With
the draWings attached.
[0027] FIG. 1 depicts a communication netWork from the
Wireless mobile phone to a charger unit that distributes the
call to phone extensions Within the home or of?ce through
the Wiring in the home.
[0028]
FIG. ZiShOWS 2.5 mm or 3/32" phono jack for
of?ces by offering a connection to a Wireless signal from a
plugging into cell phone.
[0029] FIG. 3*ShOWS 1/8" phono jack for plugging into
basestation headphone jack.
high gain antenna located in a good signal area or by nearby
[0030]
repeater; 4) Connects to a computer for usual computer uses
such as keyboarding, vieWing, audio controls, and connec
system.
vides a capability to sWitch betWeen Wired and mobile phone
service; 3) Assures good mobile phone signal in the home or
tion to the Internet; 6) AlloWs for multiple mobile phones to
be connected to the netWork.
[0018]
Thus one aspect of the invention is to provide a
[0031]
FIG. 4*ShOWS LG 4400 Cell Phone uses With
FIG. SiShOWS Phone Extension Interface Card
input and output connections.
[0032]
FIG. 6*ShOWS Phone Extension Interface inter
method and apparatus for connecting mobile devices such as
connection draWing.
mobile or cellular phone, pagers, or palm devices or com
puters to a communication netWork in the home or resi
[0033] FIG. 7*ShOWS schematic of Phone Extension
Interface card.
dence.
[0034] FIG. SiShOWS schematic of Phone Extension
Interface card poWer supply and phone-Wire connections.
[0019] Yet another aspect of the invention is to connect a
mobile phone handset to a Wired phone extension unit in a
residence or office. The handset to the Wired phone exten
sion may be a Wired corded, cordless, or a Wireless device.
[0035]
[0020] Yet another aspect of the invention is to connect a
mobile phone handset to a communication console in a
residence or of?ce via a local communication conduit that
may include a Wireless netWork but terminates the mobile
[0036] FIG. 10iProcess ?oW diagram for a mobile
phone extension illustrated in this disclosure that is inde
pendent of the speci?c communication protocol or modern
phone long range RF at the mobile phone handset.
capability of the mobile phone. Thus demonstrating that this
invention is applicable to existing olf-the-shelf equipment.
[0021] Another aspect of the invention is it improves the
ease of communication by connecting Wireless mobile
phones through a local Wireless netWork or via direct plug
into a mobile phone charger unit With added local commu
nication capabilities to the home or of?ce devices as
FIG. 9*ShOWS charger holder With a means using
solenoid actuators, robotic ?ngers, for activating cell phone
signals occurring When cell phone buttons are pushed.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
EMBODIMENT
described in the preferred embodiment and claims.
[0037] To those skilled in the art of telephone and data
communication electronics many variations and connection
[0022] Another aspect of the invention is a speakerphone
conduits including local Wireless methods Will become
obvious; nevertheless this preferred embodiment any claims
and charger capability on a communication console that
holds the mobile phone.
[0023] Yet, another aspect of the invention is to provide
for a keyboard and a vieWing screen. In the preferred
embodiment of the invention these items, along With speak
erphone, and charger into a communication console for the
home.
are to include such variation.
[0038] Mobile Wireless communication operates With
various RF modulation and coding techniques at frequencies
in the GHZ. Though the details of the mobile Wireless phone
are not necessary to understand the invention; one fact is.
This is the fact that the mobile phone RF connection to the
large area netWork stops at the mobile phone. The invention
[0024] Yet, another aspect of the invention is to provide
makes an additional connection linking the audio or data
part or all of the above features through a communication
conduit in the residence or of?ce Wiring. This conduit
includes Wired netWorks, or Wireless netWorks, that carry the
signals throughout the home or of?ce. Said another Way, this
invention makes the mobile phone connection available
throughout the local vicinity of the home, of?ce or area of a
Wireless phone audio and digital data from a mobile phone
local area netWork. The connection is available on other
to a Wireless phone console. The said console distributes the
phone extensions or netWorked appliances such as palm
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PCs. In this Way the invention eliminates the need for a
mobile phone is made cordless to the charging console that
Wired phone service; hence results in a cost savings by
is connected to the local home or of?ce hard telephone
reducing phone line service charges, including monthly
Wiring. A sWitching circuit is used to detect the RF signal
arriving in the charger, it is then demodulated and sWitched
to the local hardWired phone lines in the home. A ringer
connection charges, and charges for calling options such as
voicemail, call Waiting charges.
[0039]
One method is to use a local Wireless link. In this
method those familiar With mobile phone engineering Will
identify alternative electronic approaches to achieving the
claimed effect. One Way is receive a signal from the bases
tation in the local area in an audio detect mode and then use
a modulator to doWn converted mobile RF frequency. This
is the RF frequency is converted to a convenient local area
RF frequency, perhaps 900 MHZ or more. The signal is
modulated for the transmission of the audio and digital data
locally in the home or of?ce. The modulation may be coded
either digitally or via analog approaches so as to achieve a
means of communication With the basestation and network.
[0040]
Simply stated, the mobile phone contains a trans
ceiver for local communication to the phone network. The
transceiver is embodied Within the mobile phone handset or
in a separate attachment unit consisting of a phone extension
interface With a Wireless transceiver.
[0041]
Operating in this cordless mode, an auto-detect
feature connects the mobile phone on the home netWork
When it is located Within the vicinity of its associated
basestation. This cordless method interfaces the mobile
phone using the said local transceiver module as an addi
tional handset or phone extension to the home basestation.
The basestation distributes the information via signals to the
devices on the local netWork.
[0042]
This method offers cordless connection of the
mobile phone to the home or of?ce netWork. The described
method is a novel expansion of the readily available cordless
phone basestation; but noW the invention alloWs for these
cordless Wired handsets and peripherals to use the mobile
phone connection. Furthermore, the invention is a basesta
tion that connects to other Wired and non-Wired peripheral
devices. It offers the speci?c money saving possibility and
convenient feature of making the Wired phone netWork
operation Without having a Wired line service provider. In
this Way, the invention makes possible the convenience of
using the home netWork peripherals including the conven
tional Wired phone extensions. Such peripherals are
expected to remain in households and o?ices for some time
before being replaced by completely Wireless units.
[0043]
In the preferred embodiment the Wired line service
provider is not required. In the case Where a Wired line
service provider is employed, for various reasons of the user,
this invention offers a sWitch for disconnecting the phone
signal Wires from the service provider. This option prevents
the billing of a Wired call When the mobile phone is used for
the connection.
[0044] Another claimed approach is to plug the mobile
phone into a basestation. The Wireless mobile phones usu
ally olfer a connection to a data port and audio signals from
a headset containing a microphone and speaker, or speak
erphone. The data can be audio such as voice and modem
data in either analog or digital form. The Wireless mobile
phone transmits this data to the charging console in the home
or of?ce via a local Wireless netWork communication, such
as a 900 MHZ signal used for cordless phones. Thus the
circuit is also provided so the ring can be triggered to other
phone extensions in the home or of?ce. Additionally, a
non-cordless option is invoked When the Wireless mobile
phone is in the charger via direct Wire connection through a
connector betWeen the Wireless mobile phone body and the
charging console. Additionally an option exists on the said
charging console for speakerphone. A keyboard and vieWing
screen is also available through a communication port using
standardized protocol connecting the digital data to an
embedded microprocessor or and external PC that handles
the digital communication betWeen the Wireless mobile
phone and basestation. User control of the system is pro
vided by computer interfaces program that the user interacts
With the system through peripherals of choice from a PC
such as a keyboard, mouse, and video screen. Additionally,
some buttons useful to the operation of the basestation are
also included on the basestation unit, such as phone exten
sion page.
[0045] The phone extension invention is also useful for
systems and services made available to the public requiring
a telephone connection. These include Kiosks that provide
computer access to the Internet and e-mail services. One
such concept for the future are Kiosks to alloW access to
larger video displays and computer peripherals from their
telephone or pocket device. The phone extension or server
alloWs kiosks and other systems to pay for the phone calls
With the customers oWn mobile phone service. This is useful
too because the mobile phone are smart and usually contain
databases of phone contact information, email addresses,
and other useful contact information that is made readily
available With the cell phone.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
[0046]
The invention is block diagrammed in FIG. 1 for
the case of having short-ranged local-transceivers to com
municate betWeen the mobile phone and basestation. If the
user mobile phone is not equipped With such a local
transceiver, it can be purchases as auxiliary module that
attaches to the mobile phone in an ergonomic and conve
nient fashion. The local-transceivers communicate the audio
and data in tWo-Way communication betWeen the mobile
phone and the basestation. The method of linking the audio
data is illustrated in FIG. 1. FIG. 1 shoWs the signals from
the speaker output of the cell phone connected to the
microphone input of the basestation. It also shoWs the
signals from speaker output of the basestation phone are
connected to microphone input of the cell phone. These
signals are available betWeen the headset jacks of the mobile
phone and base station. These signals at the headset jacks
also require conditioning circuitry to eliminate DC signals or
the phones can be damaged. The DC is there from offset in
ampli?ers, differences in ground potentials, and primarily
because headset are designed to have a DC voltage to bias
the microphone. Acoustic signals entering the microphone
cause electrical audio signal on the microphone Wire. The
basestation then connects to the phone netWork to distribute
the signals to the phone extensions and peripherals.
[0047] The local-transceivers today are of the digital type.
They use spread spectrum encoding to achieve security from
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interception and interference. They also transmit computer
data readily in common formats. In Wireless and cordless
phones, and digital Wired phones these signals may be
The basestation then sends these standardized and necessary
signals over the Wiring of the home or of?ce to activate the
users phone extensions and netWork peripherals. Prior to
available in digital form Within the phone. This Way a
local-transceiver Within these phones may be connect inter
using the basestation the connection of the Wiring in the
nally to these signals during the design of the phone. In other
telephone service line. This is done manually or an optional
sWitch not shoWn may disconnect the Wiring from the Wired
phone service interface at the input to the Wiring in the home
cases, a digital port may provide these audio signals from the
phone along With control signals. The signals from the
headset jacks are analog type and must be converted to
digital form With an analog to digital converter or A/D
before sending to the local-transceivers. Thus the digital
nature of transceivers alloW for options to get the signals
from the mobile phone, and Whether the signal need to be
digitiZed With an A/D.
home or of?ce should be disconnected from the Wired
or office.
[0052] The basestation may also contain a connection to a
computer that can also be established through various means
such as a Wired modem, netWork connection like Ethernet or
Wireless Ethernet provided in the basestation, or USB. A
charger cradle is at times conveniently included in the
[0048] We also recogniZe in this disclosure that the
invented method requires a means communicating the audio,
control data, and digital data betWeen the mobile phone and
the basestation. The frequency and modulation scheme of
the transceivers may vary in applications. For example
basestation to charge the phone. A plurality of chargers may
local-transceivers can be made from tWo pairs of 900 MHZ
transmitters and receivers connected to make transceivers
Phone Extension as disclosed here.
that communicate betWeen the mobile phone and the bas
estation. Another means of communicating the data is to use
Blue Tooth transceivers. Many such transceiver chips have
onboard A/D converters. Later on in this disclosure, the
circuitry is detailed describing the mobile phone extension
by connecting the analog signals from the headset jacks
through circuitry With Wires. The use of the Wireless local
transceivers instead of Wires is recogniZed by analogy. Even
though a particular phone technology may require changed
in the manner in Which the signals are process, the method
of this invention for making a mobile phone extension
remains unchanged.
[0049]
The mobile phone buttons on the keypad 23 are
controlled With the buttons on a phone extension or bases
tation 67. Each time a button on the basestation or phone
extension is pushed an audio dual tone signal is sent on the
phone line, or a touch-tone. Decoding these touch-tone
signals With control circuitry added to the Phone Extension
Interface card 56 recogniZes the activated buttons. Digital
commands corresponding With buttons pushed, or sequences
also be used to accommodate multiple handsets if the
basestation is cordless, or additional mobile phones. These
connections are not described because the technology
already exists but has not been integrated into a Mobile
[0053] It is also possible to have a Wired connection
betWeen the cell phone and the basestation. The cell phone
plugs into the basestation in this case and the audio and data
are exchanged. To disclose We explain in detail a phone
extension system using the said method above. The
described system has the convenience to alloW cell phones
commonly available Without a local transceiver to be con
nected With a simple telephone as a basestation With a piece
of auxiliary equipment called the Phone Extension Interface
card shoWn in FIG. 4. To do this the mobile phone is
connected via its headset jack to the phone Extension
Interface. Such a connection is makes the invention also
convenient to Work With no special cell phone equipment
other than the basestation. The Wiring connections are
illustrated in FIG. 6 for the system. A description of its
operation is noW given.
[0054] The mobile phone is the demonstration is an
LG4400, but other phones Will Work ?ne if the headset jack
is Wired the same. For noncompliant cases, the circuit is
generally applicable, just the pin connections needs reor
controller to activate the buttons or corresponding com
dered. FIG. 2 shoWs a 2.5 mm male stereo phone jack 18
that is used to connect the phone extension interface card 56
to the mobile phone female headset jack 19. FIG. 3 shoWs
a Vs inch stereo phone jack 82 used to connect the phone
extension interface card 56 to the basestation headphone
mand.
jack.
of buttons, are sent to the mobile phone through the bases
tation local Wireless-transceiver. The signals are received by
the mobile phone local Wireless-transceiver and passed to its
[0050]
The phone extensions may be either Wired corded
or cordless phones, or even a Wireless phone or device that
connects directly to the basestation. The phone extensions
are connected to the basestation 84 With the phone Wiring 58
via the Phone Extension Interface card 56. If the user
remains With their original phone as a basestation, thus not
having a transceiver, then the Phone Extension Interface 56
Would be a separate item sold to the user. On the other hand
it can also be integrated Within the basestation. A useful
feature of this invention is there is no need to upgrade the
peripherals attached to the Wired netWork. This saves the
user money.
[0051] Another useful and distinguishing feature With this
invention is the basestation provides the standard Wired
telephone signals Wired signals such as poWer, dial tone, ring
detection and ring generation, and busy signal, and caller ID.
[0055] FIG. 4 illustrates the characteristic of the mobile
phone. The 2.5 mm stereo phone jack 18 of the PEI is used
to connect to the mobile phone through the headphone jack
19. The keypad 23, and Flip-up ears piece 25, and antenna
22 are indicated. The data port and poWer charging port 21
is also shoWn. The phone also has an external antenna port
on the back that is not shoWn.
[0056] The basestation phone 60 and the phone extension
phone 84 are both just common Wired phones. They are
Durabrand corded speakerphone With a headset jack 82.
FIG. 6 shoWs the connection diagram to exchange audio
from basestation 60 With a Wired-phone extension 84 con
nected to the Wall jack 58 of the home or of?ce. The system
Was tested under a simulation condition of having no service
provider. To do so We connected the phone extension 84 to
the phone extension interface 56 With Wire through a R] 11
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Wall plug 58. After all this is the bene?t of the invention, to
allow people to use their home and o?ice equipment Without
a service provider.
[0057] The audio signals received on the cell phone 26 are
connected to the extension phone 84 for communication on
its handset 65 through the Phone Extension Interface card
56. Of course the speakerphone or headset connection of 84
may be used alternatively to the handset 65. Also more than
one extension phone type such as cordless or Wireless is
possible as an extension. It is connected to the phone Wiring
in the home or of?ce through another RJ-ll Wall jack 58 not
shoWn or some suitable equivalent connection. It is also
possible for the basestation to be a cordless phone so it can
reach other handsets belonging to it that Will function as an
extension. In the later case the cordless basestation must also
have a headset jack.
[0058] The basestation phone and extension phone are
Durabrand Model PH-323 purchased at Walmart. Internally
these phones are set to headset mode With the push of a
button 67. These are poWered With a poWer supply 54 of
FIG. 8 that accompanies the basestation interface card. It is
used to poWer and activate the phone line inputs of these
phones. The poWer supply used in my test is shoWn in FIG.
8. The sWitch SW1 is used to energiZe the phones and lines
betWeen the basestation and extension phones that may be
automatically activated When the cell phone connects or no
other Wired service is detected on the Wired lines. The FCC
sets equivalent Wiring circuits for such poWer supplies. Thus
they may require additional circuit components for safety
protection and to preserve signal integrity. These may
include but are not shoWn in the FIG. 8 a parallel capacitor
of 500 HP and a series inductor up to 10H With the voltage
supply V1, and other components. The FCC speci?es opera
tional tolerances on the voltage and the equivalent source
impedance presented to the phone lines.
generate the appropriate phone signals from the poWer
supply card. The energy from the poWer supply may be
provided by a battery source, or by converted main AC.
power. The signals types and poWer types depend Where in
the World the product is used.
[0061] To operate the phone extension We ?rst turn on the
poWer supply through SW1. Next We make our connection
to our extensions by setting the basestation into headset
mode by pushing a key on the keypad 67. The mobile phone
26 is then dialed or ansWered by pushing the required
buttons on the mobile phone. The call is then taken on the
extension phone 84. Pushing the end button on the mobile
phone terminates the call.
[0062]
It is recogniZed that one packaged form of the
invention is as an interface card and a poWer supply With
phone jack connectors to patch in the mobile phone to
another phone acting as a basestation. Another is to package
a holder for the mobile phone and the electronics of the
phone extension interface card Within the basestation. The
holder may also include a charger and support electronics to
establish and issue commands to the mobile phone from the
extension.
[0063] FIG. 9 shoWs a holder 28 for the cell phone that
also acts as a charger. It also provides the electronics and
mechanisms for controlling the actions of the cell phone
from the phone extension. The commands to control method
is indicated in the FIG. 9 schematic that shoWs the mobile
phone 26 in a charger unit 29 along With a ?nger robot. The
?nger robot uses actuator ?ngers 31 to push the buttons of
the mobile phone. The actuators are solenoids like model
EC-30 from Electromechanisms of San Diego that are
energiZed When logic circuitry detects the keys pushed on
the extension by a touch-tone decoder circuit not shoWn
here.
[0059] The purpose of the poWer supply in FIG. 8 is to
alloW the operation of the invention for demonstration
purposes. Additional circuit and components may be added
to the poWer supply in order to make the poWer supply
compliant With FCC rules.
[0064] A poWer supply is required for the actuators, as
Well as any signal condition circuitry and protection cir
[0060] The invention generates additional signals and
board 37 that contains the sWitching transistors, logic driver,
voltage supplies and modulation as required for common
and signal decoder. The control signal may be coded in
cuitry not shoWn. The actuators operate on DC poWer and
DC is sWitched to actuators by the microcontroller driving
transistor sWitches to each one. The poWer is routed through
Wire connection 35 on the charger and run up through circuit
telephone signals such as rings and busy signals, on hook,
simple serial or parallel. The controller can reside on the
and olf hook. Although this invention is described in detail
for an analog phone system, it also applies to a digital phone
Phone Exchange interface. The cable feeding 35 must
system in the home or of?ce. Those skilled in the art are able
to use the information disclosed on this invention to modify
accommodate the number of Wire conductors needed for the
communication protocol. If parallel means is chosen, 8
high-voltage ring signal over the phone lines in the home or
conductors are required for 8 bit communication that is
suf?cient. Abinary to decimal decoder is used as a logic chip
With its outputs connected to the base of the transistor
sWitches that can be 2N222. The duty cycle is loW When
actuating the buttons. At 24 VDC drive voltage the actuators
draW about 83 milliamps. The base Will be at 1.6 volts and
the emitter at 1.0 volts With an emitter resistor of 12 ohm.
The output from the logic chip is 5.0 on state, and We divide
by tWo With a l k 0 voltage divider. Thus the drive voltage
of 25.6 V should Work Well. The poWer supply card of 54 in
FIG. 8 Will also contain the poWer supply that is not shoWn
of?ces. At times the phone lines conditions are monitored to
for these devices. The choice of the poWer supply voltage is
the disclosed poWer supply and provide circuits to generate
the telephone signals in both analog and digital for required
for a commercialization of the invention and to assure FCC
compliance. These circuits process command signals from
the Phone Extension Interface. For example a ring signal
comes in and placed on the audio lines of the phone
extension interface. The signal is recogniZed by a processor
Which issues commands to the said signal generation cir
cuitry. The circuitry then sends the required analog 20-30 HZ
When the phone call is terminated. HoWever, it is equally
a matter of convenience, as the actuators may be custom
good to use a terminations tone sequence on the audio line.
designed for operating voltage and current. The force and
In either case, the audio signal and phone line signals are
monitored by the processor and logic is applied to issue
travel of the actuator are dependent upon distance. To
increase the force the distance must be keep small. To help
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With this a slight prestress is set on the buttons of the mobile
mands issued from the phone extension through touch-tones,
phone With the jack screW that is snugged up by the thumb
or other associated signal detected by the basestation When
Wheel.
functions on the phone extension or handsets are activated.
Since the typical Wired phone does not have a one to one
[0065] The robotic ?ngers 31 are initially positions over
the signi?cant keys of the mobile phone. The ?ngers are
pressed against the keys of the mobile phone by a mechani
cal member that is either a strap, band, or bracket in
combination With and jackscreW 33. Some foam is also
optional not shoWn, to help snug in the phone, but leave the
buttons clear to contact the actuator ?ngers. The ?nger
actuators are housed is in a panel 41 that alloWs for adjust
ment of the position of the actuators. Also the panel slides
to and fro from the backplate 29 thus alloWing an adjustment
of the gap betWeen the panel and backplate. These tWo
features alloW for various types and siZes of mobile phones
to ?t the ?nger robot apparatus. The poWer for the charger
and actuators are provided through electrical connector 35.
The cell phone 26 dataport 21 is also available at the
electrical connector 35. An external mobile antenna, not
shoWn, is also another accessory to the system to enhance
indoor signal levels. The antenna plugs in the back of the
mobile phone through an opening not shoWn in the back
plate 29.
[0066]
correspondence of buttons, some key or a combination of
keys are used to issue mobile phone commands like send.
For example the *, or *# may be recogniZed by the bases
tation to issue a “talk” or “end” commands. These can even
be programmed in the basestation to the desire of the user.
[0071]
Thus We have disclosed several means for control
ling the mobile phone from the phone extension. The control
electronics can be packaged in phone extension interface
module, or Within the basestation. To this point of our
discussion, the control electronics consist of a computer or
microcontroller With control ports, a microcontroller pro
gram to control the operation of the system, memory, a
touch-tone decoder, and touch tone generator. Plus control
circuitry must be included to detect signals and generate
signals occurring on Wired phone systems. These include a
ring detection circuit, ring generator circuit, busy detection
and generation, dial tone generation, and Wired phone
poWer, plus any other communication modules required for
caller ID. These apply for digital or analog phones.
The robotic ?ngers give one method to control the
[0072] Signal conditioning circuitry is at times convenient
mobile phone by sending signal When pushing the buttons
to include in the system. This circuitry enables a reduction
on the phone extension of basestation phone. Relatively feW
in echoes and background noise, and maintains signal levels
?ngers actuators are need for just ansWering but more are
With ampli?cation that are at times needed With longer runs
of Wires and for netWorks With more phone extensions or
need for more complete robot for dialing. Thus What is
claimed is at least one ?nger actuator but more generally We
claim a means of controlling the mobile phone operation.
[0067] Other means are noW described for controlling the
mobile. AWay is to send voice commands to a mobile phone
that has voice recognition such as speed dial. Some cell
phones also have voice recognition capability to recogniZe
numbers and alphabet letters dial and activate keys on the
phone recognition. These verbal commands Would be acti
vated on an appropriately equipped mobile phone by the
audio signals relayed to the mobile phone through the
basestation from verbal commands issued on the extensions.
Another method is send commands in the form of Wireless
message sent betWeen the basestation and the mobile phone
upon the basestation recognizing a command from the audio
peripheral. The signals can be conditioned either to produce
analog or digital signals for transmission to other devices
and netWorks. For digital processing the base station may
include an analog to digital converter A/D, digital signal
processor DSP, a program for the DSP to run in order to
perform its functions, memory for the DSP, and a connection
to digital netWorks such as a LAN. For analog signals there
may be analog circuits and ?lters, and ampli?ers, plus a
connection to an analog data channel and loudspeaker and
microphone for external use. These options exist for the
invention is not limited to having all of these features.
[0073] For the mobile phone carriage charger unit, We
include a mobile phone charger, poWer supply, and a means
for controlling the operation of the mobile phone like robotic
stream the may include touch tones or voice commands. Yet
another Way is to have a voice and data modem internal to
?ngers. For this case We require solenoid poWer, solenoid
the mobile phone that the bases station connects too.
[0068] The LG4400 only has a data modem that is con
trolled by computer data sent to the data port. A voice
means is Wireless communication to control the mobile
modem is needed to connect the audio so conversations can
proceed by initialiZing the phone data port With a digital
command from a PC or microcontroller. Other mobile
phones may have this capability. In this case a microcon
troller having memory and a communication module, or a
computer, connected to the data port of the mobile phone can
open a connection, dial the phone, provide ring detection,
and ansWer the phone.
[0069] A means of communicating betWeen the basesta
signal conditioning and logic sWitching circuit. When the
phone operation, We require a basestation and mobile phone
equipped With short-range transceivers.
[0074] We recogniZe the systems described Works for not
just a Wired extension but also With Wired cordless phones.
The invention described also Works With mobile phones and
basestation With and Without Wireless transceivers. It also
Works in manual mode With common phones in the home or
of?ce.
[0075]
In this simplest case When the basestation may be
just a usual phone With a headphone jack, and the phone
extension interface card and poWer supply Will connect the
mobile audio to the Wired phone extensions and peripherals.
tion and the phone extension is another requirement. This
Way commands from the phone extension be interpreted by
the basestation and then issue the commands and exchange
In this case the cell phone call can be transferred to a bigger
handset, or speakerphone over a phone extension. The call
of data by the said means of communication betWeen the
can be taken by the basestation or on an extension. By
mobile phone and basestation.
implementing a means of controlling the mobile phone from
the phone extension complete audio voice and touchtone
data is exchanged via the phone extension.
[0070] On analog phone systems, the preferred method of
communication betWeen the basestation provided from com
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[0076] If by accompanying the cell phone extension card
With an ampli?er speaker as shown in FIG. 7, it makes for
a nice Way to hear a phone call instead of having the mobile
phone to ones head Where the RF may be a concern, or
Wiring betWeen the Wired telephone company and basesta
tion. Upon activating the mobile phone through a means of
controlling the mobile phone from an extension, the sWitch
disconnects the Wiring from being feed by the Wired tele
Where those With hearing impairments may have dif?culty.
A Radio Shack audio ampli?er and speaker part number
phone service and brings up the phone basestation poWered
277-100BC. Similar a microphone can be connected to the
microphone port, and a speaker phone can be made there as
Well.
calls from the outside When a Wired service provider is still
maintained. In this case, the sWitch detects the ring from
outside Wired line service. It then sWitches the control of the
[0077]
Wiring from the basestation to the Wired service provider.
The sWitch isolates signals from the outside, and also
To use the basestation handset 67 With the mobile
phone and external speaker 90 the connections marked 73
and 71 on FIG. 7 need to be reversed. This is easily done
manually by a sWitch or automatically When the handset of
the basestation is picked off the hook. The cross over sWitch
can be in the Phone Extension Interface card or the bases
tation. The physical location does not impact the invention
as long as the process operates.
[0078] It is noted that in FIG. 7 there exists antisymmetry
in the circuit topology. Also this circuit is unexpected and
not obious as it does not use any sWitches and sufficiently
isolates the speaker and microphone channels With excep
system. Using this sWitch also makes possible to receive
provides a means of communicating With the basestation.
Such means of communication may be a short ranged
Wireless signal With adequate coding, or a even a touch tone
signal generator on the line.
[0081] In the LG4400 cell phone used here, the touch-tone
audio signals are not decoded in the phones headphone jack.
If this feature Were designed into the phone With an alphabet
assigned to the talk and send buttons, We Would be able to
directly dial the telephone from the touch-tone signals
provided by our basestation and phone extension. Also, the
ringer tone on the phone is not sent through the headphone
tional audio quality and no noticeable delay or reverberation
audio either. If this Were the case, our system could recog
betWeen channels. Many speaker phones have the problem
niZe ring tones directly through the signals from the mobile
of reverberation betWeen audio and microphone channels,
and require signal processing to cancel the reverberation.
phones headset jack.
This circuit surprisingly does not add detrimental reverbera
tion or cross talk betWeen the speaker and microphone
[0082] Nevertheless, We introduce this invention With the
understanding that other Ways to connect the data Will
channels perhaps because of the balance in phase delays in
the interface circuit. Such an audio connection can be used
continue to develop and be recogniZed by those in the art.
Till then We disclose a Way to make this invention Without
in any devices that has an analog speaker and microphone
having to have signi?cant softWare investment. FIG. 10
channel and thus many uses are envisioned in either audio
jack connections or internal electronic connections. This is
shoWs a How chart indicating the control process How of a
full system. Thus We use the robotic ?nger dialer to dial. To
because the audio signal from the mobile phone speaker at
perform the ring detection and to send a ring alert to the
connection 15 requires some attenuation. A reduction in
extensions, We use a microphone, not shoWn, near either the
input voltage of Z/3 results from the voltage divider. The input
cable connecting the mobile to the basestation or in the
improve the protection of components and the frequency
holder unit depending upon the packaging. The tone is
recorded by setting the phone to ring. Then a signal pro
cessing method for example cross correlation is used to
recogniZe the signal. A threshold detector then triggers the
circuit to ring the extensions on the phone lines.
response of the system the method of this invention remains
unaffected.
formed on Wireless devices, this invention offers a Way for
should be keep around 200 mV maximum. Requirements on
current limiting and frequency response are not optimiZed
here, but the system Works ?ne. Variations to the circuit
component parameters and the addition of components may
[0079] The invention also alloWs the transfer of audio date
betWeen mobile phones and devices that record audio or
play audio like tape players and digital music players to the
phone extensions and peripherals on the netWork. The audio
is transferred from the headphone signals into the Phone
Extension Interface card in place of the mobile phone
connection. Alternatively, the audio headphone jack may be
plugged into the basestation side of the Phone Extension
Interface card. Phone jack adaptors and converters may be
required.
[0083] Till all communication becomes completely per
people to save money on their phone bills by having one
type of phone service, namely a mobile Wireless service.
Also the users of this invention save money by not having
to throW aWay their Wired phone equipment as short-range
digital Wireless devices develop. The invention also pro
vides convenient Ways for users to keep their comfort Zone
With technology by alloWing the use of their existing Wired
equipment. Users also still maintain the comfort of having a
home phone number even though they have no home Wired
service. To those With disabilities such as hearing difficulties
or arthritis this invention lets them have the freedom to
[0080] Depending upon the user’s particular needs these
control their mobile phone from their favorite Wired-phone
accessories may accompany this invention. If a Wired ser
extension or peripheral device. The invention does also
makes simple the connection of a mobile phone to the home
or office Wired netWork so the expanded feature of the
mobile phone can be used.
vice provider is used With this system, such a button could
also be triggered to effectively disconnect the service pro
vider connection to the home or of?ce. Such circuitry is not
shoWn here but one skilled in art can activate a sWitch to do.
The sWitch should reside close enough to the phone interface
Dialing Method:
box to disconnect the desired portion of the home or office
[0084]
phone netWork from the Wired telephone service provider.
the mobile phone from the phone extension. Those skilled in
Such a sWitch can toggle the control of the home or office
the art are able to implement the description in various
Amethod is further described as a means of dialing
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hardware and software con?gurations. Nevertheless, such
methods are still claimed as a means of dialing and ansWer
ing the mobile phone for this extension.
[0085] The proprietary nature of cellular phones data port
connections results in many con?gurations Without stan
dards. Thus to gain access to the port With neW products
tion is made to the earpiece. The equivalent connection is
made either acoustically or electrically. Electrically, the
connection is a similar scheme as that shoWn in FIG. 7, but
the mobile phone is replaced by the transceiver. These
earpiece and mobile phone are poWer by the appropriate
charger signals. The chargers also maintain the battery levels
usually requires marketing and business arrangements With
in the phone and the headset as needed.
various cellular phone manufactures and service providers.
[0090] To understand the operation We describe some
details of hoW the basic earpiece and voice command With
a Bluetooth phone operates. The earpiece or headset has a
To Work around, several means of controlling the mobile
phone from With the Mobile Phone Extension are claimed.
One already described is by using a ?nger-robot that pro
vides mechanical actuation of the button on the mobile
phone. Another method also previously described uses voice
commands that are recogniZed by the Mobile Phone Exten
sion, or by the mobile phone. Yet another method is the
direct connection to the serial port, either RS-232 or USB of
the phone.
button required pushing to activate the voice control of the
mobile phone and to ansWer the phone. The user pushed the
button and the phone is ansWered or the voice-command is
spoken. The acoustic signal is received in the microphone in
the earpiece. The phone sends audio prompts to earpiece and
the user replies With spoken commands. The data is
exchanged betWeen the earpiece and the mobile phone via
the Bluetooth RF betWeen devices. When not using a
[0086]
Further details of a voice command system are noW
disclosed using a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. Blue
tooth is a communication protocol that compresses speech to
result in less required bandWidth. Additionally, mobile
phones equipped With this capability are also equipped With
voice recognition and dial features. Such voice commands
are accessed through a Wireless Bluetooth headset. A DSP
chip like a Texas Instrument TI320C may be used instead of
or With a microcontroller to aid in the speech and tone
recognition commands. The capability and complexity are
dependent upon the marketing approach and product line
level.
[0087] As more mobile phones come standard With Blue
tooth, it is expected those users Will invest in a Bluetooth
Wireless headset or earpiece. It is thus desirable to offer the
Mobile Phone Extension as inexpensive as possible but
alloW for all of the features of a Wireless headset through the
Wired phone resources of the home or offices. Since the
Wired home resources are not expected to go aWay and the
many Wired phones in use Will remain so for some time.
What We hope to provide for those users is a reduction in
telephone cost by using those resources With their mobile
phone through the Mobile Phone Extension.
[0088] The Mobile Phone Extension can contain its oWn
Bluetooth transceiver or use the Wireless earpiece or head
sets. In this manner, the ?rst marketing of the invention as
Wireless earpiece the voice commands are issued directly
into the mobile phone handset.
[0091]
A method is noW described to make the Wireless
earpiece operate With the Phone Extension. In the presented
method the mobile phone is controlled by the through the
earpiece transceiver by the Mobile Phone Extension. There
are tWo cases, to consider. One is Where the earpiece requires
the mechanical connection acoustic signals and mechanical
sWitch activation. The other is Where an electronic interface
exists With the earpiece.
[0092] If the earpiece has only a button to activate voice
command, then one means of controlling the earpiece is to
use a robotic ?nger to press the button that activates the
voice control feature. The analog acoustic signals to the
microphone, and from the speaker are acoustically coupled
in a chamber housing the earpiece. The chamber also
includes a microphone and speaker that are electronically
connected to the Mobile Phone Extension Interfaces. The
earpiece or headset is placed into a holder containing a
chamber to alloW good acoustic transmission and reception
betWeen the microphone and speaker of the Phone Extension
Interface and the speaker and microphone of the earpiece
respectively. In this manner speech commands are sent from
the extensions on the Mobile Phone Extension. To activate
the button of the earpiece or headset, a touch-tone key is
pressed on the phone extension. The touch-tone is decoded
a convenient adaptor With circuitry connecting the Wired
and recogniZed to activate the push button through the
phone resources to the Wireless headsets that talk With the
mechanical ?nger through a solenoid actuator. The audio is
mobile phone. This approach is unique for our market. First,
this approach offers reduced product cost by excluding a
Bluetooth Transceiver in the Phone Extension basestation.
directly coupled through the air in the chamber. Care is
required in designing the chamber With absorbing material
and cross-talk decoupler is required to get the best audio
Secondly, it avoids the need for unraveling the proprietary
quality.
connections to the mobile phone. These points yield a nice
marketing position When introducing the Mobile Extension
[0093] Apurely electronic connection is possible When the
Products.
headset or earpiece is equipped With an analog audio input
and output and control button access. This may also apply
[0089] To use the Wireless Bluetooth connection, the cus
tomer purchases a mobile phone and earpiece that are both
Bluetooth enabled and support voice control. We use
controlling the phone and exchanging real time audio. What
throughout the Words earpiece, headset, and Bluetooth trans
ceiver similarly. They perform the same functional, and all
have a transceiver capable of sending duplex audio and have
an analog-audio input and output function. These devices are
connected the Mobile Phone Interface Card, and then turned
on. NoW instead of the Mobile Phone Interface Card having
a direct connection to mobile phone audio jack, the connec
for a Bluetooth transceiver any RF transceiver capable of
is important is the transceiver has a jack to use With a Wired
headset, or contains connectivity options for an external
microphone and speaker, and activation button. In that
manner an olf-the-shelf solution is available because the
Phone Extension Interfaces phone jack Will plug into the
Bluetooth transceiver.
[0094] The operation is as folloWs. When the phone exten
sion presses the talk-button to ansWers a mobile phone call
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a unique touch-tone signal is generated. The call then
prompt menu. Some of these may also accept touch-tone
proceeds as usual until an end-button is pushed. When
options. When multiple keys are pressed a time gate is used
dialing is to begin, again the talk-button is pushed on the
or a selected end character like * is used to terminate the
phone extension. Then the user is prompted for a voice
command. Alternatively, a touch-tone sequence is entered to
dial the call.
sequence of keys. Another symbol like ** is used to restart
the command, by issuing a command not recogniZed or to go
back to the menu. Clearly the chosen symbol set must not
[0095] Analog touch-tones are not usually recogniZed
When sent through the analog headset of the mobile phones.
con?ict With common touch-tone telephony menus. Since
phones have difference voice menu systems, the user of the
Phone Extension Interfaces can have the option to record the
This is the case for the LG4400. Similarly digital Wireless
audio transmission usually use audio compression With
coders and decoders called Codecs, like Bluetooth, and do
not alWays pass touch-tones through the Wireless connec
tion. In this case, We send prerecorded voice commands to
the headset or directly to the mobile phone When the
touch-tone key is pushed. Thus We establish a translator of
touch-tones to voice commands.
commands. Optionally, the Mobile Phone Extensions With
the translator may be sold With prerecorded commands made
for each of the major mobile phone providers. Optionally, an
LCD or equivalent display of the commands is also available
on the Mobile Phone BaseStation or Mobile Phone Interface
Cards.
[0101]
This application discloses a method to make the
Mobile Phone Extension With a Wireless connection using a
[0096] In cases When no electrical interface to the phone
or earpiece is available, a mechanical ?nger actuator is used
Bluetooth enabled phone and Bluetooth earpiece. What has
to push the button. It is activated When detection circuitry
been described is a loW cost method to provide mobile phone
detects a special voice command or touch-tone code.
control With minimal need to access the communication
[0097] In the other case Where the earpiece has an analog
electrical interface, the Phone Extension Interface
protocol betWeen the Bluetooth transceiver and the mobile
phone. With cooperation by mobile phone and accessory
exchanges electrical signals instead of acoustic signals.
manufactures, access to the audio signals on the Bluetooth
Manufacturers may need to modify their earpiece to alloW
electrical connections to the microphone, speaker, and voice
command activation sWitch. In this con?guration, the Phone
Extension Interface, can decode a special speech command
phone.
earpiece or transceivers may be made possible. The earpiece
decodes the touch-tones and then sends the digital control
commands via voice commands or to operate the mobile
or touch-tone code and activate the voice command by
[0102]
activating the electrical equivalent of the push-button
ceiver a claim in this invention is the use of a convenient
sWitch.
Way for implementing control of a mobile phone from
[0098]
In the case Where activation is by electrically
closing the sWitch a method of solution is as folloWs. The
sWitch is a transistor or equivalent sWitch activated in the
earpiece or phone from a DC signal generated by the
touch-tone decoder upon recognizing a prescribed activation
code. After activation the user of the Phone Extension hears
and responds verbally or issues touch-tones to the audio
promptings from the mobile phone. When touch-tones are
issued and the particular mobile phone or earpiece does not
have the ability to recogniZe touch-tones, corresponded
prerecorded speech audio is played upon issuing the touch
tone commands.
[0099] An implementation of touch-tone decoding is by
using the integrated circuit CM8870 from California Micro
devices. The control logic is provided by a microcontroller
like the PICl6F84. The recorded voice commands are done
With a record and play chip available from Digikey as part
number ISD2560P-ND. Other solutions exist, like using a
Whether using an earpiece or a stand alone trans
Mobile Phone Extension via a Bluetooth or equivalent audio
Wireless connection through an transceiver device such as an
earpiece, headset, or standalone audio transceiver. This
claim alloWs the Mobile Phone Extension to function effec
tively Without using a Bluetooth enable computer or other
Bluetooth telephone device system. The transceiver devices
may be sold separately as add-on module to phones, Wireless
headsets, earpieces, or transceivers but contain option to
connect to the Mobile Phone Extension.
[0103] If the audio communication Wireless link has pro
vision for decoding analog touch-tone signals in the trans
ceiver, then the touch-tones are sent right into the analog
input of the of the audio jack of the mobile phone or Wireless
transceiver. In the case of analog mobile phone connections
or analog Wireless RF links there is no problem doing so. It
may not generally be the case for digital audio processing on
mobile phones.
DSP processor such as a PIC-DSP or similar With Word and
[0104]
number synthesizer. A translation table of touch-tone key
a digital Wireless audio connection What is needed is a
DTMF touch-tone decoder in the Bluetooth transceiver at
combinations is made to correspond to a voice command
used by the phone. Each number and symbol corresponding
to the touch-tone sequence has its spoken equivalent prere
To make a straight forWard touch-tone interface for
audio analog inputs. In this Way the dialing and operational
commands from extension keypads of the Mobile Phone
corded on the ISD2560P chip. When keys on the Phone
Extension are directly translated to corresponding com
Extension keypad are pushed, the corresponding spoken
mands on the mobile phone. Thus We claim the use of a
Bluetooth or RF transceiver module have a touch-tone
equivalent is played through to the earpiece and sent to the
mobile phone. The party on the phone extension can also
hear the spoken commands When using touch-tone mode. A
lookup table is used to knoW What spoken command is to be
played for the touch-tone sequence. For multiple touch
decoder resulting in corresponding Wireless messages that
are exchanged betWeen the mobile phone and resulting in
the issuing of corresponding operational commands to
touchtone inputs. Such an addition can be made into the
tone-key sequences a time delay threshold is set.
earpiece, headset, or audio transceiver.
[0100] A touch tone control language is developed to
correspond to the mobile phone voice command system
[0105] When the touch-tone decoder is not available in a
Bluetooth transceiver as described another option exists to