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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Input Device with Switchable Frequency Channel", for Approval

June 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Brillhart, David C. (Orlando, FL); Dawson, Christopher J. (Arlington, VA); Karels, Nicholas J. (Aurora, IL); Seaman, James W. (Falls Church, VA), filed on January 31, 2014, was made available online on June 5, 2014.

The patent's assignee is International Business Machines Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to input devices, and more specifically, to input devices having radio transceivers.

"Many settings exist wherein computer system users require the simultaneous use of multiple computer systems. For example, in a call center offering technical support services, a support specialist may be stationed at a desk with a first computer system for use in creating and managing customer call records and a second computer system for use in performing research over the Internet to diagnose and solve the callers' presented technical problems. The support specialist's supervisor may be stationed at a similarly equipped desk, but may also use the computer systems at the support specialist's desk from time to time to assist the support specialist in handling a call. Typically, a separate set of input devices is connected to each computer system. Thus, in the call center example, there may be two sets of input devices on the support specialist's desktop and on the support supervisor's desktop. The term 'input device' is used herein to refer to a device that can be utilized to insert data into a computer system. Examples of an input device include a mouse, a keyboard, a track ball, a scanner, and a microphone."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "According to one embodiment of the present invention, an input device is provided for switchable use between first and second computer systems. The input device comprises a radio transceiver having an operating channel, an input mechanism, and a controller communicatively coupled to the radio transceiver and the input mechanism, the controller being configured to execute switching logic to direct the radio transceiver to switch the operating channel to a first channel monitored by the first computer system in response to a first event, the controller being further configured to execute the switching logic to direct the radio transceiver to switch the operating channel to a second channel monitored by the second computer system in response to a second event. The input device can be utilized to insert data into the first computer system in response to the radio transceiver switching the operating channel to the first channel, and the input device can be utilized to insert data into the second computer system in response to the radio transceiver switching the operating channel to the second channel.

"According to another embodiment of the present invention, a computer system is provided for switching an operating channel of a radio transceiver. The computer system comprises the radio transceiver, a controller, and a computer readable storage medium. The computer system further comprises first program instructions to determine whether an event detected by the controller is a first event or a second event, second program instructions to direct the radio transceiver to switch the operating channel to a first channel monitored by a first system in response to determining that the event is the first event, and third program instructions to direct the radio transceiver to switch the operating channel to a second channel monitored by a second system in response to determining that the event is the second event. The first, second, and third program instructions are stored on the computer readable storage medium for execution by the controller.

"According to another embodiment of the present invention, a computer program product is provided for switching an operating channel of a radio transceiver of an input device. The input device further comprises a controller communicatively coupled to the radio transceiver. The computer program product comprises a computer readable storage medium, first program instructions to determine whether an event detected by the controller is a first event or a second event, second program instructions to direct the radio transceiver to switch the operating channel to a first channel monitored by a first computer system in response to determining that the event is the first event, and third program instructions to direct the radio transceiver to switch the operating channel to a second channel monitored by a second computer system in response to determining that the event is the second event. The first, second, and third program instructions are stored on the computer readable storage medium.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIGS. 1A-1B are illustrations of systems according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIGS. 2A-2B are hardware overviews of systems according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 is a hardware overview of an input device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIGS. 4A-4E are illustrations of systems according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 is a flowchart for the process of switching an operating channel of a radio transceiver of an input device according to an embodiment of the present invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Brillhart, David C.; Dawson, Christopher J.; Karels, Nicholas J.; Seaman, James W. Input Device with Switchable Frequency Channel. Filed January 31, 2014 and posted June 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2049&p=41&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140529.PD.&OS=PD/20140529&RS=PD/20140529

Keywords for this news article include: International Business Machines Corporation.

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