Thursday, August 03, 2006

The C-Phone Refuses No Receiver

This morning the USPTO published some details about Sanyo's forthcoming combo cell phone/TV in patent application 20060172760. It's been in the works for a while since the first filing for this version was way back on March 17, 2003 in Japan, but this is our first look at it.

The big question with any portable TV player is simple. Where do you put the receiver? And the issue is compounded when you integrate the TV player into a cell phone. Sanyo presented two reasonable concepts in their patent application. Here are the exploded views showing how the receiver connects to the cell phone for two different embodiments:

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