Operator-controlled interactive communication device

  • US 5,638,427 A
  • Filed: 07/01/1994
  • Issued: 06/10/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/01/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An operator controlled interactive communication device for transmitting and receiving data, the communication device comprising:

  • a display integrated in the communication device, displaying messages generated within the communication device or received by the communication device from an external source;

    an input device integrated in the communication device, arranged to input, by an operator, data to the communication device;

    a communication transmission interface integrated in the communication device, to operatively connect a transmission medium to the communication device;

    a telephone handset connector operatively connecting a telephone handset to the communication device for external communication over the transmission medium;

    a computer connector operatively connecting a computer to the communication device for external communication over the communication transmission interface and for reprogramming of a reprogrammable memory of the communication device; and

    a remote interactive communication connector operatively connecting a remote interactive communication system within a machine being monitored,wherein the input device and remote interactive communication connector provide the communication device with a flexibility to be used with both a machine having a remote interactive communication system and a machine without a remote interactive communication system.

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