Data capture system with communicating and recharging docking apparatus and hand-held data terminal means cooperable therewith

  • US 6,375,344 B1
  • Filed: 05/14/1996
  • Issued: 04/23/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. In a data capture system,a hand-held data terminal having size and weight to be held in one hand, and having an exterior;

  • a rechargeable battery for supplying power to said hand-held data terminal during portable operation;

    a terminal receptacle for releasably receiving said hand-held data terminal for the recharging of said rechargeable battery;

    said hand-held data terminal having electrical contact pads for coupling with said rechargeable battery;

    said terminal receptacle having cooperating electrical contacts for engagement with the electrical contact pads of said hand-held data terminal when inserted into said terminal receptacle such that recharging of said rechargeable battery can be effected via said electrical contact pad and the cooperating electrical contact in engagement therewith, said hand-held data terminal having said electrical contact pad substantially flush with said exterior thereof, said cooperating electrical contact of said terminal receptacle being resiliently urged for pressure engagement with said electrical contact pad without requiring any substantial penetration of the terminal receptacle into the hand-held data terminal, and the receptacle engaging the hand-held data terminal and holding the hand-held data terminal to maintain said pressure engagement between said electrical contact pad and the cooperating electrical contact, said terminal receptacle having a generally vertical wall with the cooperating electrical contact being resiliently urged in direction away from said vertical wall, and an end of the hand-held data terminal with said electrical contact pad being moved downwardly to align said electrical contact pad with said cooperating electrical contact, and said terminal receptacle having constraining surfaces constraining said end of said hand-held data terminal as it is moved downwardly to ensure alignment of respective electrical contact pads with the respective cooperating electrical contacts.

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