Multiple integrated machine system

  • US 6,806,977 B1
  • Filed: 12/24/1999
  • Issued: 10/19/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/31/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A multiple integrated machine system capable of performing as at least two or more digital machines, the multiple integrated machine system comprising:

  • two or more digital machine elements controlled by the same operating system, each of the digital machine elements including hardware portions and software portions and each digital machine element being capable of performing as part of one of the digital machines, each of the digital machine elements being different;

    a digital machine element grouping control unit automatically and operatively connecting predetermined digital machine elements in a first combination to form a first digital machine upon receipt of a first digital machine selection whereby the digital machine elements forming the first digital machine are capable of performing one or more functions of the first digital machine, and automatically and operatively connecting predetermined digital machine elements in a second combination to form a second digital machine upon receipt of a second digital machine selection whereby the digital machine elements forming the second digital machine are capable of performing one or more functions of the second digital machine, the first combination of predetermined digital machine elements being different from the second combination of digital machine elements;

    a first subgroup function control unit associated with the first digital machine for selecting for use one or more function modes to be performed by the first digital machine; and

    a second subgroup function control unit associated with the second digital machine for selecting for use one or more function modes to be performed by the second digital machine, wherein the first digital machine is a small office home office digital machine having at least two of the function modes selected from the group comprising a message center mode, a storage center mode, a document center mode, and an internet center mode with at least one of the message center mode, the storage center mode, the document center mode, and the internet center mode having an email function, and wherein the first subgroup function control unit selects for use one of the message center mode, the storage center mode, the document center mode, and the internet center mode.

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