Vehicular sound-processing system incorporating an interior mirror user-interaction site for a restricted-range wireless communication system

  • US 6,906,632 B2
  • Filed: 07/08/2002
  • Issued: 06/14/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicular sound-processing system suitable for use in a vehicle, said vehicular sound-processing system, comprising:

  • an interior cabin of the vehicle;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly in said interior cabin of the vehicle, said mirror assembly comprising a mirror having including a reflective element, said mirror assembly adapted for attachment to one of a windshield portion and a header portion of said interior cabin or the vehicle;

    an accessory located in said interior cabin of the vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a user-interaction site for a wireless communication system;

    said wireless communication system comprising a restricted-rage wireless communication system, said restricted-range wireless communication system wirelessly communicating with said accessory;

    said accessory comprising at least one of a computer, a personal display accessory, a cellular phone, a pager, and an automatic tollbooth payment system;

    said user-interaction site comprising one chosen from a single-element microphone and a plurality of microphones, said one chosen from a single-element microphone and a plurality of microphones operable for producing an audio output in response to detection of vocal input of a human speaker in said interior cabin with vehicle cabin noise superimposed thereon;

    said user-interaction site further comprising at least one manually operated control input;

    said restricted-range wireless communication system comprising one of a radio-frequency restricted-range wireless communication system and an infrared restricted-range wireless communication system; and

    wherein signals indicative of said vocal input are wirelessly broadcast to said accessory located in said interior cabin of the vehicle.

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