Group communication device and method

  • US 7,046,993 B2
  • Filed: 05/26/2004
  • Issued: 05/16/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for establishing a group of mobile terminals comprising:

  • coupling together mobile terminals by placing the terminals in close proximity to each other;

    initiating a group creation command from at least one of said terminals by provoking information including an identification code of the at least one of said terminals and a reference to the group to a next terminal in a sequence of one group of terminals by a coupling comprising at least one of physical contact, magnetic coupling, inductive coupling and capacitive coupling;

    adding, at said next terminal, to the information received from a preceding terminal an identification code of the next terminal and repeating the addition of an identification code of a next terminal to the information until a last terminal of the sequence of terminals receives the information;

    collecting all information at said last terminal into group information andproviding said group information to all other terminals of the group.

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