Adding peripheral devices to mobile devices via smart interchangeable cover

  • US 7,079,864 B2
  • Filed: 11/20/2002
  • Issued: 07/18/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/17/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An interchangeable cover comprising:

  • a cover body adapted to mate with a mobile device, and to serve as a cover of the mobile device, the mobile device having an extension interface;

    an input/output (I/O) interface disposed on the cover body, and adapted to engage with the extension interface of the mobile device;

    at least one peripheral device disposed on an exterior surface of the cover body; and

    an electronic component, disposed on an interior surface of the cover body, coupled to the peripheral device and the I/O interface, the electronic component being separate and distinct from the at least one peripheral device and configured to facilitate adding the at least one peripheral device to the mobile device mated with the cover body, through said I/O and extension interfaces, as peripheral device(s) of the mobile device.

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