JP2002140162A - Input device, input operation system, input operation method, information equipment and storage medium - Google Patents

Input device, input operation system, input operation method, information equipment and storage medium

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JP2002140162A
JP2002140162A JP2000333494A JP2000333494A JP2002140162A JP 2002140162 A JP2002140162 A JP 2002140162A JP 2000333494 A JP2000333494 A JP 2000333494A JP 2000333494 A JP2000333494 A JP 2000333494A JP 2002140162 A JP2002140162 A JP 2002140162A
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Ichiko Mayuzumi
いち子 黛
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(57) [Problem] To provide an input device that is turned on when a videophone connection is made, a wireless link is established, and turned off when the connection is cut off. SOLUTION: When a videophone or an IP phone is activated on a multimedia phone main body 101 and a telephone is connected, an audio channel link is established between the multimedia phone main body 101 and a wireless mouse 102.
The microphone 206 attached to the wireless mouse 102 is set to the ON state, and an audio signal is input to the multimedia phone main body 101 through the microphone 206. When the microphone 206 is set to the ON state, the wireless mouse 102 does not shift to the power saving mode even if no mouse operation signal is generated.

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0001]

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to an input device such as a wireless mouse used for a multimedia phone, an input operation system, an input operation method, an information device, and a storage medium.

[0002]

2. Description of the Related Art In recent years, in Japan, similar to the U.S.A., an ADSL system always-on IP connection using an existing ordinary telephone line and a similar IP always-on connection using a Cable have been widely used in ordinary households. The accompanying expansion of services is expected in the future.

[0003] These applications using the IP connection at all times include a videophone by IP connection and VoIP (Voice Over I), which is one of the more familiar ones.
An IP telephone according to P) is known. This is also called a multimedia phone, and realizes ordinary telephone functions by transmitting video and audio in IP packets.

[0004] Conventionally, many videophones are large-scale using dedicated products, and most of them are used in offices. After that, as a personal device for enjoying a videophone, a device for realizing a videophone using a personal computer has appeared.

[0005] This is a video conference system comprising a codec board of a PCI bus inserted into an expansion slot of a personal computer, a camera, a microphone (hereinafter, referred to as a microphone), a speaker, a personal computer, and software (application software) operating thereon. It is called.

[0006] In this video conference system, a mouse and a keyboard of a personal computer are the main operation systems, and images are displayed on a monitor of the personal computer. The camera and microphone are connected to the personal computer, but most of them are connected to the interface mounted on the back of the personal computer. For this reason, cameras and microphones are placed near the personal computer body, so there is little freedom in arrangement, and if you try to shoot away from the camera, you will move away from the microphone and you will not be able to hear sound well There was inconvenience that we could not arrange.

On the other hand, there is a method of using a wireless microphone as a means for solving the problem concerning the arrangement of the microphone, but it is expensive as a system and is not practical for personal use.

On the other hand, various wireless mice have been proposed today, such as those using infrared communication or weak radio waves. Also, since it is wireless, various measures have been taken to reduce power consumption. For example, in Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. H11-143631, when the contact detection sensor provided on the mouse detects that the user is touching the mouse, the power of the mouse is turned on. In addition, it is shown that the power of the mouse is turned off when a certain period of time has elapsed after it is detected that the user has released his / her hand from the mouse.

FIG. 7 is a block diagram showing the configuration of a conventional power-saving mouse. The mouse 1a includes a coordinate signal generation unit 2 that generates a signal when the mouse 1a moves or clicks a click button.
a, a coordinate signal output unit 3a that outputs the amount of movement of the mouse 1a during coordinate movement and information data when a button is pressed, and a power control unit 4a that controls power supply to the mouse 1a.

The power control unit 4a includes a changeover switch 5a having a terminal A for turning off the power of the mouse and a terminal B for monitoring and turning off the power, a vibration detection sensor 6a, and a measuring unit 7a for measuring the time during which no coordinate signal is generated. A selector unit 8a that outputs a signal for switching from terminal B to terminal A by the changeover switch 5a in response to a notification from the measuring unit 7a, and a mouse 1a.
A reference time setting unit 9a for setting a reference time for determining the presence / absence of the operation. Further, the time measuring unit 7a
It includes a measuring unit 72a for detecting that the time set by the coordinate signal generating unit 2a has come. The reference time setting unit 9a
Switches the reference time with a dip switch or a strap.

When the user operates the mouse 1a, vibration is given to the mouse 1a, and the vibration detection sensor 6a detects the vibration and switches the changeover switch 5a from the terminal SA to the terminal S.
By switching between -B, power is supplied to the inside of the mouse 1a.

When the operation of the mouse 1a is stopped, the coordinate signal is no longer output from the coordinate signal output section 3a, and the clock 71a of the time measuring section 7a starts counting time. The measuring unit 72a monitors the reference time set in the reference time setting unit 9a and the count time of the clock 71a. Then, when the count time of the clock 71a reaches the reference time, the measuring unit 72a sends a power switching request signal to the selector unit 8a. The selector unit 8a includes the measuring unit 7
2a, receives a power switching request signal from the
The terminal A is switched from the terminal B to the terminal A. By this switching,
The power of the mouse 1a is turned off.

As described above, when it is detected that the user is touching the mouse 1a, the power of the mouse 1a is turned on.
When a certain period of time has passed after detecting that the user has released the hand from the mouse 1a, the power of the mouse 1a is turned off.
Set to FF.

[0014]

As described above, conventionally, when a videophone call is made using a personal computer or a multimedia phone, peripheral devices such as a camera and a microphone are connected to the personal computer or the multimedia phone. In order to increase the length of the wiring around these units, for example, connection to a monitor or videophone connection, or to keep the wiring short, the user must bother to sit close to these units. I had to.

On the other hand, these wireless microphones that can be used without being connected to the main body are expensive and cannot be used easily by individuals.

For this reason, there has been a demand for a microphone which can be used at the user's hand and which is easy to use for videophone applications.

When a microphone attached to a wireless mouse is used in a videophone application, the microphone is automatically turned on under the condition that the mouse is not touched even though the mouse is used as a voice input means. Is turned off, so that there is a problem that the mouse must be always touched. Furthermore, in most cases, the mouse operation is not performed in the videophone application, so that it is very inconvenient to always touch the mouse.

Accordingly, the present invention provides an input device, an input operation system, an input operation method, and information which can keep a microphone in an effective state even when not touching an input device such as a mouse to avoid turning off the power. It is intended to provide a device and a storage medium.

[0019]

In order to achieve the above object, an input device according to a first aspect of the present invention is an input device having voice input means and operating an information device wirelessly, In the case where the information device is used as a telephone using the voice input unit, the information input device includes a voice input on unit that sets the voice input unit to an on state in response to the start of a telephone connection with a partner. It is characterized by.

[0020] Further, there is provided a voice input off means for setting the voice input means to an off state in response to disconnection of the telephone connection with the other party.

Further, the voice input on means sets the voice input means to an on state in accordance with a command transmitted from the information device, and the voice input off means responds to a command transmitted from the information device. Therefore, the voice input means is set to an off state.

In the case where the information device is used as a telephone, the voice input on means may switch a voice channel between the information device and the input device in response to the start of a telephone connection with a partner. Establishing a link.

Furthermore, the voice input off means disconnects a voice channel link between the information device and the input device in response to a disconnection of the telephone with the other party. .

When it is determined that no operation has been performed by the user, a shift means shifts to a power saving mode.
When the voice input unit is in an ON state, the system includes a prohibition unit that prohibits a transition to the power saving mode.

Further, there is provided a signal generating means for generating a signal corresponding to the operation, and a contact detecting means for detecting a contact by a user, wherein the transition means is provided when the signal has not been generated for a predetermined time, or When the contact by the user is not detected, it is determined that the user has not operated, and the mode is shifted to the power saving mode.

A contact detecting means for detecting a contact by the user, and a contact by the user detected by the contact detecting means during a period in which the voice input means is in an on state, and it is determined that the operation is being performed by the user. And a mute means for erasing the audio signal.

Further, audio output means for outputting audio,
When the information device is used as a telephone, there is provided an audio output on unit for setting the audio output unit to an on state.

Further, a key input means with a cover is provided,
When the information device is used as a telephone, a number can be input from the key input means.

Further, a secondary battery is provided, and the secondary battery can be used while being charged.

Also, the present invention is characterized in that the present invention is applied to a wireless mouse for operating the information device by wireless communication.

Further, the information device functions as a videophone or an IP phone by executing an application.

The input operation system according to claim 14 is
An input operation system for wirelessly operating an information device using an input device having a voice input unit, wherein when the information device is used as a telephone using the voice input unit, connection of a telephone with a partner is started. Voice input on means for setting the voice input means to an on state, and voice input for setting the voice input means to an off state in response to disconnection of a telephone connection with the other party. Off means.

An input operation method according to a fifteenth aspect is an input operation method for operating an information device wirelessly using an input device having a voice input means, wherein the information device is telephone-operated using the voice input means. When used as, the step of setting the voice input means to the ON state in response to the start of the telephone connection with the other party, and the above-mentioned in response to the disconnection of the telephone connection with the other party, Setting the voice input means to an off state.

An information device according to claim 16, which is an information device operated wirelessly by an input device having voice input means, wherein when the information device is used as a telephone using the voice input means, a telephone call with the other party is made. In response to the connection being started, an on-command transmitting unit that transmits a command to set the voice input unit to the on state to the information device, and in response to the disconnection of the telephone connection with the other party And an off command transmitting means for transmitting a command for setting the voice input means to the off state to the information device.

18. A storage medium according to claim 17, wherein said storage medium has voice input means, is mounted on an input device that wirelessly operates an information device, and stores a program executed by a computer that controls said input device. At
When the program uses the information device as a telephone by using the voice input unit, a step of setting the voice input unit to an ON state in response to the start of a telephone connection with a partner, Setting the voice input means to an off state in response to the disconnection of the telephone with the other party.

[0036]

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Embodiments of an input device, an input operation system, an input operation method, an information device and a storage medium according to the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings. FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a configuration of a multimedia phone. Multimedia phones are non-PC based, videophone, IP phone,
It realizes functions such as Web browsing, e-mail, image album, music album, movie album, and the like.

Reference numeral 101 denotes a multimedia phone body (information terminal), a filing function represented by videophone, IP phone, Web browsing, e-mail, image / voice storage, image / voice input / output, and digital source. Of digital processing.

As a multimedia phone interface, a digital camera 104 serving as image input means, a television (display device) 105 serving as image output means, and a remote control 10 for operating the multimedia phone main body 101.
3 and a wireless communication unit 106 are provided.

In the present embodiment, the wireless communication unit 106
It is assumed that communication by Bluetooth is used. As an interface with an external network, a wireless LA
N or an interface provided on the multimedia phone main body 101 and having a function of directly connecting to the access point.
It may be a DSL or cable modem interface.

In addition to the multimedia phone main body 101, a wireless mouse 102 which is portable and can be operated at hand is provided. FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating a configuration of the wireless mouse 102. Wireless mouse 102
Is a wireless communication unit 201 as a Bluetooth module, a contact detection sensor 202, a coordinate signal input unit 20
3. Coordinate signal output unit 204, power supply unit 205, audio input unit (microphone) 206, audio output unit (speaker) 20
7, a key input unit 208, a power control unit 209 for charging the secondary battery, a secondary battery 210, a system controller 211, and a mouse function realizing unit 212. The mouse function realizing unit 212 has a minimum function such as a click necessary for performing a mouse operation, as in the related art.

FIG. 3 is a diagram showing the appearance of the wireless mouse 102. In front of the housing of the wireless mouse 102,
A wireless communication unit 201 for transmitting and receiving commands to and from the multimedia phone main body 101 and a power supply unit 205 to which a power cable is connected during charging are provided. A microphone 20 serving as an audio input unit is provided on the left and right sides of the upper part of the housing of the wireless mouse 102, respectively.
6 and a speaker 207 serving as an audio output unit, and a key input unit 208 for inputting a number is provided at the center thereof. A cover (not shown) that can be opened and closed so as to cover the key input unit 208 is provided on the upper part of the housing of the wireless mouse 102 provided with the microphone 206, the key input unit 208, and the speaker 207. When performing, the key input unit 208 is covered,
Make mouse operation comfortable.

Since this wireless mouse 102 is intended for use at home, a non-contact optical sensor is mounted so that it can be used anywhere without using a mouse pad. . A non-contact optical sensor is a device in which light from a high-brightness red light-emitting diode (LED) is radiated onto a surface of a desk or the like, and the light sensor detects the light at a rate of 150 per second.
A continuous image of the reflected light is captured at a speed of 0 times, and is used for performing an image correlation process of converting a change of each image into a movement of a mouse pointer on a screen.

Next, a procedure for operating the multimedia phone with the wireless mouse 102 will be described. The user
In order to start a videophone using the multimedia phone main body 101, the digital camera 104 is used as an image input unit and the television 105 is used as an image output unit. Also, a speaker attached to the television 105 is used as an audio output unit, and a microphone 206 attached to the wireless mouse 102 is used as an audio input unit.
It is assumed that the digital camera 104 and the television 105 are already connected.

When the link between the multimedia phone main body 101 and the wireless mouse 102 is established, the wireless communication state between the multimedia phone main body 101 and the wireless mouse 102 is in a Standby state, and the wireless mouse 102 is a master in communication. At this time, the multimedia phone main body 101 becomes a slave to the wireless mouse 102.

The wireless mouse 102 starts a peripheral device recognition operation (Scan, Discovery). At this time, the 8-bit Park member address is
s is assigned to the peripheral device, and the multimedia phone main body 101 to which this address is assigned enters the Park mode. Then, a 3-bit Active member ad is sent to the device that communicates with the wireless mouse 102
A dress is allocated, and a piconet is formed. Since the address is 3 bits, it is possible to recognize up to seven devices. One of them is for broadcasting.

Active member addre
The multimedia phone main unit 101 having the ss has an active mode for actually performing communication and a standby Hol
Sni with lower power consumption than d mode and Hold mode
It is possible to transit to three modes consisting of the ff mode. H
Both the old mode and the Sniff mode participate in the piconet, but do not participate in data traffic.

The wireless mouse and the device using the wireless mouse as an input device are, as described above, Act
The communication is performed in the ive mode. Devices other than this device are set to the Hold mode or the Sniff mode. The wireless mouse 102 is aware of this device, but configures it not to participate in data traffic. Here, the multimedia phone main body 101 is set to the Active mode, and the wireless mouse 102 is used as an input device.

FIG. 4 is a diagram showing a link setting method between the multimedia phone main body 101 and the wireless mouse 102. The wireless mouse 102 and each device (the multimedia phone main body 101) are in a Standby mode in which no link has been established (state a).

[0049] The wireless mouse 102 uses Inquiry subs to recognize devices in the area.
The state is entered, and an inquiry, which is a message including a key for connection, is transmitted at an interval of 625 μs. At this time, the device side sends an inquiry scan.
It is in the state (state b).

In this substate, channels are always switched with the same hopping pattern.
It collides with nquiry in about 2 seconds, and synchronization is established.
As a result, the device becomes an Inquiry Respo
The ns substate is entered (state c), and the wireless mouse 102 is connected to the inquiry response.
Send an message.

The master wireless mouse 102 recognizes the slave device. On the other hand, the slave is 3
Active member address of bit
And a piconet is formed. Thereafter, the master enters the page substate and sends a page message including a device access code (DAC) to the slave. At this time, the slave is Page Sca
nsubstate (state d).

When the slave in this state receives a Page message including a device access code (DAC), the slave response substat
e) and sends a Response to the master. Thereafter, the slave operates in the hopping pattern determined by the master. On the other hand, when the master receives this Response, the master response subst
ate (state e).

Then, authentication is performed between the master and the slave (state f). The password used for authentication is created by an exclusive OR of the random number generated by the master and the MAC address of the slave. Once the authentication is completed, a dedicated key is handed over, and the subsequent processing is simplified. After that, it shifts to data transmission and reception.

When the wireless mouse 102 and the multimedia phone main body 101 have already formed a piconet and the multimedia phone main body 101 is in the Hold mode or the Sniff mode, the above-described piconet formation process (Inquiry, Paging) is performed. Instead, communication can be started only by establishing a link.

Next, the multimedia phone main body 101
And the operation from the establishment of the link between the wireless mouse 102 and the wireless mouse 102 to the start of the videophone. A user is browsing with a multimedia phone using the wireless mouse 102, and it is assumed that a videophone call is received from a friend to the user.

At this time, the multimedia phone body 10
1 starts a videophone application and connects a communication line with a partner. After the connection of the communication line is established,
The multimedia phone main body 101 transmits a command to the wireless mouse 102 so that the microphone 206 is turned on. The system controller 211 of the wireless mouse 102 sets the microphone 206 to the ON state,
A link of a Bluetooth voice channel is established and a voice signal is transmitted to the multimedia phone main body 101.

As described above, the microphone 206 is automatically turned on.
By entering the state, the user can save time for preparing the microphone 206 and can easily make a videophone call.
In addition, by placing the wireless mouse 102 close to the user, it is possible to make it difficult for ambient noise to enter, so that only the voice of the user can be transmitted, and the user does not need to make a loud voice. When responding, the microphone 206 was considered to be in the ON state and responded.
Is in the OFF state, and it is possible to prevent a mistake such as a case where the other party cannot hear the voice. Also, Blue
In the voice channel of tooth, a link is established only when necessary, so that the used bandwidth can be effectively used.

Then, at the end of the call with the other party, the user may manually turn off the microphone 206, or when the communication with the other party is cut off,
The system controller 211 may set the microphone 206 to the OFF state in accordance with the command transmitted from 01.

Next, if the operation signal of the wireless mouse is not generated for a certain period of time, or if the contact by the contact detection sensor 202 is not detected by the user and it is determined that the user is not operating the wireless mouse, power saving is performed. The case of shifting to the mode is shown.

For example, when the user uses the wireless mouse 102
It is assumed that browsing is performed on the multimedia phone main body 101 by using. It is assumed that after a while, the user finds a page of interest and stops operating the wireless mouse 102 and concentrates on reading the page for a certain period of time or more. At this time, since the wireless mouse 102 does not move, no operation signal is generated. Therefore, the wireless mouse 102 enters the power saving mode, and power consumption is suppressed. As a result, the number of times of charging the secondary battery 210 is reduced, so that the life thereof can be extended, and battery replacement can be suppressed.

Next, a case will be described in which the mode is not shifted to the power saving mode while the microphone 206 is in the ON state. For example, when the user is making a videophone call with the multimedia phone main body 101, the user enjoys talking with the other party, so the wireless mouse 102 is used as a microphone,
The wireless mouse 102 may not be operated for a certain period of time or more. At this time, if the wireless mouse 102 is set to the power saving mode under the condition that “the operation is not performed for a certain period of time or more”, the microphone function does not work and a malfunction occurs. For this reason, when the microphone 206 is in the ON state, the transition to the power saving mode is prevented.

FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing an operation processing procedure in the power saving mode. This processing program is stored in a ROM (not shown) in the system controller 211, and is also stored in the CPU in the system controller 21.
(Not shown).

When the user performs a normal mouse operation (step S 1) and stops the mouse operation on the way, whether or not the contact by the user is detected by the contact detection sensor 202, or whether the wireless mouse 102 It is determined whether an operation signal has not been generated for a predetermined time (step S2). When the contact by the user is detected, or when the operation signal of the wireless mouse 102 is generated within a predetermined time, the process returns to the step S1.

On the other hand, when the contact by the user is not detected, or when the operation signal of the wireless mouse 102 has not been generated even after a certain period of time, the wireless mouse 1
It is determined whether or not the microphone 206 attached to the “02” is in the ON state (step S3). If the microphone 206 is in the OFF state, the mode shifts to the power saving mode (step S
4).

During the power saving mode, the detection of the user's contact by the contact detection sensor 202 or the presence / absence of the operation signal of the wireless mouse 102 is repeatedly determined (step S5). When the touch of the wireless mouse 102 is detected or the operation signal of the wireless mouse 102 is generated, the power saving mode is canceled (step S6), and the process returns to the normal mouse operation process of step S1. On the other hand, if the microphone 206 is in the ON state in step S3, the process returns to the normal mouse operation process in step S1 without shifting to the power saving mode.

Next, a description will be given of muting (erasing) the audio signal when the contact detection sensor 202 determines that the user is operating the wireless mouse 102 when the microphone 206 is in the ON state.

For example, assume that the user is browsing using the wireless mouse 102 with the multimedia phone main body 101. At this time, the user moves the wireless mouse 102 in the X and Y axis directions,
A button on the wireless mouse 102 is pressed. At this time, if the microphone 206 is in the ON state, there is a possibility that a mechanical contact sound generated at the time of operation may be picked up. If the speaker 207 is in the ON state at the same time, the sound is output, and a problem occurs. Therefore, while performing the mouse operation, the microphone 20
6 is muted so that unnecessary noise does not enter.
The mute may be manually set to ON by the user, or may be automatically set to ON when the contact detection sensor 202 detects that the user performs a mouse operation.

FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing a processing procedure when shifting to the mute operation. This processing program is stored in a ROM (not shown) in the system controller 211, and is also executed by a CPU (not shown) in the system controller 21.

The user performs a normal mouse operation (step S11), and determines whether or not an operation signal of the wireless mouse 102 has been generated within a predetermined time, or whether or not a contact by the user has been detected by the contact detection sensor 202. Is determined (step S12). Wireless mouse 10
When the operation signal of No. 2 is generated within a predetermined time, or when the contact by the contact detection sensor 202 is detected by the user, the wireless mouse 102 determines whether the mute is set to ON (step S13).

When mute is set to OFF,
The mute is set to ON (step S14). on the other hand,
If the mute is set to ON, the process returns to step S11 to perform a normal mouse operation.

On the other hand, if the operation signal of the wireless mouse 102 does not occur within a certain period of time, or if the contact by the contact detection sensor 202 is not detected, the mode is shifted to the above-described power saving mode (step S).
15). Thereafter, the process returns to step S1.

As described above, when the videophone or IP telephone application is activated, the wireless mouse 102
Is turned on.

For example, assume that the user wants to make a videophone call and activates the videophone application. At the same time, the multimedia phone main unit 101 issues a command to the wireless mouse 102 so that the speaker 207 is turned on. This saves the user from having to turn on the speaker every time the application is started.

While the videophone or IP phone application is running, 10
It is possible to input a number from the key input unit 208 attached to 2.

For example, when the user wants to make a videophone call and wants to call the other party, the user can enter a number from the key input unit 208 attached to the wireless mouse 102 to call the other party. Thereby, even when the key input terminal is not at hand, it is possible to make a videophone call by inputting a number. Here, the key input unit 208
Is provided on the upper part of the wireless mouse 102, and is covered with an openable / closable cover so that the user does not press a key by mistake while performing the mouse operation.

The wireless mouse 102 can be used while charging the secondary battery 210. For example, by charging via a cable without being fixed from the power supply unit 205 provided in the wireless mouse 102, the mouse can be used even during charging. Further, it may be connected to the multimedia phone main body 101 using a USB, and in this case, data information can be transmitted via the USB in addition to charging.

As described above, when the videophone application and the IP telephone application are activated and the connection with the other party is started, the voice input unit (microphone) of the wireless mouse is turned on. By turning off the voice input unit, it is possible to save the trouble of turning on / off the voice input unit (microphone) when the user uses the videophone.

Although the above is an explanation of the embodiments of the present invention, the present invention is not limited to the configurations of these embodiments, and the functions described in the claims or the functions of the embodiments are not limited to the embodiments. Any configuration that can achieve the function of the configuration is applicable.

For example, in the above embodiment, the case where a wireless mouse is used as an input device has been described. However, the input device may be a pointing device such as a tablet, a keyboard, a track pad or a track ball. Is equally applicable.

Further, it goes without saying that the present invention can be applied to a case where the present invention is achieved by supplying a program to a system or an apparatus by using a recording medium storing software program codes for realizing the functions of the above-described embodiments. Nor. In this case, the program code itself read from the storage medium implements the novel function of the present invention, and the storage medium storing the program constitutes the present invention.

In the above embodiment, the program codes shown in the flowcharts of FIGS.
Is stored in As a storage medium for supplying the program code, for example, a compact flash (registered trademark), a nonvolatile memory card, or the like can be used.

[0082]

According to the present invention, the wireless microphone is automatically set to a usable state at the same time as the telephone is connected, and when the telephone is disconnected, the power of the microphone is turned off and the voice communication is performed. It is possible to operate in cooperation with an application, such as when a channel link is disconnected.

Further, even when the microphone is not touching the mouse, for example, when the microphone is used as a voice input unit, the microphone can be kept in an effective state and the power can be prevented from being turned off.

[Brief description of the drawings]

FIG. 1 is a diagram showing a configuration of a multimedia phone.

FIG. 2 is a diagram showing a configuration of a wireless mouse 102.

FIG. 3 is a diagram showing an appearance of a wireless mouse 102.

FIG. 4 is a diagram illustrating a link setting method between the multimedia phone main body 101 and the wireless mouse 102.

FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating an operation processing procedure in a power saving mode.

FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing a processing procedure when shifting to a mute operation.

FIG. 7 is a block diagram showing a configuration of a conventional power-saving mouse.

[Explanation of symbols]

 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 101 Multimedia phone main body 102 Wireless mouse 201 Wireless communication unit 202 Contact detection sensor 206 Microphone (voice input unit) 207 Speaker (voice output unit) 208 Key input unit 211 System controller

Claims (17)

[Claims]
1. An input device having a voice input means for operating an information device wirelessly, wherein when the information device is used as a telephone using the voice input means, a telephone connection with a partner starts. An input device comprising: a voice input on unit that sets the voice input unit to an on state in response to the input.
2. The input device according to claim 1, further comprising a voice input off unit that sets the voice input unit to an off state in response to a disconnection of the telephone connection with the other party. .
3. The voice input on means sets the voice input means to an on state according to a command transmitted from the information device, and the voice input off means responds to a command transmitted from the information device. 3. The input device according to claim 2, wherein the voice input unit is set to an off state.
4. When the information device is used as a telephone, the voice input ON means establishes a voice channel between the information device and the input device in response to the start of a telephone connection with a partner. The input device according to claim 1, wherein a link is established.
5. The voice input off unit disconnects a voice channel link between the information device and the input device in response to a disconnection of a telephone connection with the other party. The input device according to claim 2.
6. A shifting means for shifting to a power saving mode when it is determined that no operation has been performed by a user, and a inhibiting means for inhibiting shifting to the power saving mode when the voice input means is on. The input device according to claim 1 or 2, further comprising:
7. A signal generating means for generating a signal in accordance with an operation, and a contact detecting means for detecting a contact by a user, wherein the shifting means is configured to output the signal when the signal has not been generated for a predetermined time, or If no contact is detected by
7. The input device according to claim 6, wherein the input device is determined to be not operated by the user and shifts to the power saving mode.
8. A contact detecting means for detecting a contact by a user, and a contact by the user is detected by the contact detecting means during a period in which the voice input means is in an on state, and it is determined that the user is operated by the user. 3. The input device according to claim 1, further comprising a mute unit for erasing an audio signal.
9. An audio output means for outputting an audio, and an audio output on means for setting the audio output means to an on state when the information device is used as a telephone. Or the input device according to 2.
10. The input device according to claim 1, further comprising key input means with a bar, wherein when the information device is used as a telephone, a number can be input from the key input means.
11. The input device according to claim 1, further comprising a secondary battery, wherein the input device can be used while charging the secondary battery.
12. The input device according to claim 1, wherein the input device is applied to a wireless mouse that operates the information device by wireless communication.
13. The input device according to claim 1, wherein the information device functions as a videophone or an IP phone by executing an application.
14. An input operation system for operating an information device wirelessly using an input device having a voice input means, wherein when the information device is used as a telephone using the voice input means, a telephone call with a partner is made. A voice input on means for setting the voice input means to an on state in response to the start of the connection, and an off state for the voice input means in response to the disconnection of the telephone with the other party. An input operation system, comprising: a voice input off means for setting the input operation.
15. An input operation method for operating an information device wirelessly using an input device having a voice input means, wherein when the information device is used as a telephone using the voice input means, a telephone call with a partner is made. Setting the voice input means to an on state in response to the start of the connection of, and setting the voice input means to an off state in response to the disconnection of the telephone with the other party And an input operation method.
16. An information device wirelessly operated by an input device having a voice input unit, wherein the information device is used as a telephone using the voice input unit.
An on-command transmitting unit that transmits a command to set the voice input unit to an on state to the information device in response to the start of the telephone connection with the partner; and the telephone connection with the partner is disconnected. An information device, comprising: an off-command transmitting unit that transmits a command for setting the voice input unit to an off state to the information device.
17. A storage medium having voice input means, mounted on an input device for wirelessly operating an information device, and storing a program to be executed by a computer controlling the input device, wherein the program comprises: When the information device is used as a telephone using input means, a procedure for setting the voice input means to an ON state in response to the start of the telephone connection with the other party; And setting the voice input means to an off state in response to disconnection of the audio data.
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