05331580 is referenced by 75 patents and cites 24 patents.

In an exemplary embodiment, a portable data device is insertable into a docking receptacle for communication with other devices. In route delivery operations and the like, a hand-held computerized data terminal is coupled with a docking unit for recharging of its batteries and communication e.g. with a printer. Preferably, the terminal can be loaded into the docking receptacle with a single motion. The terminal may be automatically positively locked in the receptacle as it is loaded with one hand; thus the terminal may be securely held in the receptacle of a portable printer even if the printer is dropped or subjected to a severe jolt. Removal may be accomplished by a push button-eject or by a single motion with one hand. The disclosure includes various docking configurations which may have non-critical alignment requirements, provide electrical contacts sealed against moisture, and economically accommodate different size terminals and the like. Programmed control of the printer-terminal system provides for feedback from the printer to a primary controller to confirm that each line of data has been actually printed.

Title
Data capture system with communicating and recharging docking apparatus, and modular printer and hand-held data terminal means cooperable therewith
Application Number
305302
Publication Number
5331580
Application Date
April 12, 1993
Publication Date
July 19, 1994
Inventor
Darald R Schultz
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Steven R Kunert
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Patrick H Davis
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
George E Hanson
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Keith K Cargin Jr
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Joseph J Kubler
Nederland
CO, US
Jerry L Walter
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Steven E Koenck
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Phillip Miller
Cedar Rapids
IA, US
Agent
McAndrews Held & Malloy
Assignee
Norand Corporation
IA, US
IPC
G06F 1/00
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