Patent Number: 7,133,168

Title: Portable coilable electronic apparatus and method

Abstract: A portable, compact electronic device is disclosed which is adapted for communication with a personal digital assistant. The electronic device includes a housing having an opening adapted for receiving a medium adapted for printing or scanning and at least one coiled structure formed from a coilable material. At least one guide positions the coilable material as it is extended from the coiled structure. The printing or scanning medium is moved through an opening in the housing by rotating elements. An activation means is utilized to perform printing or scanning of the medium, under the controlled extension and retraction of the coilable material from the coiled structure.

Inventors: Cheung; Patrick C. P. (Castro Valley, CA), Roufas; Kimon D. (Mountain View, CA), Reich; James E. (Mountain View, CA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: H04N 1/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00