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RECEIVED 
CENTRALFAXCBNTER patent 

HAR2 9 2007 

Amendments to the Claims: 

The listing of claims will replace all prior versions, and listings, of claims in the 
application: 

Listtng of Claims! 
Claims 1-24 (Cancelled). 

25. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication s)^tem for a being, comprising: 

a directional speaker attachable to a piece of clothing worn by the being; 
a microphone; and 

a base imit coupled to both the speaker and the microphone to allow the being to 
use the system to communicate wirelessly with another communication device, 

wherein signals emitted from the speaker can be directed towards at least one ear 
of the being from the worn position of the speaker, and 

wherein the directional sneaker jgenarates ultrasonic signals, which are 
transformed into audio signals^ 

wherein the directional speaker is confifzured to be attached to a portion of the 
piece of clothing, and to be intentionallv spaced apart from the ears of the being> so that 
at least a portion of the ultrasonic signals is transformed into the audio signals via at least 
a portion of the medium in the space between the directional speaker and at least one of 
the ears of the being> and 

wherein the signals are directional to allow communication with enhanced privacy, 

26. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
further comprising a power source that is at least partially integrated in the piece of 
clothing whor e ui th e directional speak e r gBn e mt e Q ultmfionio aignala. whioh oro 
t i oubf o i i u e d into audio sign ^. 

27. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 €teaa 
7S wherein the system includes another mode of operation that generates audio signals 
directly from the speaker. 

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28. (Currently Amended) A wireless conrmnunication system oo rooitod in Claim 27 for a 
being, comprising: 

a directional speaker attachable to a piece of clothing worn by the being: 
a microphone: aad 

a base unit counted to both the speaker and the microphone to allow the being to 
use the system to communicate wirelesslv with another communication device, 

wherein signals emitted from the speaker can be directed towards at least one ear 
of the beinjg from the worn position of the speaker. 

wherein the signals are directional to allow communication with enhanced 
privacy, 

wherein the directional speaker generates ultrasonic signals, w hi^h are 
transformed into audio sijgmals. 

wherein the system includes another mode of oDeration that generates audio signals 
dir^tly from the speaker, and 

wherein the another mode of operation is deactivated when the ^eaker is attached to 
the clothing. 

29. (Previously presented) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
wherein the speaker is selected from a group including: a device with a piezoelectric thin 
film, a device with a bimorph and a device with a magnetic transducer. 

30. (Previously presented) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
wherein the speaker and the microphone are integrated with the clothing, 

31. (Previously presented) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
wherein the speaker and the microphone couple to the base unit wirelessly. 

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32. (Previously presented) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
further includes an indicator for providing an indication that the system is being used to 
communicate wirelessly with the another communication device. 

33. (Previously presented) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
further comprising another directional speakar attachable to the clothing with the two 
speakers creating stereo effects. 

34. (Previously presented) A wireless commimication system as recited in Claim 25 
wherein the speaker, the microphone and the base unit are integrated into one package, 
which is attachable to the clothing. 

35. (Previously presented) A wireless conamunication system as recited in Claim 25 
wherein 

the base unit includes a display, and 

the base unit includes capability to allow it to function as a computation device. 

36. (Previously presented) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
wherein the signals can be personalized based on the hearing characteristics of the being. 

37. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication system as recited in Claim 25 
wherein ttie signals can be personalized based on the nois e sound level in the vicinity of the 
being. 

38. (Currently Amended) A portable computing system for a user, comprising: 

a directional speaker, which generates ultrasonic signals that are transformed to 
produce audio signals; 

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a microphone; 
a display; and 

a computing device coupled to the speaker, the microphone and the display, 

wherein the user can use the system to communicate wirelessly with another 
communication device, 

wherein signals emitted fiom the speaker can be directed towards the user from 
the position the system is used, 

wherein the user can communicate with the another communication device in a 
hands-free manner, 

wherein the system is enabled for data as well as voice communication, aad 

v^iierein the signals emitted from the speaker are directional to allow 
communication with enhanced privac y, and 

wherein the volume of at least a portion of the audio signals is automaticallv 
changed depending on the sound level in the vicinitvof the system . 

39. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication device, 

wherein the improvement comprises a pomonol directional spesiker that can direct 
audio signals towards a user U5er*s e nr^ 

wherein the directional speaker generates ultrasonic signals, which are 
transformed into audio signals, 

wherein the communication device includes another speaker that directly 
gmerates audio signals, without the need to be transformed from ultrasonic signals, and 

wherein the communication device can be controlled to switch from generating 
audio signals bv the directional soeakea-. to generating audio signals bv the another 
speaker^ 

40. (Previously presented) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 39, 
wherein said weless communication device is a personal digital assistant, a computer or a 
mobile telephone. 



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41 . (Currently Amended) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 39, 
wherein said directional speaker generates ultroaonic gignola, which ore trongformed in air to 
yi e ld the oiidio oi gaiaifl is configured to be personalized to the user such that at least the 
volume of a portion of the audio signals is automaticallv chan fyftH de pending on at least 
one hearing characteristic of the user. 

42. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 39 claim 
44-, wherein said wireless communication device includes a video display dirootion al 
speaker direota th e audio signolo to th e us e r' a ear by e mitting ultraaonio signals in a dir e oti ^ 
towards the uoor'o our , 

43. (Previously presented) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 39 el^m 
44-, wherein said directional speaker directs the audio signals to the user's ear by emitting 
ultrasonic signals in a direction substantially parallel to the face of the user. 

44. (Previously presented) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 39, 
wherein the audio signals from the directional speaker can be steered. 

45. (Previously presented) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 39, 
wherein said directional speaker directs the audio signals to the user^s ear by a physical horn 
fomiing part of said directional speaker. 

46. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 39> 

whopein said directional speaker directs the audio signal to the user's ear by 
confining the audio signals substantially within a virtual cone having an input end at said 
directional speaker and an output end at the vicinity of the user*s ear, and 

wherein the diameter of the virtual cone at the output end is less than 6 inches . 



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47. (Currently Amended) A wireless communication device as recited in claim 2^ 
wherein the directional sneaker is configured to be attached to a po rtion of the piece of 
clothinp that is in the vicinity of one of the shoulders of the user: 4 6. tho diamotor of th e 
virtual oon e at th e output ond is loso than 6 inoh e a. 



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