(19)
(11)EP 2 961 197 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
17.06.2020 Bulletin 2020/25

(21)Application number: 15174060.2

(22)Date of filing:  26.06.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04R 5/04(2006.01)
H01R 24/58(2011.01)

(54)

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING MALFUNCTION IN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

VORRICHTUNG UND VERFAHREN ZUR VERHINDERUNG VON FEHLFUNKTION IN EINER ELEKTRONISCHEN VORRICHTUNG

APPAREIL ET PROCÉDÉ POUR EMPÊCHER LES DÉFAILLANCES DANS UN DISPOSITIF ÉLECTRONIQUE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 27.06.2014 KR 20140079977

(43)Date of publication of application:
30.12.2015 Bulletin 2015/53

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Gyeonggi-do 443-742 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • ROH, Hyun-Jong
    Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • OH, Min-Woo
    Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • WON, Jin-Hee
    Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • LEE, Dong-Yup
    Gyeonggi-do (KR)
  • HWANG, Ho-Chul
    Seoul (KR)

(74)Representative: HGF Limited 
Saviour House 9 St. Saviourgate
York YO1 8NQ
York YO1 8NQ (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 706 463
US-A1- 2009 296 952
US-A1- 2013 293 240
US-A- 6 069 960
US-A1- 2011 161 050
US-A1- 2014 038 460
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND


    1. Field of the Invention



    [0001] Various embodiments of the present invention relate to an apparatus and method for preventing malfunction in an electronic device.

    2. Description of the Related Art



    [0002] With the growth of their functions, electronic devices are now able to perform various functions via ear jacks into which earplugs can be inserted.

    [0003] For example, an electronic device will output sound via an earplug, or can recognize sound introduced from the earplug, when sensing that the earplug has been inserted into the ear jack.

    [0004] According to existing technologies, introduction of moisture into an ear jack of an electronic device can cause the electronic device to incorrectly convert into an earphone mode by wrongly recognizing that an earplug is inserted into the ear jack.

    [0005] US-2014/038460-A1 discloses an apparatus comprising a first connector, a second connector, a detection circuit and a logic circuit. The first connector and the second connector are configured for electrical communication with first and second conducting terminals, respectively, of an audio jack plug. The detection circuit is configured to apply a first value of current to the first connector, and apply a second value of current to the second connector. The logic circuit is configured to generate an indication that the audio jack plug is fully inserted according to a logic level detected at the second connector when electrical ground is detected at the first connector.

    [0006] US-6069960-A1 discloses a connector device for connecting information-handling apparatus has a common jack connected to a first information-handling apparatus, a plurality of plugs connected respectively to a plurality of second information-handling apparatus having respective different impedances, the plugs being selectively connectable to the jack, and a determining circuit for, when one of the plugs is connected to the common jack, applying a predetermined voltage to a contact of the connected plug through an impedance element, detecting a voltage between the contact of the connected plug and a ground contact thereof, detecting an impedance between the contact of the connected plug and the ground contact thereof depending on the detected voltage, and determining the type of the plug or the type of the second information-handling apparatus connected to the plug depending on the detected impedance.

    [0007] US-2009/296952-A1 discloses method, apparatus, system and means for determining a type of microphone button of a headset plugged into a device jack. US-2009/296952-A1 discloses, a type of microphone button or headset is determined from a plurality of button or headset types based on whether or not a headset plug is detected in a headset jack of a device and whether or not a signal received at a first contact of the headset jack includes overcurrent or an undercurrent. US-2009/296952-A1 discloses, the behavior of the device may be controlled based on the type of microphone button or headset determined. For example, a predetermined circuit, a predetermined algorithm, or a predetermined process may be selected to signal process the audio signal of the microphone, based on the type of microphone button or headset.

    [0008] US-2011/161050-A1 discloses a coaxial cable connector system including a coaxial cable connector, the connector having an internal physical parameter sensing circuit configured to sense a physical parameter of the connector and a status output component. The system further includes a data reader located externally to the connector. The reader includes a receiver element, a memory unit, a transmitter element, and a decision logic unit. The receiver element receives information about the connector, via the status output component, from the physical parameter sensing circuit. The memory unit stores predefined threshold limits of the physical parameter of the connector. The transmitter element is adapted to send the information over a network. The decision logic unit is adapted to compare the received information with the threshold limits and, if the received information exceeds the threshold limit, transmits the information over the network. The output display device is in electronic communication with the reader, configured to receive a data packet over the network. The data packet includes information that the physical parameter threshold has been exceeded.

    [0009] EP-2706463-A1 relates to a method and apparatus for detecting an insertion of an external audio outputting device in an electronic device. The apparatus comprises an earphone socket into which the external audio outputting device is inserted. The earphone socket includes first and second terminal sets, each terminal set having at least two electrical contacts. A controller determines an insertion condition if each of the terminal sets is shorted, and determines a non-insertion condition if only one terminal set is shorted, or if neither of the terminal sets is shorted.

    [0010] US2013/0293240 A1 discloses a method and apparatus for jack plug detection based on an impedance measurement at the left pin for distinguishing between a plug and moisture.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0011] Accordingly, the present invention provides an apparatus and method capable of, when an object is sensed at a first terminal of an ear jack and a second terminal thereof, determining the impedance of the second terminal and determining whether an earplug is inserted into the ear jack, thereby preventing malfunction of the ear jack caused by the introduction of moisture.

    [0012] According to a first aspect of the present invention, an operation method of an electronic device according to claim 1 is provided.

    [0013] According to a second aspect of the present invention, an electronic device according to claim 7 is provided.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0014] The above and other aspects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

    FIG. 1 illustrates a network environment including an electronic device;

    FIG. 2 illustrates an electronic device;

    FIG. 3 illustrates a first embodiment of an ear jack according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 4 illustrates a second embodiment of an ear jack according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 5 illustrates a third embodiment of an ear jack according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIGs. 6A and 6B illustrate an embodiment of an electronic device when an object is sensed at an ear jack according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIGs. 7A and 7B illustrate another embodiment of an electronic device when an object is sensed at an ear jack according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 8 illustrates a further embodiment of an electronic device when an object is sensed at an ear jack according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 9 is a flowchart of an operation of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

    FIG. 10 is a flowchart of a method of an electronic device according to an embodiment of the present invention.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE PRESENT INVENTION



    [0015] An electronic device according to various examples may be a device including a communication function. The electronic device may, for example, include at least one of a smart phone, a tablet personal computer (PC), a mobile phone, a video phone, an e-book reader, a desktop PC, a laptop PC, a netbook computer, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a portable multimedia player (PMP), an MP3 player, a mobile medical device, a camera, a wearable device, e.g., a head-mounted-display (HMD) such as electronic glasses, electronic clothing, an electronic bracelet, an electronic necklace, an electronic appcessory, an electronic tattoo, or a smart watch, a television (TV), a digital video disc (DVD) player, an audio, a refrigerator, an air conditioner, a vacuum cleaner, an oven, a microwave oven, a washing machine, an air cleaner, a set-top box, a TV box, e.g., Samsung HomeSyncTM, Apple TVTM, or Google TVTM, a game console, an artificial intelligence robot, an electronic dictionary, an electronic key, a camcorder, medical equipment, e.g., a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) machine, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, a computed tomography (CT) scanner, or an ultrasonic machine, a navigation device, a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, an event data recorder (EDR), a flight data recorder (FDR), a vehicle infotainment device, electronic equipment for a ship, e.g., ship navigation equipment and a gyrocompass, avionics, security equipment, an industrial or home robot, a part of furniture or building/structure, an electronic board, an electronic signature receiving device, a projector, and various measuring instruments, e.g., a water meter, an electricity meter, a gas meter, or a wave meter, each of which includes a communication function. The electronic device may be a combination of one or more of the aforementioned various devices. Further, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that the electronic device according to various embodiments of the present invention is not limited to the aforementioned devices.

    [0016] Hereinafter, an electronic device and method of operation of thereof according to the various embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings. As used herein, the term "user" may indicate a person using an electronic device or a device, e.g. an artificial intelligence electronic device, using an electronic device.

    [0017] FIG. 1 illustrates a network environment 100 including an electronic device 101.

    [0018] Referring to FIG. 1, a network environment 100 includes an electronic device 101. The electronic device 101 includes a bus 110, a processor 120, a memory 130, an Input/Output (I/O) interface 140, a display 150, a communication interface 160, and/or the like.

    [0019] The bus 110 provides circuitry that connects the foregoing components and allows communication between the foregoing components. For example, the bus 110 connects components of the electronic device 101 so as to allow control messages and/or other information to be communicated between the connected components.

    [0020] The processor 120 may, e.g., receive instructions from other components, e.g., the memory 130, the I/O interface 140, the display 150, the communication interface 160, and/or the like, interpret the received instructions, and execute computation or data processing according to the interpreted instructions.

    [0021] The memory 130 may, e.g., store instructions and/or data that are received from, and/or generated by, other components, e.g., the memory 130, the I/O interface 140, the display 150, the communication interface 160, and/or the like. For example, the memory 130 includes programming modules such as a kernel 131, a middleware 132, an Application Programming Interface (API) 133, an application 134, and/or the like. Each of the foregoing programming modules may include a combination of at least two of software, firmware, or hardware.

    [0022] The kernel 131 controls or manages system resources, e.g., the bus 110, the processor 120, the memory 130, and/or the like, used in executing operations or functions implemented in other programming modules such as, e.g., the middleware 132, the API 133, the application 134, and/or the like. The kernel 131 may provide an interface for allowing or otherwise facilitating the middleware 132, the API 133, the application 134, and/or the like, to access individual components of electronic device 101.

    [0023] The middleware 132 provides a medium through which the kernel 131 may communicate with the API 133, the application 134, and/or the like to send and receive data. The middleware 132 may control, e.g., perform scheduling, load balancing, and/or the like, work requests by the application 134. For example, the middleware 132 may control work requests by the application 134 by assigning priorities for using system resources, e.g., the bus 110, the processor 120, the memory 130, and/or the like, of electronic device 101 to the application 134.

    [0024] The API 133 provides an interface to control functions that the application 134 may provide at the kernel 131, the middleware 132, and/or the like. For example, the API 133 includes at least an interface or a function, e.g., command, for file control, window control, video processing, character control, and/or the like.

    [0025] According to various examples, the application 134 may include a short message service (SMS) application, a multimedia messaging service (MMS) application, an email application, a calendar application, an alarm application, a health care application, e.g., an exercise amount application, a blood sugar level measuring application, and/or the like, an environmental information application, e.g., an application that may provide atmospheric pressure, humidity, temperature information, and/or the like, an instant messaging application, a call application, an Internet browsing application, a gaming application, a media playback application, an image/video capture application, a file management application, and/or the like. In addition to or as an alternative to, the application 134 may be an application that is associated with information exchange between the electronic device 101 and an external electronic device, e.g., electronic device 104. As an example, the application 134 that is associated with the information exchange may include a notification relay application that may provide the external electronic device with a certain type of information, a device management application that may manage the external electronic device, and/or the like.

    [0026] As an example, the notification relay application includes a functionality that provides notification generated by other applications at electronic device 101, e.g., the SMS/MMS application, the email application, the health care application, the environmental information application, the instant messaging application, the call application, the Internet browsing application, the gaming application, the media playback application, the image/video capture application, the file management application, and/or the like, to an external electronic device, e.g., the electronic device 104. In addition to or as an alternative to, the notification relay application may provide or receive notification from external electronic device 104, and may provide the notification to a user.

    [0027] As an example, the device management application manages enabling or disabling of functions associated with least a portion of an external electronic device, e.g., the external electronic device itself, or one or more components of the external electronic device, in communication with electronic device 101, controlling of brightness or resolution of a display of the external electronic device, an application operated at, or a service (e.g., a voice call service, a messaging service, and/or the like) provided by, the external electronic device, and/or the like.

    [0028] According to various examples, the application 134 includes one or more applications that are determined according to a property, e.g., type of electronic device, and/or the like, of the external electronic device 104. For example, if the external electronic device is an mp3 player, the application 134 may include one or more applications related to music playback. As another example, if the external electronic device is a mobile medical device, the application 134 may be a health care-related application. According to various examples, the application 134 may include at least one of an application that is preloaded at the electronic device 101, and an application that is received from the electronic device 104, and a server 164.

    [0029] The I/O interface 140, for example, receives instruction and/or data from a user. The I/O interface 140 sends the instruction and/or the data, via the bus 110, to the processor 120, the memory 130, the communication interface 160, and/or the like. For example, the I/O interface 140 provides data associated with user input received via a touch screen to the processor 120. The I/O interface 140 outputs instructions and/or data received via the bus 110 from the processor 120, the memory 130, the communication interface 160, and/or the like, via an I/O device, e.g., a speaker, a display, and/or the like. For example, the I/O interface 140 outputs voice data, e.g., data processed using the processor 120, via a speaker.

    [0030] The display 150 displays various types of information, e.g., multimedia, text data, and/or the like, to the user. As an example, the display 150 displays a graphical user interface (GUI) with which a user may interact with the electronic device 101.

    [0031] The communication interface 160 facilitates communication between the electronic device 101 and an external device, e.g., the external electronic device 104, or a server 164. For example, the communication interface 160 connects to a network 162 through wireless communication or wired communication, and communicates with an external device. The wireless communication may include at least one of, for example, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (BT), near field communication (NFC), GPS and cellular communication, e.g., long term evolution (LTE), LTE-advanced (LTE-A), code division multiple access (CDMA), wideband CDMA (WCDMA), universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS), wireless broadband (WiBro), global system for mobile communications (GSM), etc. The wired communication may include at least one of, e.g., a universal serial bus (USB), a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI), a recommended standard 232 (RS-232), and plain old telephone service (POTS).

    [0032] According to an example, the network 162 may be a communication network. The telecommunication network includes at least one of a computer network, Internet, Internet of things, and a telephone network. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a protocol, e.g., a transport layer protocol, data link layer protocol, or a physical layer protocol, for communication between the electronic device 101 and the external device may be supported by at least one of the applications 134, the API 133, the middleware 132, the kernel 131, and the communication interface 160.

    [0033] FIG. 2 illustrates an electronic device 201 according to aspects of the present invention.

    [0034] The electronic device 201 includes, e.g., all or some of the components of the electronic device 101 illustrated in FIG. 1.

    [0035] Referring to FIG. 2, the electronic device 201 includes at least one of an application processor (AP) 210, a communication module 220, a subscriber identifier module (SIM) card 224, a memory 230, a sensor module 240, an input device 250, a display 260, an interface 270, an audio module 280, a camera module 291, a power management module 295, a battery 296, an indicator 297, and a motor 298.

    [0036] The AP 210 drives an operating system or an application program so as to control a plurality of hardware or software components connected to the AP, and processes various pieces of data including multimedia data and performs calculations. The AP 210 may be implemented by, for example, a system on chip (SoC). According to an example, the AP 210 may further include a graphic processing unit (GPU).

    [0037] The communication module 220 may perform data transmission/reception in communication between the electronic device 101 and other electronic devices (for example, the external electronic device 102, the external electronic device 103, the external electronic device 104, or the server 164) through a network.

    [0038] According to an example, the communication module 220 includes a cellular module 221, a Wi-Fi module 223, a BT module 225, a GPS module 227, an NFC module 228, and a radio frequency (RF) module 229.

    [0039] The cellular module 221 provides a voice, a call, a video call, a text message service, or an Internet service through a communication network (for example, LTE, LTE-A, CDMA, WCDMA, UMTS, WiBro, or GSM). Furthermore, the cellular module 221 distinguishes between and authenticates electronic devices within a communication network by using, for example, the SIM card 224. According to an example, the cellular module 221 performs at least some of the functions which the AP 210 may provide. For example, the cellular module 221 may perform at least some of the multimedia control functions.

    [0040] According to an example, the cellular module 221 may include a communication processor (CP). Furthermore, the cellular module 221 may be implemented by, for example, an SoC. Although the components such as the cellular module 221, e.g., the CP, the memory 230, and the power management module 295 are illustrated as components separated from the AP 210 in FIG. 2, the AP 210 may include at least some of the aforementioned components, e.g., the cellular module 221, in an embodiment of the present invention.

    [0041] According to an example, the AP 210 or the cellular module 221, e.g., the CP, loads a command or data received from at least one of a non-volatile memory and other components connected thereto into a volatile memory and processes the loaded command or data. Further, the AP 210 or the cellular module 221 stores data received from or generated by at least one of the other components in a non-volatile memory.

    [0042] For example, each of the Wi-Fi module 223, the BT module 225, the GPS module 227, and the NFC module 228 includes a processor for processing data transmitted/received through the corresponding module. Although the cellular module 221, the Wi-Fi module 223, the BT module 225, the GPS module 227, and the NFC module 228 are illustrated as separate blocks in FIG. 2, at least some, e.g., two or more, of the cellular module 221, the Wi-Fi module 223, the BT module 225, the GPS module 227, and the NFC module 228 may be included in one IC or one IC package in an embodiment of the present invention. For example, at least some (for example, the CP corresponding to the cellular module 221 and the Wi-Fi processor corresponding to the Wi-Fi module 223) of the processors corresponding to the cellular module 221, the Wi-Fi module 223, the BT module 225, the GPS module 227, and the NFC module 228 may be implemented as one SoC.

    [0043] The RF module 229 transmits/receives data via, e.g., RF signals. Although not illustrated, the RF module 229 may include, for example, a transceiver, a power amplifier module (PAM), a frequency filter, a low noise amplifier (LNA) or the like. Further, the RF module 229 may further include a component for transmitting/receiving electronic waves over a free air space in wireless communication, as well as over a conductor, a conducting wire or the like. Although the cellular module 221, the Wi-Fi module 223, the BT module 225, the GPS module 227, and the NFC module 228 share one RF module 229 in FIG. 2, at least one of the cellular module 221, the Wi-Fi module 223, the BT module 225, the GPS module 227, and the NFC module 228 may transmit/receive an RF signal through a separate RF module in one embodiment.

    [0044] The SIM card 224 may be inserted into a slot formed in a predetermined portion of the electronic device. The SIM card 224 may include unique identification information (for example, an integrated circuit card identifier (ICCID)) or subscriber information (for example, an international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI)).

    [0045] The memory 230 (for example, the memory 130) may include an internal memory 232 or an external memory 234. The internal memory 232 may include at least one of a volatile memory (for example, a dynamic random access memory (DRAM), a static RAM (SRAM), a synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM), or the like) or a non-volatile memory (for example, a one time programmable read only memory (OTPROM), a programmable ROM (PROM), an erasable and programmable ROM (EPROM), an electrically erasable and programmable ROM (EEPROM), a mask ROM, a flash ROM, a NAND flash memory, a NOR flash memory, or the like).

    [0046] According to an example, the internal memory 232 may be a solid state drive (SSD). The external memory 234 may further include a flash drive, for example, a compact flash (CF), a secure digital (SD), a micro-SD, a mini-SD, an extreme digital (xD), a memory stick, or the like. The external memory 234 is functionally connected to the electronic device 201 through an interface. According to an example, the electronic device 201 may further include a storage device (or storage medium) such as a hard drive.

    [0047] The sensor module 240 measures a physical quantity or senses an operation state of the electronic device 201, and converts the measured or sensed information into an electric signal. The sensor module 240 may include, for example, at least one of a gesture sensor 240A, a gyro sensor 240B, an atmospheric pressure sensor 240C, a magnetic sensor 240D, the acceleration sensor 240E, a grip sensor 240F, a proximity sensor 240G, a color sensor 240H (for example, red, green, and blue (RGB) sensor), a biometric sensor 2401, a temperature/ humidity sensor 240J, an illumination sensor 240K, an Ultra Violet (UV) sensor 240M, and the geomagnetic sensor 240P. Additionally or alternatively, the sensor module 240 may include, for example, an E-nose sensor, an electromyography (EMG) sensor, an electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor, an electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor, an Infrared (IR) sensor, an iris sensor, a fingerprint sensor, and the like. The sensor module 240 may further include a control circuit for controlling one or more sensors included therein.

    [0048] The input device 250 may include a touch panel 252, a digital pen sensor 254, a key 256, or an ultrasonic input device 258. The touch panel 252 recognizes a touch input in at least one scheme among, for example, a capacitive type, a resistive type, an infrared type, and an acoustic wave type. The touch panel 252 may further include a control circuit. The capacitive type touch panel detects a physical contact or proximity. The touch panel 252 may further include a tactile layer. In this case, the touch panel 252 may provide a user with a tactile reaction.

    [0049] The digital pen sensor 254 may be implemented by, for example, a method identical or similar to a method of receiving a touch input of a user, or a separate recognition method. The key 256 may include, for example, a physical button, an optical key, or a keypad. The ultrasonic input device 258 identifies data by detecting an acoustic wave with a microphone 288 of the electronic device 201 through an input unit generating an ultrasonic signal, and performs wireless detection. According to an example, the electronic device 201 may also receive a user input from an external device (for example, a computer or server) connected thereto using the communication module 220.

    [0050] The display 260 (for example, the display 150) may include a panel 262, a hologram device 264, and/or a projector 266. For example, the panel 262 may be, for example, a liquid crystal display (LCD), an active matrix organic light emitting diode (AM-OLED), or the like.

    [0051] The panel 262 may be implemented to be, for example, flexible, transparent, or wearable. The panel 262 may be implemented by a single module together with the touch panel 252. The hologram device 264 may project a three dimensional image into the air by using an interference of light. The projector 266 may display an image by projecting light onto a screen. The screen may be internal or external to the electronic device 201. According to an example, the display 260 may further include a control circuit for controlling the panel 262, the hologram device 264, or the projector 266.

    [0052] The interface 270 may include, for example, an HDMI 272, a USB 274, an optical interface 276, or a d-subminiature (D-sub) 278. The interface 270 may be included in, for example, the communication interface 160 illustrated in FIG. 1. Additionally or alternatively, the interface 270 may include, for example, a mobile high-definition Link (MHL) interface, an SD card/ multi-media card (MMC) interface, or an Infrared data association (IrDA) standard interface.

    [0053] The audio module 280 may bi-directionally convert a sound and an electrical signal. At least some components of the audio module 280 may be included in, for example, the input/output interface 140 illustrated in FIG. 1. The audio module 280 processes voice information input or output through, for example, a speaker 282, a receiver 284, earphones 286, or the microphone 288. The camera module 291 photographs still and moving images, and may include one or more image sensors (for example, a front sensor or a rear sensor), a lens, an image signal processor (ISP), or a flash (for example, an LED or a xenon lamp).

    [0054] The power management module 295 may manage power of the electronic device 201 and include, for example, a power management IC (PMIC), a charger IC, or a battery gauge. The PMIC may be mounted in, for example, an integrated circuit or an SoC semiconductor. Charging methods may be classified into a wired charging method and a wireless charging method. The charger IC may charge a battery and can prevent introduction of over-voltage or over-current from a charger.

    [0055] According to an example, the charger IC may include a charger IC for at least one of the wired charging and the wireless charging. Examples of the wireless charging method may include a magnetic resonance type, a magnetic induction type, or an electromagnetic wave type, and an additional circuit for wireless charging, such as a coil loop circuit, a resonance circuit, or a rectifier circuit may be added.

    [0056] The battery gauge measures, for example, a residual quantity of the battery 296, and a voltage, a current, or a temperature, such as during the charging. The battery 296 stores or generates electricity to supply power to the electronic device 201 using the stored or generated electricity. The battery 296 may include, for example, a rechargeable battery or a solar battery.

    [0057] The indicator 297 displays a predetermined state of the electronic device 201 or a part of the electronic device 201, e.g., the AP 210, for example, a booting state, a message state, a charging state, or the like. The motor 298 converts an electrical signal into a mechanical vibration. Although not illustrated, the electronic device 201 may include a processing device (for example, a GPU) for supporting mobile TV. The processing device for supporting mobile TV processes, for example, media data associated with the standard of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB), Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), a media flow, or the like.

    [0058] Each of the above described elements of the electronic device according to various examples may be formed of one or more components, and the name of a corresponding element may vary according to the type of an electronic device. The electronic device may be formed to include at least one of the above described components, and some of the components may be omitted or additional components may be further included. Further, some of the elements of the electronic device may be coupled to form a single entity while performing the same functions as those of the corresponding elements before the coupling.

    [0059] Hereinafter, various examples in which the electronic device 101 performs a function corresponding to control information received by the electronic device 101 based on the received control information and displays the function on the display 150 of the electronic device 101 will be described.

    [0060] FIG. 3 illustrates a first embodiment of an ear jack according to the present invention. According to various embodiments, an ear jack 301 provided in an electronic device includes a left (L) terminal 302, a right (R) terminal 303, a ground (G) terminal 304, and a microphone (M) terminal 305.

    [0061] According to various embodiments, one side of the L terminal 302 is connected with a left (L) side 306. The left (L) side 306 outputs sound generated in the electronic device. The other side of the L terminal 302 is connected with a left-terminal detector

    [0062] (L-Det) 307. The left-terminal detector (L-Det) 307 detects if an object such as an earplug or moisture is in the ear jack 301. According to one embodiment, the L terminal 302 outputs sound, which is outputted from the L side 306, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 301.

    [0063] According to various embodiments, the R terminal 303 is connected with a right (R) side 308. The right (R) side 308 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. According to one embodiment, the R terminal 303 may output sound signals, outputted from the R side 308, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 301.

    [0064] According to various embodiments, one side of the G terminal 304 is connected with the ground 309. The other side of the G terminal 304 is connected with a G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 310. The G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det 310 detects if an object is sensed in the ear jack 301, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 304 when it is determined that the object sensed in the ear jack 301 is the earplug.

    [0065] According to various embodiments, the M terminal 305 is connected with a microphone (M) side 311. The microphone (M) side 311 receives an input of sound when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 301.

    [0066] According to various embodiments, the L side 306 outputs sound generated in the electronic device, to the L terminal 302. According to one embodiment, the L side 306 receives a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval from the L-terminal detector (L-Det) 307.

    [0067] According to various embodiments, the L-terminal detector (L-Det) 307 applies a set electric current in the direction of the L terminal 302, and detects if an object is sensed at the L terminal 302. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 302 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the L terminal 302, the left-terminal detector (L-Det) 307 determines if the object is located at the L terminal 302.

    [0068] According to various embodiments, the R side 308 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device, to the R terminal 303.

    [0069] According to various embodiments, the ground (G) 309 receives a set predetermined electric current from the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 310.

    [0070] According to various embodiments, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 310 detects if the object such as the earplug or moisture is sensed at the G terminal 304. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 304 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the G terminal 304, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 310 determines if the object is located at the G terminal 304. According to one embodiment, upon sensing that the object is located at the G terminal 304, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 310 applies a set predetermined electric current (or voltage) in the direction of the G terminal 304, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 304.

    [0071] According to various embodiments, the M side 311 is connected with the M terminal 305, and receives sound signals input when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 301.

    [0072] FIG. 4 illustrates a second embodiment of an ear jack according to the present invention. According to various embodiments, the ear jack 401 provided in an electronic device is connected with an object sensing device (or chip) 411 and a codec 406. According to one embodiment, the object sensing device (or chip) 411 includes a left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 412 and a Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 413. According to one embodiment, the codec 406 includes a left (L) side 407, a right (R) side 408, a microphone (MIC) side 409, and an impedance detector (IMP-Det) 410. According to one embodiment, the codec 406 may be an audio hub / audio driving chip. According to one embodiment, a central processing unit (i.e., an application processor or chip) (not shown) may be connected with the object sensing device 411 and the codec 406, to control a general operation of the electronic device.

    [0073] According to various embodiments, the ear jack 401 includes a left (L) terminal 402, a right (R) terminal 403, a ground (G) terminal 404, and a microphone (M) terminal 405. According to one embodiment, one side of the L terminal 402 connects with the left (L) side 407 of the codec 406. The left (L) side 407 of the codec 406 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. The other side of the L terminal 402 connects with the left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 412. The left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 412 detects if an object such as an earplug or moisture is in the ear jack 401. According to one embodiment, the L terminal 402 may output sound signals, outputted from the L side 407 of the codec 406, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 401.

    [0074] According to various embodiments, the R terminal 403 connects with a right (R) side 408 of the codec 406. The right (R) side 408 of the codec 406 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. According to one embodiment, the R terminal 403 outputs sounds from the R side 408 of the codec 406, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 401.

    [0075] According to various embodiments, one side of the G terminal 404 connects with the ground 414. The other side of the G terminal 404 connects with a Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 413 and an impedance detector (IMP-DET) 410. The Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 413 detects if an object is in the ear jack 401. The impedance detector (IMP-DET) 410 determines the impedance of the G terminal 404 when it is determined that the object in the ear jack 401 is the earplug.

    [0076] According to various embodiments, the M terminal 405 connects with a microphone (MIC) side 409 of the codec 406. The microphone (MIC) side 409 of the codec 406 receives an input of sound signals when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 401.

    [0077] According to various embodiments, the L side 407 of the codec 406 may output sound signals generated in the electronic device to the L terminal 402. According to one embodiment, the L side 407 of the codec 406 receives a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval from the L-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 412.

    [0078] According to various embodiments, the R side 408 of the codec 406 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device to the R terminal 403.

    [0079] According to various embodiments, the MIC side 409 of the codec 406 connects with the M terminal 405, and receives an input of sound signals from the earplug inserted into the ear jack 401.

    [0080] According to various embodiments, upon sensing that the object is located at the G terminal 404, the impedance detector (IMP-Det) 410 applies a set predetermined electric current (or voltage) in the direction of the G terminal 404, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 404.

    [0081] According to various embodiments, the L-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 412 applies a set electric current in the direction of the L terminal 402, and detects if an object is at the L terminal 402. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 402 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the L terminal 402, the left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 412 determines if the object such as the earplug or moisture is located at the L terminal 402.

    [0082] According to various embodiments, the Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 413 applies a set electric current in the direction of the G terminal 404, and detects if the object is sensed at the G terminal 404. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 404 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the G terminal 404, the Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 413 determines if the object such as the earplug or moisture is located at the G terminal 404.

    [0083] According to various embodiments, the ground (G) 414 receives a set predetermined electric current from the Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 413 and the impedance detector (IMP-Det) 410. According to one embodiment, the ground (G) 414 receives a set predetermined electric current from the Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 413. According to one embodiment, the ground (G) 414 receives a set predetermined electric current from the impedance detector (IMP-Det) 410.

    [0084] FIG. 5 illustrates a third embodiment of an ear jack according to the present invention. According to various embodiments, the ear jack 501 provided in an electronic device connects with an object sensing device (or chip) 512, a codec 508, and an integrated circuit (IC) 506. According to one embodiment, the object sensing device (or chip) 512 includes a left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 513 and a Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 514. According to one embodiment, the codec 508 includes a left (L) side 509, a right (R) side 510, and a microphone (MIC) side 511, and the IC 506 includes an impedance detector (IMP-Det) 507. That is, the impedance detector (IMP-Det) 507 is included in the IC 506 as a separate constituent element, instead of being included in the codec 508. According to one embodiment, the codec 508 is an audio hub / audio driving chip. According to one embodiment, a central processing unit (i.e., an application processor) (not shown) is connected with the object sensing device (or chip) 512 and the codec 508, and controls a general operation of the electronic device.

    [0085] According to various embodiments, the ear jack 501 includes a left (L) terminal 502, a right (R) terminal 503, a ground (G) terminal 504, and a microphone (M) terminal 505. According to one embodiment, one side of the L terminal 502 connects with a left (L) side 509 of the codec 508. The left (L) side 509 of the codec 508 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. The other side of the L terminal 502 connects with a left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 513. The left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 513 detects if an object such as an earplug or moisture is in the ear jack 501. According to one embodiment, the L terminal 502 outputs sound signals, outputted from the L side 509 of the codec 508, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 501.

    [0086] According to various embodiments, the R terminal 503 connects with a right (R) side 510 of the codec 508. The right (R) side 510 of the codec 508 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. According to one embodiment, the R terminal 503 may output sound signals, outputted from the R side 510 of the codec 508, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 501.

    [0087] According to various embodiments, one side of the G terminal 504 connects with the ground 515. The other side of the G terminal 504 connects with a Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 514 and an impedance detector (IMP-DET) 507. The Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 514 detects if an object is in the ear jack 501. The impedance detector (IMP-DET) 507 determines the impedance of the G terminal 504 when it is determined that the object sensed in the ear jack 501 is the earplug.

    [0088] According to various embodiments, the M terminal 505 connects with a microphone (MIC) side 511 of the codec 508. The microphone (MIC) side 511 of the codec 508 receives an input of sound signals from the earplug inserted into the ear jack 501.

    [0089] According to various embodiments, the L side 509 of the codec 508 may output sound signals generated in the electronic device, to the L terminal 502. According to one embodiment, the L side 509 of the codec 508 receives a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval from the L-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 513.

    [0090] According to various embodiments, the R side 510 of the codec 508 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device, to the R terminal 503.

    [0091] According to various embodiments, the MIC side 511 of the codec 508 connects with the M terminal 505, and receives an input of sound signals from the earplug inserted into the ear jack 501.

    [0092] According to various embodiments, upon sensing that the object is located at the G terminal 504, the impedance detector (IMP-Det) 507 applies a set predetermined electric current (or voltage) in the direction of the G terminal 504, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 504.

    [0093] According to various embodiments, the L-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 513 applies a set electric current in the direction of the L terminal 502, and detects if an object is sensed at the L terminal 502. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 502 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the L terminal 502, the left-terminal jack detector (L-J-Det) 513 determines if the object such as the earplug or moisture is located at the L terminal 502.

    [0094] According to various embodiments, the Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 514 applies a set electric current in the direction of the G terminal 504, and detects if the object is at the G terminal 504. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 504 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the G terminal 504, the Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 514 determines if the object such as the earplug or moisture is located at the G terminal 504.

    [0095] According to various embodiments, the ground (G) 515 receives a set predetermined electric current from one or both of the Ground-terminal jack detector (G-J-Det) 514 and the impedance detector (IMP-Det) 507.

    [0096] According to various embodiments, an electronic device may include an object sensor for determining if an object is detected at a first terminal and a second terminal among terminals of an ear jack, an impedance detector for, if the object is detected, determining the impedance of the second terminal, and a processor for determining whether the object is an earplug in accordance with whether a value of the determined impedance is greater than or equal to a set value.

    [0097] According to one embodiment, the plurality of terminals are provided that include a Left (L) terminal, a Right (R) terminal, a Ground (G) terminal, and a Microphone (M) terminal.

    [0098] According to the invention, the first terminal is the L terminal, and the second terminal is the G terminal.

    [0099] According to one embodiment, one side of the first terminal is connected to a coder/decoder (codec), and the other side of the first terminal is connected to the object sensor.

    [0100] According to one embodiment, one side of the second terminal is connected to the impedance detector and the object sensor, and the other side of the second terminal is connected to the ground.

    [0101] According to one embodiment, the object sensor is connected to each of the one side of each of the first terminal and the second terminal, to detect the object.

    [0102] According to one embodiment, the impedance detector applies a set electric current or voltage to the second terminal and the ground, to determine the impedance of the second terminal.

    [0103] According to the invention, if the value of the determined impedance is greater than or equal to a set value, the processor determines that moisture has been introduced into the ear jack.

    [0104] According to one embodiment, if a set time lapses, the impedance detector determines the impedance of the second terminal.

    [0105] According to the invention, if the determined impedance value is less than the set value, the processor determines that the earplug has been inserted into the ear jack.

    [0106] FIGs. 6A and 6B illustrate an embodiment of an electronic device when an object is sensed at an ear jack according to the present invention. According to various embodiments, a plurality of terminals is provided in the ear jack of the electronic device. For example, as illustrated in FIGS. 6A and 6B, the plurality of terminals provided in the ear jack 601 of the electronic device are a left (L) terminal 602, a right (R) terminal 603, a ground (G) terminal 604, and a microphone (M) terminal 605. In FIGs. 6A and 6B, ear jack 601 is elevated in relation to the electronic device.

    [0107] According to various embodiments, one side of the L terminal 602 connects with a left (L) side 606. The left (L) side 606 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. The other side of the L terminal 602 connects with a left-terminal detector (L-Det) 607. The left-terminal detector (L-Det) 607 detects if an object such as an earplug or moisture is in the ear jack 601. According to one embodiment, the L terminal 602 outputs sound signals, outputted from the L side 606, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 601.

    [0108] According to various embodiments, the R terminal 603 connects with a right (R) side 608. The right (R) side 608 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. According to one embodiment, the R terminal 603 outputs sound signals from the R side 608, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 601.

    [0109] According to various embodiments, one side of the G terminal 604 connects with the ground 609. The other side of the G terminal 604 connects with a G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 610. The G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 610 detects if an object is in the ear jack 601, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 604 when it is determined that the object sensed in the ear jack 601 is the earplug. According to various embodiments, the M terminal 605 connects with the M (MIC) side 611. The M (MIC) side 611 receives an input of sound signals from the earplug inserted into the ear jack 601. Below, a description is provided for an embodiment when the ear jack 601 of the electronic device heads in the up direction from the ground, as illustrated in FIGs. 6A and 6B, a circuit is operated depending on whether the object sensed in the ear jack 601.

    [0110] As shown in FIGs. 6A and 6B, the L-terminal detector (L-Det) 607 provided in the ear jack 601 of the electronic device applies a set electric current in the direction of the L terminal 602, and detects if an object is at the L terminal 602. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 602 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the L terminal 602, the left-terminal detector (L-Det) 607 determines if the object is located at the L terminal 602.

    [0111] In the aforementioned example, the left-terminal detector (L-Det) 607 provided in the ear jack 601 of the electronic device checks that the change of impedance of the L terminal 602 is sensed, as a result of applying the set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 602.

    [0112] According to various embodiments, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 610 detects if the object such as the earplug or moisture is in the G terminal 604. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 604 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the G terminal 604, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 610 determines if the object is located at the G terminal 604.

    [0113] In the aforementioned example, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 610 provided in the ear jack 601 of the electronic device checks for a change of impedance of the G terminal 604, as a result of applying the set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 604.

    [0114] According to various embodiments, the electronic device according to the present invention may not determine the impedance of the G terminal 604 of the ear jack 601, since the electronic device according to the present invention does not operate until the object is concurrently detected at the L terminal 602 and the G terminal 604. Accordingly, the electronic device determines that the earplug has not been inserted into the ear jack 601, and does not convert into an earphone mode.

    [0115] FIGs. 7A and 7B illustrate another embodiment of an electronic device when an object is sensed at an ear jack according to the present invention. According to various embodiments, a plurality of terminals is provided in the ear jack of the electronic device. For example, as illustrated in FIGS. 7A and 7B, the plurality of terminals provided in the ear jack 701 of the electronic device may be a left (L) terminal 702, a right (R) terminal 703, a ground (G) terminal 704, and a microphone (M) terminal 705. In FIGs. 7A and 7B, ear jack 701 is on a same level as the electronic device.

    [0116] According to various embodiments, one side of the L terminal 702 connects with a left (L) side 706. The left (L) side 706 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. The other side of the L terminal 702 connects with a left-terminal detector (L-Det) 707. The left-terminal detector (L-Det) 707 detects if an object such as an earplug or moisture is in the ear jack 701. According to one embodiment, the L terminal 702 outputs sound signals, outputted from the L side 706, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 701.

    [0117] According to various embodiments, the R terminal 703 connects with a right (R) side 708. The right (R) side 708 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. According to one embodiment, the R terminal 703 outputs sound signals, outputted from the R side 708, in the direction of the earplug, when the earplug is inserted into the ear jack 701.

    [0118] According to various embodiments, one side of the G terminal 704 connects with the ground 709. The other side of the G terminal 704 connects with a G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710. The G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 detects if an object is in the ear jack 701, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 704 when it is determined that the object sensed in the ear jack 701 is the earplug.

    [0119] According to various embodiments, the M terminal 705 connects with the M (MIC) side 711. The M (MIC) side 711 receives an input of sound from the earplug inserted into the ear jack 701. Below, a description is made for an embodiment in which, when the ear jack 701 of the electronic device is horizontal or is maintained at an angle less than 90 degrees with the ground, as illustrated in FIGs. 7A and 7B, a circuit is operated depending on the object sensed in the ear jack 701.

    [0120] According to various embodiments, the L-terminal detector (L-Det) 707 provided in the ear jack 701 of the electronic device applies a set electric current in the direction of the L terminal 702, and detects if an object is at the L terminal 702. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 702 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the L terminal 702, the left-terminal detector (L-Det) 707 determines if the object is located at the L terminal 702.

    [0121] In the aforementioned example, the left-terminal detector (L-Det) 707 provided in the ear jack 701 of the electronic device senses a change of impedance of the L terminal 702, since moisture has been introduced into the L terminal 702 as a result of applying the set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 702.

    [0122] According to various embodiments, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 detects that the object at the G terminal 704 is moisture by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 704 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the G terminal 704.

    [0123] In the aforementioned example, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 provided in the ear jack 701 of the electronic device senses that the change of impedance of the G terminal 704, since moisture has been introduced into the G terminal 704 as a result of applying the set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 704.

    [0124] According to various embodiments, if the electronic device determines that an object is detected at the L terminal 702 and the G terminal 704 among terminals of the ear jack, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 applies a set predetermined electric current (or voltage) in the direction of the G terminal 704 and the ground 709, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 704. For example, when the electric current applied in the direction of the G terminal 704 and the ground 709 in the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 is 1 Ampere (A), and the voltage detected in the G terminal 704 is 20 Kilo Volt (KV), the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 may determine an impedance value of the G terminal 704 as 20 KΩ.

    [0125] According to the invention, the electronic device determines whether the sensed object is the earplug depending on whether a value of impedance determined in the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 is greater than or equal to a set value.

    [0126] According to the invention, if it is determined that the value of the impedance determined in the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 710 is greater than or equal to the set value, the electronic device may determine that moisture, not the earplug, has been introduced into the ear jack 701. For example, when the impedance value being set in the electronic device is 20 KΩ, in the aforementioned example, the electronic device may determine that moisture, not the earplug, has been introduced into the ear jack 701, because the impedance value of the G terminal 704 is determined as 20 KΩ. Accordingly, the electronic device may determine that the earplug has not been inserted into the ear jack 701, and not convert into an earphone mode.

    [0127] FIG. 8 illustrates a further embodiment of an electronic device when an object is sensed at an ear jack according to the present invention. According to the invention, a plurality of terminals is provided in the ear jack of the electronic device. For example, as illustrated in FIG. 8, the plurality of terminals provided in the ear jack 801 of the electronic device include a left (L) terminal 802, a right (R) terminal 803, a ground (G) terminal 804, and a microphone (M) terminal 805.

    [0128] According to various embodiments, one side of the L terminal 802 connects with a left (L) side 806. The left (L) side 806 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. The other side of the L terminal 802 connects with a left-terminal detector (L-Det) 807. The left-terminal detector (L-Det) 807 detects if an object such as an earplug 812 or moisture is in the ear jack 801. According to one embodiment, the L terminal 802 outputs sound signals, outputted from the L side 806, in the direction of the earplug 812, when the earplug 812 is inserted into the ear jack 801.

    [0129] According to various embodiments, the R terminal 803 connects with a right (R) side 808. The right (R) side 808 outputs sound signals generated in the electronic device. According to one embodiment, the R terminal 803 outputs sound signals outputted from the R side 808, in the direction of the earplug 812, when the earplug 812 is inserted into the ear jack 801.

    [0130] According to various embodiments, one side of the G terminal 804 connects with the ground 809. The other side of the G terminal 804 connects with a G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810. The G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 detects if an object is in the ear jack 801, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 804 when it is determined that the object sensed in the ear jack 801 is the earplug 812.

    [0131] According to various embodiments, the M terminal 805 connects with the M (MIC) side 811. The M (MIC) side 811 may receive an input of sound signals from the earplug 812 inserted into the ear jack 801. Below, a description is made for an embodiment in which, when the earplug 812 is inserted into the ear jack 801 of the electronic device as illustrated in FIG. 8, a circuit is operated depending on the object sensed in the ear jack 801.

    [0132] According to various embodiments, the L-terminal detector (L-Det) 807 provided in the ear jack 801 of the electronic device applies a set electric current in the direction of the L terminal 802, and detects if an object is at the L terminal 802. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 802 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the L terminal 802, the left-terminal detector (L-Det) 807 determines if the object is located at the L terminal 802.

    [0133] In the aforementioned example, the left-terminal detector (L-Det) 807 provided in the ear jack 801 of the electronic device senses the change of impedance of the L terminal 802, since the earplug 812 is located at the L terminal 802 as a result of applying the set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the L terminal 802.

    [0134] According to various embodiments, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 detects if the object such as the earplug 812 or moisture is sensed at the G terminal 804. According to one embodiment, by applying a set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 804 and sensing a variation of the impedance of the G terminal 804, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 determines if the object is located at the G terminal 804.

    [0135] In the aforementioned example, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 provided in the ear jack 801 of the electronic device senses the change of impedance of the G terminal 804, since the earplug 812 is located at the G terminal 804 as a result of applying the set predetermined electric current at a predetermined interval in the direction of the G terminal 804.

    [0136] According to various embodiments, if the electronic device determines that an object is detected at the L terminal 802 and the G terminal 804 among terminals of the ear jack, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 applies a set predetermined electric current (or voltage) in the direction of the G terminal 804 and the ground 809, and determines the impedance of the G terminal 804. For example, when the electric current applied in the direction of the G terminal 804 and the ground 809 in the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 is 1 Ampere (A), and the voltage detected in the G terminal 804 is 500 V, the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 may determine an impedance value of the G terminal 804 as 500 Ω.

    [0137] According to the invention, the electronic device determines whether the sensed object is the earplug 812 depending on whether a value of impedance determined in the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 is greater than or equal to a set value. According to the invention, if it is determined that the value of the impedance determined in the G-terminal impedance detector / G-terminal jack detector (G-imp-Det / G-Det) 810 is less than the set value, the electronic device determines that the earplug 812 has been introduced into the ear jack 801. For example, when the impedance value being set in the electronic device is 20 KΩ, in the aforementioned example, the electronic device may determine that the earplug 812 has been introduced into the ear jack 801, because the impedance value of the G terminal 804 is determined as 500 Ω. Accordingly, the electronic device may check that the earplug 812 has been inserted into the ear jack 801, thus converting into an earphone mode.

    [0138] FIG. 9 is a flowchart of an operation of an electronic device according to the present invention.

    [0139] In step 901 of FIG., the electronic device determines if an object is detected at a first terminal and a second terminal among terminals of an ear jack.

    [0140] If in step 901 the electronic device determines that the object is detected at the first terminal and the second terminal among the terminals of the ear jack, in step 902, the electronic device calculates the impedance of the second terminal. As described above, the G-terminal impedance detector (G-imp-Det) of the electronic device applies a set predetermined electric current (or voltage) in the direction of the G terminal and the ground, and determines the impedance of the G terminal.

    [0141] In step 903, the electronic device determines if the calculated impedance value is greater than or equal to a set value. For example, as described above, when the impedance value being set in the electronic device is set as 20 KΩ, the electronic device determines whether the calculated impedance value of the G terminal is greater than or equal to 20 KΩ.

    [0142] If in step 903 it is determined that the impedance value calculated in the electronic device is less than the set value, the electronic device determines in step 904 that an earplug has been inserted into the ear jack. For example, as described above, when the electronic device determines that the impedance value of the G terminal is equal to 500 Ω, the electronic device determines that the earplug has been inserted into the ear jack.

    [0143] If in step 901 the electronic device determines that the object is not detected at the first terminal and the second terminal among the terminals of the ear jack, the electronic device returns to step 901.

    [0144] If in step 903 it is determined that the impedance value calculated in the electronic device is greater than or equal to the set value, the electronic device determines that moisture has been introduced into the ear jack. As described above, when the impedance value in the electronic device is set as 20 KΩ, and the calculated impedance value of the G terminal is determined as 50 KΩ, the electronic device determines that moisture has been introduced into the ear jack, and the electronic device returns to step 901. The electronic device may repeat the aforementioned step 901, since moisture in the ear jack of the electronic device may evaporate.

    [0145] FIG. 10 is a flowchart of a method of an electronic device according to the present invention.

    [0146] In step 1001 of FIG. 10, the electronic device detects an object at a first terminal and a second terminal among terminals of an ear jack.

    [0147] If the object is detected, the electronic device determines the impedance of the second terminal in step 1002. As described above, the G-terminal impedance detector (G-imp-Det) of the electronic device applies a set predetermined electric current (or voltage) in the direction of the G terminal and the ground, and calculates the impedance of the G terminal.

    [0148] In step 1003, the electronic device determines whether the object is an earplug depending on whether a value of the calculated impedance is greater than or equal to a set value.

    [0149] According to the invention, a method of operation an electronic device is provided that includes determining if an object is detected at a first terminal and a second terminal among terminals of an ear jack, if the object is detected, calculating the impedance of the second terminal, and determining if the object is an earplug in accordance with whether a value of the determined impedance is greater than or equal to a set value.

    [0150] Determining if the object is detected includes detecting the object in the object sensor connected to each of the one sides of the first terminal and the second terminal.

    [0151] According to one embodiment, determining the impedance of the second terminal includes checking that a set electric current or voltage is applied to the second terminal from the impedance detector and is introduced to the ground, and determining the impedance of the second terminal in the impedance detector.

    [0152] Determining if the object is the earplug includes, if the value of the determined impedance is greater than or equal to a set value, determining that moisture is introduced into the ear jack.

    [0153] According to one embodiment, if a set time lapses, the impedance of the second terminal is determined.

    [0154] Determining if the object is the earplug includes, if the determined impedance value is less than the set value, determining that the earplug has been inserted into the ear jack.

    [0155] Various embodiments of the present invention provide an apparatus and method capable of, when an object is sensed at a first terminal of an ear jack and a second terminal thereof, determining the impedance of the second terminal and determining whether an earplug is inserted into the ear jack, thereby being able to prevent a malfunction of the ear jack caused by the introduction of moisture.

    [0156] Embodiments of the present invention disclosed in the present specification and drawings merely suggest specific examples so as to easily describe the technological content of the present invention and help the understanding of the present invention, and are not intended to limit the scope of the present invention. Accordingly, it should be understood that the scope of the present invention is defined by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. An operation method of an electronic device, the method comprising:

    determining (901, 1001) through an object sensor (411, 512) if an object is detected at a first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) among a plurality of terminals of an ear jack (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) based on sensing a first variation of a first impedance between a first side and a second side of the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802);

    determining (901, 1001) if an object is detected at a second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) among a plurality of terminals of an ear jack (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) based on sensing a second variation of a second impedance between a first side and a second side of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804);

    in response to determining that the object is detected at the first terminal and the second terminal, calculating (902, 1002) through an impedance detector (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) a third impedance of the second terminal;

    determining (903, 1003) a type of the object according to the third impedance from among an earplug or moisture;

    wherein determining (903, 1003) the type of the object comprises:

    if the third impedance is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, determining (905) that moisture is in the ear jack (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801); or

    if the third impedance value is less than the predetermined value, determining (904) that an earplug (812) is in the ear jack (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801); and

    wherein the first terminal is a left terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802), and the second terminal is a ground terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804).


     
    2. The method of claim 1, wherein the plurality of terminals further include a right terminal (303, 403, 503, 603, 703, 803) and a microphone terminal (305, 405, 505, 605, 705, 805).
     
    3. The method of claim 2, wherein the second side of the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) is connected to a coder/decoder (406, 508), and the first side of the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) is connected to the object sensor (411, 512).
     
    4. The method of claim 3, wherein the first side of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) is connected to the impedance detector and the object sensor (411, 512), and the second side of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) is connected to ground.
     
    5. The method of any one of claims 1 - 3, wherein the object sensor (411, 512) is connected to each of the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) and the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804).
     
    6. The method of any one of the preceding claims, wherein calculating (902, 1002) the third impedance of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) comprises: checking that a set electric current or voltage is applied to the first side of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) from the impedance detector and checking that the second side of the second terminal is coupled to ground.
     
    7. An electronic device (101) comprising:

    an object sensor (411, 512) connected to each of a first side of a first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) and a first side of a second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) and configured to determine (901, 1001) if an object is detected at the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) based on sensing a first variation of a first impedance between the first side and a second side of the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) and configured to determine (901, 1001) if an object is detected at the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) among a plurality of terminals of an ear jack (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) based on sensing a second variation of a second impedance between the first side and a second side of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804);

    an impedance detector (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) configured to calculate (902, 1002), in response to determining that the object is detected at the first terminal and the second terminal, a third impedance of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804);

    a processor configured to determine (903, 1003) a type of the object according to the third impedance from among an earplug or moisture;

    wherein, if the third impedance is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, the processor is configured to determine (905) that moisture is in the ear jack (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) or if the third impedance is less than the predetermined value, the processor is configured to determine (904) that an earplug (812) is in the ear jack (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801); and

    wherein the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) is a left terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802), and the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) is a ground terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804).


     
    8. The device of claim 7, wherein the plurality of terminals further include a right terminal (303, 403, 503, 603, 703, 803) and a microphone terminal (305, 405, 505, 605, 705, 805).
     
    9. The device of claim 7 wherein the second side of the first terminal (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) is connected to a coder/decoder (406, 508).
     
    10. The device of claim 9, wherein the first side of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) is connected to the impedance detector (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) and the object sensor (411, 512), and the second side of the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) is connected to ground.
     
    11. The device of any one of claims 7 to 10, wherein the impedance detector (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) is configured to apply a set electric current or voltage to the second terminal (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804), and determine (902, 1002) the third impedance of the second terminal.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Betriebsverfahren einer elektronischen Vorrichtung, das Verfahren umfassend:

    Bestimmen (901, 1001) durch einen Objektsensor (411, 512), ob ein Objekt an einem ersten Anschluss (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) unter einer Vielzahl von Anschlüssen einer Ohrhörerbuchse (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) basierend auf einem Erfassung einer ersten Variation einer ersten Impedanz zwischen einer ersten Seite und einer zweiten Seite des ersten Anschlusses (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802);

    Bestimmen (901, 1001), ob ein Objekt an einem zweiten Anschluss (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) unter einer Vielzahl von Anschlüssen einer Ohrhörerbuchse (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) erfasst wird, basierend auf einem Erfassen einer zweiten Variation einer zweiten Impedanz zwischen einer ersten Seite und einer zweiten Seite des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804);

    als Reaktion auf ein Bestimmen, dass das Objekt an dem ersten Anschluss und an dem zweiten Anschluss erfasst wird, Berechnen (902, 1002), durch einen Impedanzdetektor (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810), einer dritten Impedanz des zweiten Anschlusses;

    Bestimmen (903, 1003) einer Art des Objekts gemäß der dritten Impedanz unter einem Ohrhörerstecker oder Feuchtigkeit;

    wobei ein Bestimmen (903, 1003) der Art des Objekts Folgendes umfasst:

    wenn die dritte Impedanz größer als oder gleich wie ein vorbestimmter Wert ist, Bestimmen (905), dass Feuchtigkeit in der Ohrhörerbuchse (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ist; oder

    wenn der dritte Impedanzwert kleiner als der vorbestimmte Wert ist, Bestimmen (904), dass ein Ohrhörerstecker (812) in der Ohrhörerbuchse (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ist; und wobei der erste Anschluss ein linker Anschluss (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) und der zweite Anschluss ein Masseanschluss (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) ist.


     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Vielzahl von Anschlüssen ferner einen rechten Anschluss (303, 403, 503, 603, 703, 803) und einen Mikrofonanschluss (305, 405, 505, 605, 705, 805) umfasst.
     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2, wobei die zweite Seite des ersten Anschlusses (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) mit einem Codierer/Decodierer (406, 508) verbunden ist und die erste Seite des ersten Anschlusses (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) mit dem Objektsensor (411, 512) verbunden ist.
     
    4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 3, wobei die erste Seite des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) mit dem Impedanzdetektor und dem Objektsensor (411, 512) verbunden ist, und die zweite Seite des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) mit Masse verbunden ist.
     
    5. Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1-3, wobei der Objektsensor (411, 512) mit jedem von dem ersten Anschluss (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) und dem zweiten Anschluss (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) verbunden ist.
     
    6. Verfahren nach einem der vorherigen Ansprüche, wobei ein Berechnen (902, 1002) der dritten Impedanz des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) Folgendes umfasst:
    Prüfen, ob ein bestimmter elektrischer Strom oder eine bestimmte elektrische Spannung an der ersten Seite des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) von dem Impedanzdetektor angelegt ist, und Prüfen, ob die zweite Seite des zweiten Anschlusses mit Masse gekoppelt ist.
     
    7. Elektronische Vorrichtung (101), umfassend:

    einen Objektsensor (411, 512), der mit jeder einer ersten Seite eines ersten Anschlusses (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) und einer ersten Seite eines zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) verbunden ist und konfiguriert ist, um basierend auf einem Erfassen einer ersten Variation einer ersten Impedanz zwischen der ersten Seite und einer zweiten Seite des ersten Anschlusses (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) zu bestimmen (901, 1001), ob ein Objekt an dem ersten Anschluss (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) erfasst wird, und konfiguriert ist, um basierend auf einem Erfassen einer zweiten Variation einer zweiten Impedanz zwischen der ersten Seite und einer zweiten Seite des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) zu bestimmen (901, 1001), ob ein Objekt an dem zweiten Anschluss (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) unter einer Vielzahl von Anschlüssen einer Ohrhörerbuchse (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) erfasst wird;

    einen Impedanzdetektor (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810), der konfiguriert ist, um als Reaktion auf ein Bestimmen, dass das Objekt an dem ersten Anschluss und dem zweiten Anschluss erfasst wird, eine dritte Impedanz des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) zu berechnen (902, 1002);

    einen Prozessor, der konfiguriert ist, um eine Art des Objekts gemäß der dritten Impedanz unter einem Ohrhörerstecker oder Feuchtigkeit zu bestimmen (903, 1003);

    wobei, wenn die dritte Impedanz größer als oder gleich wie ein vorbestimmter Wert ist, der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um zu bestimmt (905), dass Feuchtigkeit in der Ohrhörerbuchse (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ist, oder wenn die dritte Impedanz kleiner als der vorbestimmte Wert ist, wobei der Prozessor konfiguriert ist, um zu bestimmt (904), dass ein Ohrhörerstecker (812) in der Ohrhörerbuchse (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ist; und

    wobei der erste Anschluss (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) ein linker Anschluss (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) ist und der zweite Anschluss (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) ein Masseanschluss (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) ist.


     
    8. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 7,
    wobei die Vielzahl von Anschlüssen ferner einen rechten Anschluss (303, 403, 503, 603, 703, 803) und einen Mikrofonanschluss (305, 405, 505, 605, 705, 805) beinhaltet.
     
    9. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 7, wobei die zweite Seite des ersten Anschlusses (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) mit einem Codierer/Decodierer (406, 508) verbunden ist.
     
    10. Vorrichtung nach Anspruch 9, wobei die erste Seite des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) mit dem Impedanzdetektor (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) und dem Objektsensor (411, 512) verbunden ist und die zweite Seite des zweiten Anschlusses (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) mit Masse verbunden ist.
     
    11. Vorrichtung nach einem der Ansprüche 7 bis 10, wobei der Impedanzdetektor (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) konfiguriert ist, um einen festgelegten elektrischen Strom oder eine festgelegte elektrische Spannung an den zweiten Anschluss (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) anzulegen, und um (902, 1002) die dritte Impedanz des zweiten Anschlusses zu bestimmen.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé de fonctionnement d'un dispositif électronique, le procédé comprenant :

    la détermination (901, 1001) par l'intermédiaire d'un capteur d'objet (411, 512)

    pour savoir si un objet est détecté sur une première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802)

    parmi une pluralité de bornes d'une prise écouteur (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) sur la base de la détection d'une première variation d'une première impédance entre un premier côté et un second côté de la première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) ;

    la détermination (901, 1001) pour savoir si un objet est détecté au niveau d'une seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) parmi une pluralité de bornes d'une prise écouteur (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) sur la base de la détection d'une seconde variation d'une deuxième impédance entre un premier côté et un second côté de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) ;

    en réponse à la détermination que l'objet est détecté au niveau de la première borne et de la seconde borne, le calcul (902, 1002), par l'intermédiaire d'un détecteur d'impédance (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) d'une troisième impédance de la seconde borne ;

    la détermination (903, 1003) d'un type d'objet selon la troisième impédance parmi une oreillette ou de l'humidité ;

    ladite détermination (903, 1003) du type de l'objet comprenant :

    si la troisième impédance est supérieure ou égale à une valeur prédéfinie, la détermination (905) que de l'humidité se trouve dans la prise écouteur (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ; ou

    si la troisième valeur d'impédance est inférieure à la valeur prédéfinie, la détermination (904) qu'une oreillette (812) se trouve dans la prise écouteur (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ; et ladite première borne étant une borne gauche (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802), et ladite seconde borne étant une borne de mise à la terre (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804).


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, ladite pluralité de bornes comprenant en outre une borne droite (303, 403, 503, 603, 703, 803) et une borne de microphone (305, 405, 505, 605, 705, 805).
     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 2, ledit second côté de la première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) étant connecté à un codeur/décodeur (406, 508) et le premier côté de la première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) étant connecté au capteur d'objet (411, 512).
     
    4. Procédé selon la revendication 3, ledit premier côté de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) étant connectée au détecteur d'impédance et au capteur d'objet (411, 512), et
    ledit second côté de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) étant connecté à la terre.
     
    5. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, ledit capteur d'objet (411, 512) étant
    connecté à chacune de la première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) et de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804).
     
    6. Procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, ledit calcul (902, 1002) de la troisième impédance de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) comprenant :
    la vérification qu'un courant ou une tension électrique défini(e) est appliqué(e) au premier côté de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) du détecteur d'impédance et la vérification que le second côté de la seconde borne est couplé à la terre.
     
    7. Dispositif électronique (101) comprenant :

    un capteur d'objet (411, 512) connecté à chacun d'un premier côté d'une première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) et d'un premier côté d'une seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) et conçu pour déterminer (901, 1001) si un objet est détecté au niveau de la première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) sur la base de la détection d'une première variation d'une première impédance entre le premier côté et un second côté de la première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) et conçu pour déterminer (901, 1001) si un objet est détecté au niveau de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) parmi une pluralité de bornes d'une prise écouteur (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) sur la base de la détection d'une seconde variation d'une deuxième impédance entre le premier côté et un second côté de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) ;

    un détecteur d'impédance (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) conçu pour calculer (902, 1002), en réponse à la détermination que l'objet est détecté au niveau de la première borne et de la seconde borne, une troisième impédance de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) ;

    un processeur conçu pour déterminer (903, 1003) un type d'objet selon la troisième impédance parmi une oreillette ou de l'humidité ;

    si la troisième impédance est supérieure ou égale à une valeur prédéfinie, ledit processeur étant configuré pour déterminer (905) que de l'humidité se trouve dans la prise écouteur (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ou si la troisième impédance est inférieure à la valeur prédéfinie, ledit processeur étant configuré pour déterminer (904) qu'une oreillette (812) se trouve dans la prise écouteur (301, 401, 501, 601, 701, 801) ; et

    ladite première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) étant une borne gauche (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) et ladite seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) étant une borne de mise à la terre (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804).


     
    8. Dispositif selon la revendication 7,
    ladite pluralité de bornes comprenant en outre
    une borne droite (303, 403, 503, 603, 703, 803) et une borne de microphone (305, 405, 505, 605, 705, 805).
     
    9. Dispositif selon la revendication 7, ledit second côté de la première borne (302, 402, 502, 602, 702, 802) étant connecté à un codeur/décodeur (406, 508).
     
    10. Dispositif selon la revendication 9, ledit premier côté de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) étant connecté au détecteur d'impédance (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) et au capteur d'objet (411, 512), et ledit second côté de la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804) étant connecté à la terre.
     
    11. Dispositif selon l'une quelconque des revendications 7 à 10, ledit détecteur d'impédance (310, 410, 507, 610, 710, 810) étant conçu pour appliquer un courant ou une tension électrique défini(e) à la seconde borne (304, 404, 504, 604, 704, 804),
    et déterminer (902, 1002) la troisième impédance de la seconde borne.
     




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