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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACTIVATING TELEPHONE SERVICES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007866D
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-30
Document File: 9 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Apparatus for activating telephone services includes a central processing unit and a storage device connected to the central processing unit for storing images and associated telephone numbers. A visual display is connected to the central processing unit for displaying one or more images from the storage device. The central processing unit is responsive to a retrieval signal for retrieving a digital image from the storage device and displaying the digital images on the visual display; and responsive to a dial command for dialing the phone number associated with an image on the visual display

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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACTIVATING TELEPHONE SERVICES

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

                                        Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the telephone according to the present disclosure;

                                        Fig. 2 is an illustrative block diagram of an image-actuated telephone;

                                        Fig. 3 is a flow chart showing the sequence of how the telephone operates;

                                        Fig. 4 is a flow chart showing the logic of how the image files are entered into a telephone 10;

                                        Fig. 5 is a schematic representation of a file structure of the master index directory and file of the telephone and how the master index directory is accessed and displayed;

                                        Fig. 6 is a schematic representation of the master index directory stored in the memory of the telephone;

                                        Fig. 7 is a schematic representation of a personal master index directory 900;  and

                                        Fig. 8 is a flow chart describing how the user creates the master index directory and related files.

                                        Fig. 1, shows a telephone 10, having an interactive display 20, a CD-ROM or Digital Video Disk reader/writer 30, which accesses images 35, provided on the CD-ROM or DVD 40, a central processing unit (CPU) 50 (see Fig. 2), a system memory 55 (see Fig. 2), a keypad 60, a telephone hand set 70, and a power supply 80.  The images 35 are stored in digital format and are retrieved via the CD reader/writer 30 and displayed on the interactive display 20 such as a LCD display with an analog touch screen such as theG-26-1D available from Gunze 10-4 Nihonbashi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0027 Japan.  The images 35 may also be stored in digital format on a floppy disk and are retrieved via the floppy disk drive 45, or stored on a PCMCIA card and are entered via a PCMCIA card reader 46.  The CPU 50 links the displayed images 35 to telephone numbers stored in the memory 55 in such a way that when a displayed image 35 is touched by the user, the telephone number linked to that image 35 is automatically dialed.  The telephone numbers stored in system memory 55 may be dialed and images 35 may be retrieved with voice commands spoken into the hand set 70 or microphone 95 using software such as IBM’s “Via Voice” running on the CPU 50.  A speaker 85 permits the  telephone 10 to be used in a speakerphone mode.  The speakerphone mode is initiated by pushing the button 75 or touching icon 78 on the interactive display 20.  The user may pre-select a mode for entering commands using buttons 76 and 77 for voice and touch screen input respectively or touching icons 36, 37, and 38 displayed on the interactive display 20 representing voice, keypad and touch screen respectively.  The default command entry mode is via the keypad 60. The method for entering commands is described later with reference to Fig. 3.

            Referring now to Fig. 2, there is shown an illustrative block diagram of a voice and image actuated telephone 10 (Fig. 1), useful for describing the operation of the present disclosure.  The telephone includes an I/O interface 100 which communicates over data bus 110 with CPU 50, which in turn passes information ove...