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IN-VEHICLE EMAIL-TO-SPEECH CONVERTER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008894D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Volker Martschink: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

When an email message is received, it is con- verted into speech and read to the recipient. This arrangement may be used by the driver of a vehicle.

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MO-LA Technical Developments

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IN-VEHICLE EMAIL-TO-SPEECH CONVERTER

by Volker Martschink and Hans-Peter Herzig

ABSTRACT

  When an email message is received, it is con- verted into speech and read to the recipient. This arrangement may be used by the driver of a vehicle.

INTRODUCTION

  This paper describes a text-to-speech interface for an email receiving portable or mobile radio unit, or a pager.

PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED

  Electronic mail messages can be received in a vehicle by a pager or by a mobile or portable radio. However, the driver of a vehicle cannot simultane- ously read an incoming email message and concen- trate adequately on traffic.

  Additionally, if the email is to be presented to the driver, a display must be provided. However, the driver does not have his/her hands free to 'scroll' a message. Therefore such a display would need to be large in order to display the entire message, and large displays are expensive. They may also be un- reliable given the heat and vibration present in the interior of a vehicle.

PROPOSED SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS

  In accordance with the proposed arrangement, the email message is received by the pager or radio in the usual way. Instead of being shown on a dis- play, the message is piped through a voice proces- sor. This processor converts the text message into speech. This speech is routed to a speaker.

  An enhancement for analogue systems can be the transmission by the system to the user's mobile or handheld equipment of pre-defin...