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A method and apparatus to enhance remote usability features for a data processing system and facilitate operations for handicap accessibility.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000012680D
Original Publication Date: 2003-May-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-May-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A Method and Apparatus to enhance Remote Usability features for a data processing system and facilitate operations for Handicap Accessibility

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  A method and apparatus to enhance remote usability features for a data processing system and facilitate operations for handicap accessibility.

A method and apparatus to enhance remote usability features for a data processing system and facilitate operations for handicap accessibility is being disclosed. In the current scenario, data processing systems provide various menus to facilitate the boot process upto operating system. The current invention proposes a method to operate all the available menus during the Initial Program Load of a data processing system, or over a phone via touch pad or voice response. With the proposed invention a disabled person can operate the machine without having a monitor, keyboard, mouse and a need to be close to the system physically. By this way remote users or disabled person can get full control of the system during boot process and also monitor the boot progress.

A data processing system will have a micro processor called support processor and firmware to control operations for it. This support processor firmware provides a software program which is capable of understanding and translating voice responses and touch pad key inputs. A phone is connected to the data processing system via a modem (ordinary 56k or a DSL). Support processor program has access to modem via serial port or built in ethernet. An operator logs into the system over the phone by dialing a designated number assigned to the server. Once the connection is estab...