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e-mail with Reaction in response

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016073D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Aug-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention allows a user to flag an e-mail message as: "a return picture should be sent, or must be sent". A picture is taken using a recipient's "web cam" at some time established by a sender and again when the message is closed. After closing the e-mail message, the recipient is prompted and informed that the sender has asked to see their reaction to the message, and asks if it is OK to send the picture(s).

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e-mail with Reaction in response

   This invention allows a user to flag an e-mail message as: "a return picture should be sent, or must be sent". A picture is taken using a recipient's "web cam" at some time established by a sender and again when the message is closed. After closing the e-mail message, the recipient is prompted and informed that the sender has asked to see their reaction to the message, and asks if it is OK to send the picture(s).

Options include:

Using a microphone to wait for noise such as laughter before taking a picture

Provide a mechanism to make the recipient read at a certain speed; this could be

accomplished by using animation to show one word at a time, thereby giving a punch line at a particular time. This would permit a picture to be taken at this time, or possibly have a web cam run for the punch line. Only allow the recipient to see the message if an automatic "reaction in response" is

permitted Allow for several pictures to be taken -- one when the message is opened, one after

a given number of minutes, and one when the message is closed or when a reply button is pressed. Allow picture size to be specified either by the sender or the recipient.


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