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REPROGRAPHIC SYSTEM WITH VOICE RESPONSIVE USER INTERFACE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026417D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

In reprographic systems, especially systems intended for high-volume, central-reprographic applications, it is considered essential to keep the systems running at or near capacity in order to produce copies in a cost effective manner. Consequently, the user interface of such systems may become a focal point of the operator's attention, and potentially the limiting factor in maximizing operator efficiency. Generally, when an operator is attentive to the user interface of one system, she may not be aware of the conditions or statuses of additional systems.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

REPROGRAPHIC SYSTEM WITH Proposed Classification VOICE RESPONSIVE USER U.S. C1.355/202 INTERFACE Int. C1. G03b 17/00 Jonathan D. Levine

In reprographic systems, especially systems intended for high-volume, central- reprographic applications, it is considered essential to keep the systems running at or near capacity in order to produce copies in a cost effective manner. Consequently, the user interface of such systems may become a focal point of the operator's attention, and potentially the limiting factor in maximizing operator efficiency. Generally, when an operator is attentive to the user interface of one system, she may not be aware of the conditions or statuses of additional systems.

Accordingly, the present invention addresses this user interface limitation by equipping high volume reprographic machines with speech synthesis and voice recognition capabilities, to allow the operator to communicate in his or her natural language. Such an addition would allow the operator to query the system status or to program a copying job verbally and receive an audible response. Moreover, this communication may occur when the operator is away from the system by utilizing a microphone and a headset. In practice, the system would respond to operator questions and commands with spoken phrases. Also, the system would be able to initiate communications for important events, such as impending shutdowns or faults which ultimately result in limits on prod...