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COPIER WITH VOICE INTERFACE FOR VISUALLY HANDICAPPED OPERATORS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026437D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

The present invention was developed because visually impaired operators of reprographic systems have difficulty operating the systems, due primarily to their inability to see the user interface. Briefly, the present invention utilizes available voice synthesis technology to provide audible feedback from a reprographic system to a visually impaired operator.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

COPIER WITH VOICE INTERFACE FOR VISUALLY HANDICAPPED U.S. C1.355/202 OPERATORS Int. C1. G03g 21/00 Craig A. Smith
Mark A. Byers

Proposed Classification

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r---------- RS232

: Auditron Personal

---------, L Computer

                                                                         W 1 Xerox* 1090* Speech

1 16 Copier S y n t h esize r

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Vol. 17, No. 1 January/February 1992 3

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COPIER WITH VOICE INTERFACE FOR VISUALLY HANDICAPPED OPERATORS(Cont'd)

The present invention was developed because visually impaired operators of reprographic systems have difficulty operating the systems, due primarily to their inability to see the user interface. Briefly, the present invention utilizes available voice synthesis technology to provide audible feedback from a reprographic system to a visually impaired operator.

More specifically, as illustrated in the figure, reprographic system 12, which in the present embodiment is a Xerox0 10900 Copier, is interfaced via a personal computer, 14, and voice synthesizer, 16, to speaker(s) or headphones 18. In operation, reprographic system 12 communicates via an RS232 port, used for the auditron function on the 10900 Copier, to a personal computer or similar microprocessor based system, 14. The data sent to computer 14 is in the form of machine status information, particularly machine state data. Subsequently, software residing in computer 14 interprets the data, in conjunction with the operat...