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ENTERTAINMENT DISPLAY FOR PRINTING MACHINES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000026803D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

A display for a printing machine that provides entertainment during waiting periods for completion of printing machine operations is proposed. On standard printer displays or on separate additional displays, graphical animations or messages can provide entertainment for machine users while waiting for machine operations that last for extended periods of time such as fuser warm-up and long copy runs. Consequently, monitors which have been used to enable operational control of printing machines now serve an additional function as an operator or user entertainment display. This method of entertaining waiting operators can affect operator productivity in a positive manner by providing the operator with information that is educational and productive. For example, new productivity tips can be provided to the operator waiting for the completion of a large copy run.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

ENTERTAINMENT DISPLAY FOR Proposed Classification PRINTING MACHINES U.S. C1.355/133 Dennis F. Batt
C1. Int. William J. Spear G03b OO/OO

A display for a printing machine that provides entertainment during waiting periods for completion of printing machine operations is proposed. On standard printer displays or on separate additional displays, graphical animations or messages can provide entertainment for machine users while waiting for machine operations that last for extended periods of time such as fuser warm-up and long copy runs. Consequently, monitors which have been used to enable operational control of printing machines now serve an additional function as an operator or user entertainment display. This method of entertaining waiting operators can affect operator productivity in a positive manner by providing the operator with information that is educational and productive. For example, new productivity tips can be provided to the operator waiting for the completion of a large copy run.

In one operating scenario, the printing machine user initiates a job via the display monitor or keypad. A confirmation notice is provided to the user at the monitor to indicate the successful initiation of the print job. Immediately thereafter the monitor switches to an entertainment mode to display educationally entertaining and informative messages and images. The type of entertainment presented to the user is selected by the printing machine based...