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SYNTHESIZED VOICE SUPPORT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEMS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027129D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 146K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Electrophotographic systems are sophisticated machines. Their robust features and editing capabilities often confuse first time users. Consequently, electrophotographic jobs are not completed quickly or correctly. The present proposal addresses the addition of synthesized voice support for electrophotographic systems so as to provide voice messages that assist a user in a real-time environment. Advantages for the user include job programming feedback, machine fault indication, "help" information, multilingual support, quick information response, and enhanced aid to visually impaired users.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

SYNTHESIZED VOICE SUPPORT Proposed Classification

FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC U.S. C1.355/202 SYSTEMS Int. C1. G03g 21/00 Zhun Huang

Control Board

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                            Voice MCB Board Memory

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL - Voi. 20, No. 3 May/June 1995 223

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SYNTHESIZED VOICE SUPPORT FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEMS(Cont'd)

Electrophotographic systems are sophisticated machines. Their robust features and editing capabilities often confuse first time users. Consequently, electrophotographic jobs are not completed quickly or correctly. The present proposal addresses the addition of synthesized voice support for electrophotographic systems so as to provide voice messages that assist a user in a real-time environment. Advantages for the user include job programming feedback, machine fault indication, "help" information, multilingual support, quick information response, and enhanced aid to visually impaired users.

As illustrated by the figure, the present proposal may be implemented on an electrophotographic system with the addition of a commercially available voice synthesizer circuit board 20, a controller circuit board 30, and a memory media 40, all operating in conjunction with a main electrophotographic system controller circuit board (MCB) 50. When a voice message is required, MCB 50 issues a request to controller circuit board 30 via control bus 60 and data bus
70. Controller circuit board 30, in turn communicates the request by control bus 60 and data bus 70 to the voice synthesizer circuit board 20. Voice synthesizer circuit board 20 acknowledges the request and retrieves the requested message digitally stored in memory media 40. The voice synthesizer circuit board 20 transforms the message into audible sounds synthesizing human speech patterns.

In a second embodiment, the electrophotographic system MCB possesses the ability to directly control the voice synthesizer circuit board. This embodiment eliminates the need for a separate controller circuit. Each time the MCB requests a voice message, it accesses the voice synthesizer to play the message. As described in the first embodiment, the memory media is required to digitally store all possible messages.

In yet a third embodiment, the proposal may be implem...