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Instant Messenger with phone line participants

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027312D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-07
Document File: 2 page(s) / 120K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Allow voice users to participate in an instant messaging session.

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Instant Messenger with phone line participants

Allow voice users to participate in an instant messaging session. Today, all participants must be computer users and network connected.

This invention covers the following scenarios.

The instant messaging (IM) server would dial the phone number and perform

text-to-speech conversion so the phone participant(s) could hear what was being typed. The server would also perform speech-to-text conversion so that the other users would be able to see what the phone participant(s) was saying. The IM server would dial the phone number. There is no conversion done and

the phone user participates in the instant messaging session as an audio conference participant. In addition to #2, when someone types the IM server does text-to-speech

conversion for the phone line participant(s) but no speech-to-text conversion is done while in audio conference mode.

Today's IM programs, like *Sametime(TM) and **Yahoo! Messenger(TM), allow you to have a conference by adding other users of the same service type. We are proposing adding the capability of telling the IM server that the participant you wish to add is a phone number. The IM server would connect to the phone number and perform text-to-speech conversion so the phone participant could hear the typed-in text. The IM server would also perform speech-to-text conversion so that the computer users would be able to see what the phone participant was saying. The IM server would include in the te...