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INTELLIGENT USER INTERFACE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027858D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 61K

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is an intelligent User Interface (UI) for an electrophotographic printer that monitors a series of repeated user actions and infers what the user is trying to accomplish. The ability to produce the user's intent is based on several input attempts from the user. The UI displays groups of suggested steps to reach the desired result thereafter chosen by the user.

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XEROX DISCLOSURE JOURNAL

INTELLIGENT USER INTERFACE

Proposed Wei-chen Lu Classification

U. S. C1. 399/081 Int. C1. GO3g 15/00

Disclosed is an intelligent User Interface (UI) for an electrophotographic printer that monitors a series of repeated user actions and infers what the user is trying to accomplish. The ability to produce the user's intent is based on several input attempts from the user. The UI displays groups of suggested steps to reach the desired result thereafter chosen by the user.

The method of implementation involves the use of a microprocessor and associated peripherals or Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) to record steps by way of actuating any one of various switches in response to input commands. A "frustration" switch deploys after the user exhausts all of his or her attempts to input information. A counter records the number of attempts and after activation of a preset number, artificial intelligence automatically takes control performing a heuristic search of possible outcomes. Interaction and feedback between the user and machine may be displayed by visual means or by audio output.

An example of intelligent UI usage is given in reference to copying a high contrast picture. The user scans in the image and alternatively depresses the high and low "adjust contrast" switches several times. The printing machine's microprocessor or ASIC device records these actions and goes through an interpreter routine to arrive at a specially adjus...