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Method and Apparatus for Queueing Natural Language Reading of Articles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031703D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The useful invention herein described allows a user to select interesting text articles available on the Internet and render them to speech such that the user might listen to a reading of the article while in a vehicle, or any other environment where listening might be a more convenient form of information intake.

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Method and Apparatus for Queueing Natural Language Reading of Articles

The dawn of no modulation (XM) Satellite Radio availabilty in vehicles demonstrates the market for more expansive audio information and entertainment. XM Radio offers literally hundreds, and perhaps eventually, thousands of options for listening to both music and talk radio. However, the problem still remains that the content does not actually meet the "on-demand" desires of the listener. If the listener wishes to hear news of some sort, he/she might tune the system to several different stations. But the listener must "be in the right place, at the right time" to hear a particular newsradio story.

The World Wide Web differs in that users can search and read news articles of any type, at any time, and anywhere. In this model the user requests information, which in turn is delivered. The radio model, however, uses a real-time broadcast approach, which only offers a currently playing selection.

The radio, however, is still a very useful appliance in vehicles. Audio transmission of information with a vehicle benefits the driver as their visual and tactile attention should be focused elsewhere for safety reasons.

The useful invention herein described allows a user to select interesting text articles available on the Internet and render them to speech such that the user might listen to a reading of the article while in a vehicle, or any other environment where listening might be the only convenient form of information intake.

This invention might be implemented as follows. A user selects at some time a series of news or information articles availa...