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Video Consult System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038152D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Appel, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby combination of a display, recording and transmitting devices are interconnected so as to provide simultaneous realtime conference consultation among multiple users. The devices are software controlled and consist of video cameras and recorders, computers and displays, communications links and printing media to provide internal and external interactive consultation and/or instructional capability for a multitude of applications.

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Video Consult System

A technique is described whereby combination of a display, recording and transmitting devices are interconnected so as to provide simultaneous realtime conference consultation among multiple users. The devices are software controlled and consist of video cameras and recorders, computers and displays, communications links and printing media to provide internal and external interactive consultation and/or instructional capability for a multitude of applications.

In prior art, the use of display and recording devices for consulting activities has been hampered by the inability to observe activities external to the computer display, such as robotized action, mouse pointers, reference manuals, etc. The concept described herein extends the prior art to include devices, such as a video monitor, that provides a video link to enable the user to show and record the actual references under discussion during the consultation endeavor.

The figure illustrates the organization of the devices involved. To use the system, the users communicate over a communications link and establish the modes and equipment to be used in the consulting or conference period. Cameras are selected, as required, to record the image, to file for reference library purposes, and/or to send the observations to other users. All of the actions are controlled through software programs and provide such functions as screen switching, personal computer local printing, file transfer, etc.

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