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Talking Mouse for the IBM Personal Computer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038989D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Norsworthy, MT: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method is described for using the IBM voice communications adapter in conjunction with the IBM Personal Computer (PC) mouse to allow a personal computer to "talk" about what is being displayed on the PC display monitor. The flow chart illustrates the steps involved in the talking mouse program. The talking mouse program provides individuals with a vision impairment the opportunity to read what is on a PC display monitor. The talking mouse also provides a method for individuals to annotate documents with their voice input. Based upon distinctive mouse "clicks," the user is able to listen to the "Voice Communications Option Synthetic Voice" program read various portions of the display screen. This is accomplished by program access to the display memory locations.

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Talking Mouse for the IBM Personal Computer

A method is described for using the IBM voice communications adapter in conjunction with the IBM Personal Computer (PC) mouse to allow a personal computer to "talk" about what is being displayed on the PC display monitor. The flow chart illustrates the steps involved in the talking mouse program. The talking mouse program provides individuals with a vision impairment the opportunity to read what is on a PC display monitor. The talking mouse also provides a method for individuals to annotate documents with their voice input. Based upon distinctive mouse "clicks," the user is able to listen to the "Voice Communications Option Synthetic Voice" program read various portions of the display screen. This is accomplished by program access to the display memory locations. The corresponding ASCII characters are buffered to the synthetic voice function set to be read. The talking mouse provides a method for quickly locating and listening to voice annotations imbedded within documents. Since the talking mouse program is "stand-alone," any PC document may be annotated with voice. A predefined documentation mark is used to denote where an individual has placed a voice message within a document. A mouse key is used to locate the mark, and another mouse key is used to select the mark for playback. The talking mouse also is used to place a voice message within a document. The mouse is positioned at the point where the voice annotation i...