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Magnetic Stripe Reader with Audio Confirmation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000048110D
Original Publication Date: 1981-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Askew, JC: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

An operator scans a wand across magnetically encoded data on a card. A processor translates the information into synthesized speech supplied back to the operator to confirm proper data entry.

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Magnetic Stripe Reader with Audio Confirmation

An operator scans a wand across magnetically encoded data on a card. A processor translates the information into synthesized speech supplied back to the operator to confirm proper data entry.

A card, or other substrate, carries a magnetic stripe encoded with data in a predefined format. As the operator scans a magnetic sensor wand along the stripe, serial data accumulates in a serial to parallel converter which then transfers it to a buffer in parallel. A processor receives data from the buffer, stores it in memory, translates it to readable characters, and displays the data. A table in memory supplies phonetic pattern data, as a function of the scanned data, to a voice synthesizer which then generates words and phrases representing the data.

The magnetic stripe may be encoded by an IBM 3642 Data Collection System and scanned by an IBM Hand-Held Magnetic Wand Scanner. An IBM Series/1 Computer System may process the data for an Audio Response System of Votrax, Inc. (Troy, Michigan).

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