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Inline Time Stamp Module for Use With Telephone Answering Machines

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060865D
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Glenn, RD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A technique is described whereby an Inline Time Stamp Module (ITSM) is connected in series with a telephone line input and a telephone answering machine so as to enable the time to be recorded either at the beginning or at the end of the recorded message. The ITSM is designed to either be built into the answering machine or used as an add-on modular device. When a recorded message is received, the time is recorded so that when the message is read back, a synthesized speech message announces the actual time the message was recorded. The ITSM, shown in the drawing as a modular unit, is connected to a four-wire telephone incoming line 10. Ring counter 11 is set by the user to reflect the same number of rings as set in the ring counter of the answering machine.

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Inline Time Stamp Module for Use With Telephone Answering Machines

A technique is described whereby an Inline Time Stamp Module (ITSM) is connected in series with a telephone line input and a telephone answering machine so as to enable the time to be recorded either at the beginning or at the end of the recorded message. The ITSM is designed to either be built into the answering machine or used as an add-on modular device. When a recorded message is received, the time is recorded so that when the message is read back, a synthesized speech message announces the actual time the message was recorded. The ITSM, shown in the drawing as a modular unit, is connected to a four-wire telephone incoming line 10. Ring counter 11 is set by the user to reflect the same number of rings as set in the ring counter of the answering machine. Switch 12 is set by the user to designate whether the time stamp announcement should be at the beginning or end of the message. If switch 12 is set to position "A", the time announcement is made at the beginning of the message. If switch 12 is set to position "B", the time announcement is made at the end of the message. Tone detector 13, used when switch 12 is in position "A", provides a logical enable condition as soon as the starting tone at the answering machine signals the commencement of the message. At this time, the person leaving the message is advised of the time of day prior to leaving the message. When switch 12 is set to the "B" pos...