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Audiovisual System Using Manual Mechanism for Reading Magnetic Stripe Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000082554D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Morrissey, JH: AUTHOR

Abstract

This is a system using a media which combines visual information and proximate recorded equivalent information, and includes a simple manual device fur rapidly, randomly, and accurately locating and reading selected portions of the recorded information.

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Audiovisual System Using Manual Mechanism for Reading Magnetic Stripe Media

This is a system using a media which combines visual information and proximate recorded equivalent information, and includes a simple manual device fur rapidly, randomly, and accurately locating and reading selected portions of the recorded information.

In Fig. 1 a media, such as a paper 2, has a text 4 impressed thereon, with magnetic stripes 6 embedded in or fixed to the paper 2 or, alternatively, the paper can be overlaid with a mask or magnetic material or vice versa. The text 4 may be alphanumeric or pictorial information, with the magnetic stripes 6 being recorded with information directly related to the proximate visual material which appears adjacent to and above the text. Each magnetic stripe 6 may have optional tactile ridge(s) or tone-signal "guard bands", to help blind users keep the reading mechanism properly aligned over the recorded data.

A reading mechanism 8 comprises a common audio tape read head mounted on a small roller transport mechanism for moving over the magnetic stripes 6. The mechanism 8 moves at a rate consistent with the speed used in preparing the recorded material. For example, if the text is printed at 10 characters per longitudinal inch (i.e., 2 word/inch), and the audio material is to be in synchronization with the adjacent text, then a 1-inch per second (i.e., 2 words/second) recording/reading speed would be consistent with the print density and still provide adequate audio fidelity. An audio rece...