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Dictation Transcribing Arrangement for Blind Stenographers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086141D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Loeber, NC: AUTHOR

Abstract

This arrangement provides the ability for the visually impaired person to "read" back the material typed from a dictated record.

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Dictation Transcribing Arrangement for Blind Stenographers

This arrangement provides the ability for the visually impaired person to "read" back the material typed from a dictated record.

A transcribing unit 10 delivers speech as recorded by the dictator to a conventional earphone 12. A stenographer wearing the earphone types in a normal fashion on a conventional typewriter 16 equipped with a keyboard sensing unit 18, which also may be one commercially available.

A simple tactile column index added to the typewriter is helpful. A simple pressure-sensitive backed vinyl tape is preferred.

The output of the keyboard sensing unit is applied to a character store 20 for storing the characters making up a number of words. The character store is coupled to a synthetic speech generator 22. This device is arranged for converting the information in the store 20 into audio-frequency signals that will be reproduced through the transcribing unit 10. Such devices are available and others are readily assembled on a few semiconductor chips. Essentially, these generator units convert each character on the typewriter and/or also groups of characters forming words of a short vocabulary into distinctly recognizable sounds and/or reproduction of the spoken characters and words.

The readout of the store 20 and reproduction through the transcribing unit 10 is controlled by an auxiliary foot operated switch arrangement 24.

The transcriber 10 is also arranged, preferably, for recording to...