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Telephone Lights and Keys for Terminal/System Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102278D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Schick, T: AUTHOR

Abstract

The telephone's key/lights are used to significantly enhance the useability of the terminal user's system by improving the human factors of the system. Specifically, the phone's key/lights are to provide an additional set of interface capabilities to enhance the terminal user's capability with the system.

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Telephone Lights and Keys for Terminal/System Functions

       The telephone's key/lights are used to significantly
enhance the useability of the terminal user's system by improving the
human factors of the system.  Specifically, the phone's key/lights
are to provide an additional set of interface capabilities to enhance
the terminal user's capability with the system.

      Voice Data Integration (VDI), has several meanings in different
environments.  With regard to the terminal and phone environment, VDI
can refer to the terminal or system assisting in telephone functions,
such as conference calling, or call forwarding, or add party to call,
etc.

      This disclosure relates to the reverse potential, that of the
telephone lights and associated keys assisting in terminal/system
functions.

      The phone's key/lights may be used to convey, via an additional
human interfacing method, messages that are awkward to convey on the
already fully-utilized terminal screen.

      The key/lights may be used to convey, for example, that a text
message has just been received by the system for the terminal user.
The light would stay on and perhaps even flash when a new message
comes in.  Unlike the telephone speaker that might indicate that a
message has come in, the light would stay on until the message was
read/heard.

      The phone's key/lights may be used in conjunction with the
terminal to assist in, for example, the receipt of system messages,
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