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Method for Allowing Hearing Impaired to Communicate to Person by Telephone for Minimal Cost

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000104777D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Provided is a service which executes on a computer system connected to one or more telephone lines. A user may request to dial a phone number and carry on a conversation with the callee by using a keyboard to manage the user's end of the conversation.

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Method for Allowing Hearing Impaired to Communicate to Person by Telephone for Minimal Cost

      Provided is a service which executes on a computer system
connected to one or more telephone lines.  A user may request to dial
a phone number and carry on a conversation with the callee by using a
keyboard to manage the user's end of the conversation.

      Currently, a service is made available for the hearing impaired
which allows the hearing impaired to communicate with a computer
terminal to a telephone callee, via a person, hereafter referred to
as a translator.  The translator calls a callee by telephone and
reads terminal text to the callee.  The callee speaks to the
translator by phone.  The translator types, what is said by the
callee, on a computer terminal so the hearing impaired caller sees
what is said by the person talking by phone, via the translator.  A
method is needed which automates communications between a computer
terminal and telephone, particularly to service hearing impaired
people wanting to communicate to telephone users.

      Text entered at the keyboard is converted to audio and played
to the callee.  A specified terminator such as '***' indicates to the
service to prompt the callee for a response.  The service receives
audio from the callee and converts it into text for the caller.
While the example demonstrates the caller was located on a computer,
the service supports allowing incoming telephone calls to connect to
computer...