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Audio-Mnemonic Keyboard

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105161D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blalock, JL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Using a multimedia workstation, this disclosure allows for the definition by defaults (or user defined profile) of musical tones and instruments to identify correct hand position and keystrokes.

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Audio-Mnemonic Keyboard

      Using a multimedia workstation, this disclosure allows for the
definition by defaults (or user defined profile) of musical tones and
instruments to identify correct hand position and keystrokes.

      The preferred implementation would enable each ROW of letters
on the typewriter to be identified with a different octave of notes
to differentiate QWER from ASDF and ZXCV...     Each individual key
would be identified by a different pitch, with pitch increasing from
left to right.

      Special characters, numbers, and control keys could be
differentiated by different instruments (e.g., Control + letter would
be violin, Alt could be clarinet).

      Few users would be able to 'name' the notes, or match them by
sight to the keyboard.  Users with developed tonal input (even if
they cannot carry a tune themselves) would soon be able to
unconsciously associate the expected tone and voice with their hand
motion and letter.  With current multimedia attachment cards, the
processor overhead would be minimal and could operate as a TSR.  In
addition to standard default profiles, each user could develop custom
sets of tone assignments.

Advantages are:

1.  Initial education would be enhanced by use of multiple concurrent
    senses; touch, sight, and tone.
2.  Tutorials can be developed which provide an easily identified
    tune validating correct answers.  These techniques can greatly
    enhance the enjoyment of learni...