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Method for Electronic Communication of Emotions using Multimedia

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105165D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hoose, RH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A methodology is described which allows a user to set up a multimedia portion assigned to emotions. The user need only to reference the emotion in a textual mail distribution and the assigned text, graphic, voice or sound will automatically be assigned to the mail distribution before sending.

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Method for Electronic Communication of Emotions using Multimedia

      A methodology is described which allows a user to set up a
multimedia portion assigned to emotions.  The user need only to
reference the emotion in a textual mail distribution and the assigned
text, graphic, voice or sound will automatically be assigned to the
mail distribution before sending.

      It is often difficult to know what emotion is associated with
electronically transmitted mail distribution objects.  A person must
hear a sender's voice or see the sender's mood at the time of
composing a mail item in order to determine what kind of emotion is
associated with the mail item.  Furthermore, a method for capturing a
person's emotion for the purpose of evaluating a person's behavior in
response to some presentation is desirable.  For example, psychology
studies often measure how humans or animals behave, by observation.
Capturing information of a person's mood or current emotional state
is done by a human observing and recording what is observed.  A
method for communicating a person's mood as part of a distribution
without affecting the actual content of the distribution is
desirable.

      This article describes a service which allows a user to set up
a multimedia portion assigned to emotions.  The user need only to
reference the emotion in a textual mail distribution and the assigned
text, graphic, voice or sound will automatically be assigned to the
mail distribution before sending.  Recipients of the mail item can
place a cursor anywhere within a loaded text string to invoke seeing
what the assigned emotional state is.  If the string is not loaded
with that information, no emotion indication is shown.  The present
article allows assigning one or more objects to each emotion.  There
is no limit to the number of emotions which a user can define.  For
example,...