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Method for Automatic Presentation Management upon Detection of Observers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106098D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 4 page(s) / 210K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Provided is the automatic playing of a presentation from a desired point in the presentation upon automatic detection of one or more observers. Functionality is also provided for playing specific presentations from a place therein for a particular automatically detected number of observers.

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Method for Automatic Presentation Management upon Detection of Observers

      Provided is the automatic playing of a presentation from a
desired point in the presentation upon automatic detection of one or
more observers.  Functionality is also provided for playing specific
presentations from a place therein for a particular automatically
detected number of observers.

      Multimedia presentations are becoming more prevalent.  They are
often used to demo a product, present various topics in a class
format, or advertise.  Videos can be displayed on the computer system
terminal.  An audio adapter card can be used to provide optimal
sound.  Special graphics adapters can be used to provide optimal
video resolution.  Systems which are stand alone for presenting
various presentations to users or observers are often left
unattended.  Often, systems are set up to run completely unattended
for the purpose of presenting an automated demo or advertisement to
one or more observers.  These systems are started by some user or
process at some point in time.  When a multimedia presentation has
completed, it must be restarted.  A method is needed for
automatically restarting a presentation from the beginning.

      Systems which are left unattended to run a presentation are
done so with the risk that an observer may not see most, or at least
important parts of, the presentation.  There is no guarantee the
presentation will be seen by an observer.  There is no guarantee the
important portions within the presentation will be seen by an
observer.  A method is needed for increasing the likelihood an
observer will see what should be seen at times when it should be
seen.

      This method describes automatically playing a presentation from
a desired point in the presentation upon automatic detection of one
or more observers.  Functionality is also provided for playing
specific presentations from a place therein for a particular
automatically detected number of observers.  In any scenario, the
presentation plays upon detection of one or more observers and
automatically resets (e.g., rewind and prepare for subsequent play)
itself when the observers are no longer detected.  The next time one
or more observers are detected, the presentation begins at an
appropriate point in the presentation.

      For example, in an OS/2* embodiment, the preferred embodiment
for configuration of this article would be an ASCII profile with
textual entries in the form:

     NUMBER_OBSERVERS(,TIME)=PRES_TYPE,PATH(,START,FINISH)
such that NUMBER_OBSERVERS is the number of observers to detect for
automatic execution of the entity to the right of the equal sign,
TIME is the amount of time to wait before stopping the presentation
after no observers has been detected (absence of time implies using
the default -- ending the presentation immediately and resetting),
PRES_TYPE is the type of presentation with 'V' being a digitized
video, 'A' being a d...