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Using the Workstation for Real Time Voice Communication

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106238D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Comerford, L: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Cooperative work in an office environment requires verbal communication with other people. Telephones provide this facility today but have certain limitations like not being able to support multiple simultaneous conversations and broadcast messages. A method is described for inter-workstation voice communication which allows telephone like conversation between one or more pairs or sets of people but overcomes the limitations of the telephone by using a graphical user interface.

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Using the Workstation for Real Time Voice Communication

      Cooperative work in an office environment requires verbal
communication with other people.  Telephones provide this facility
today but have certain limitations like not being able to support
multiple simultaneous conversations and broadcast messages.  A method
is described for inter-workstation voice communication which allows
telephone like conversation between one or more pairs or sets of
people but overcomes the limitations of the telephone by using a
graphical user interface.

      The environment in which this method is applicable is a set of
workstations connected on a local area network.  Each workstation is
equipped with an audio card, a microphone and a loudspeaker.  The
audio is transmitted over the local area network using communications
software.

      One or more conversations may be initiated by any participant.
A message being sent may be reviewed by the sender prior to sending.
A message may be sent to multiple participants by the sender.  A
message or an entire conversation may be archived.  A receiver of a
message may play the message automatically on receipt or play it
later.  A receiver may set priorities on the incoming messages based
on the sender.  An automatic reply may be initiated on receipt of a
message.

      The functions described above are made possible by means of the
graphical user interface which consists primarily of four types of
windows.  They are:

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