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Methods and Apparatus for Talking Mouse Cursor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111938D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 77K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Salahshour, A: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Hearing impaired users need assistance in dealing with their environment. Often such persons can neither communicate through speech nor hearing. Such users require special training to improve their communication skills, e.g., the International Manual Alphabet and Number Signing. Often times a footnote is used to overcome a hearing impaired problem. However, it can be very distractive to try to watch a video segment, read the footnotes, and follow given instructions. A mechanism is desired to improve the level of assistance for hearing impaired users of data processing systems.

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Methods and Apparatus for Talking Mouse Cursor

      Hearing impaired users need assistance in dealing with their
environment.  Often such persons can neither communicate through
speech nor hearing.  Such users require special training to improve
their communication skills, e.g., the International Manual Alphabet
and Number Signing.  Often times a footnote is used to overcome a
hearing impaired problem.  However, it can be very distractive to try
to watch a video segment, read the footnotes, and follow given
instructions.  A mechanism is desired to improve the level of
assistance for hearing impaired users of data processing systems.

      Provided is a method of communicating computer audio output to
the hearing impaired users.  This mechanism simulates sign language
using the common mouse cursor.  More specifically, rather than voice
signals being heard over the PC speaker(s) they are intercepted,
interpreted, and translated to the international alphabet and number
signing symbols (see figure).  Then the signs are displayed using the
mouse cursor.  Unlike prior methods that can display the sign
language via a computer, the mechanism provided in this article has
the novel aspect of providing voice animation via mouse cursor for a
non-distractive and uninterrupted operation, thus providing an
advantage over the previous methods.

      For example, a user can listen to an audio segment yet operate
a mouse without interruption; this invention provides an
uninterruptible operation for hearing impaired users to continue with
mouse operation while listening,...