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Integrated Voice Input and Pointer Device for Multimedia Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112554D
Original Publication Date: 1994-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rogers, GS: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that integrates two common input devices used on modern computer workstations. By combining the voice input device with the pointing device, the user interface is greatly simplified for voice activated multimedia applications.

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Integrated Voice Input and Pointer Device for Multimedia Applications

      Disclosed is a device that integrates two common input devices
used on modern computer workstations.  By combining the voice input
device with the pointing device, the user interface is greatly
simplified for voice activated multimedia applications.

      In multimedia applications that allow text entry via voice
recognition, the user enters text by speaking into a microphone.  The
textual information is edited by positioning the edit cursor at the
relevant edit point with the pointing device.  The edit action (e.g.,
insert new text, delete this word.) is indicated via buttons on the
pointing device, buttons on the keyboard, or through spoken commands.
The invention described in this disclosure integrates the voice input
and pointer devices, thus simplifying the user's physical interface
to the computer.

      Integration of the two devices is achieved as follows: To a
standard microphone housing a pressure sensitive pointing device
(such as the IBM TrackPoint II) or trackball mechanism is added near
the top of the microphone.  A row of buttons is also added to the
shaft of the microphone.  The electrical cables are attached to the
computer as a microphone and pointing device are currently wired.
The Figure shows a microphone with the IBM TrackPoint II device.  Any
number of buttons can be place on the microphone shaft.  In this
Figure, three buttons are shown as is common on a...