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Communications Enhancements Made Possible by Caller-ID

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113772D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 247K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Day, PR: AUTHOR

Abstract

During the past few years, the telephone industry's new Caller-ID feature has been the focus of considerable attention. With Caller-ID, the party being called is able to identify the caller's telephone number as the phone rings. Many new products take advantage of Caller-ID, including IBM's own CallPath/400*.

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Communications Enhancements Made Possible by Caller-ID

      During the past few years, the telephone industry's new
Caller-ID feature has been the focus of considerable attention.  With
Caller-ID, the party being called is able to identify the caller's
telephone number as the phone rings.  Many new products take
advantage of Caller-ID, including IBM's own CallPath/400*.

      Disclosed is a number of inventive and appealing uses for
Caller-ID, including: specific messages on a telephone answering
machine, voice recognition option, identifying callers by
pre-recorded audio messages, identifying callers by music, phone knob
to select music option, videophone applications, fax machine
applications, long-distance indicator on answering machine, long
distance indicator when phone rings, long distance call waiting
indicator, and phonemail messages as text files on a telephone
answering machine.

Specific messages on a telephone answering machine

      This provides for specific messages on a telephone answering
machine, with up to four options, for people calling from given phone
numbers.

      For example, I am expecting a phone call from my spouse to
discuss a major purchase (following his/her investigation during the
forenoon).  One hour before my spouse is to call, I am called to a
critical meeting.  I want to tell my spouse to go ahead with the
purchase, but will be unavailable to answer the phone.

      Implementation - In a multi-media work station, with sound card
and telephone attached, provide an application which displays a list
of telephone numbers (list entered/updated via configuration
options).  Next to each number is a selection icon, and a short
description of who the number belongs to.  I click on the phone
number for my home phone (or where my spouse will be calling from),
and record a message through telephone/soundcard interface.  When
that phone number subsequently rings me, the message is played.

      Additional options exposed as parameter(s) on the list may be:
(1) number of times to play the message before reverting to default
message (2) time interval for the message - with this I can have
multiple messages for the same number, each for a different time.
(3) multiple messages for same number, from which I manually select a
message for a given circumstance.  (4) voice recognition option:  for
advances in technology that will allow efficient comparisons of voice
(instead of using Caller-ID to recognize the caller), this option
plays the message only when the calling-in voice matches a
pre-recorded sample.  In this case, instead of a list of phone
numbers, the application provides a list of voice files each
containing a pre-recorded voice to be matched against the call.
These files are created through setup options, where the voice for
each file is recorded via the sound card and from an incoming phone
call (must record the voice over the phone for best comparison).  For
intermediate...