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ICONophone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115044D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rudin, H: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The "ICONophone" provides a useful communication channel in parallel with the conventional telephone channel. It communicates nuances often helpful for successful interpersonal communication.

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ICONophone

      The "ICONophone" provides a useful communication channel in
parallel with the conventional telephone channel.  It communicates
nuances often helpful for successful interpersonal communication.

      The usual telephone is a one-dimensional device: it carries
only the audio portion of the communication from the speaker to his
or her partner(s).  Missing from this one-dimensional communication
are nuances such as a smile, a frown, a sign of extreme unhappiness,
a sign of rage, or a quizzical look.

      E-mail users well-heeled in "netiquette" have learned to use
symbols to provide this missing dimension in textual communication.
Example- ":-)" and ":-(".  This low-cost addition to the conventional
phone supplies this missing dimension.

      The invention provides a communication channel, parallel
to the conventional voice communication channel, for user-controlled
or
user-generated icons.

      In use, the transceiver would either generate signals on the
"D" channel (in an ISDN implementation) or on a parallel channel
created within the normal speech channel (in the general case).  This
parallel channel could be created, for example, by means of a
low-power-level, spread-spectrum signal which would handle the very
low bit rate required and not be noticeable by the voice recipient.

      The simplest version would be simply a "face-like" icon which,
at the sender's control, could smile, frown, or appear quizzical,
angry, or s...