Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Rudin, H: AUTHOR [+2]
The "ICONophone" provides a useful communication channel in parallel with the conventional telephone channel. It communicates nuances often helpful for successful interpersonal communication.
"ICONophone" provides a useful communication channel in
parallel with the conventional telephone channel. It communicates
nuances often helpful for successful interpersonal communication.
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.
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
to the conventional voice communication channel, for user-controlled
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.
version would be simply a "face-like" icon which,
at the sender's control, could smile, frown, or appear quizzical,
angry, or s...