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Pen-Based Automated Interpersonal Communication System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115107D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Martinez, AE: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system for displaying name and address data, in the form of an address book, on the screen of a computing system, and for accessing individuals through various means of communication, such as telephone, FAX, E-Mail, and numeric or alphanumeric pagers. The system operates in response to instructions entered as a pen or stylus is moved along the surface of a display screen capable of detecting such motion.

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Pen-Based Automated Interpersonal Communication System

      Disclosed is a system for displaying name and address data, in
the form of an address book, on the screen of a computing system, and
for accessing individuals through various means of communication,
such as telephone, FAX, E-Mail, and numeric or alphanumeric pagers.
The system operates in response to instructions entered as a pen or
stylus is moved along the surface of a display screen capable of
detecting such motion.

      The Figure shows the address book image (1) open to a page (2)
including a pair of business card images (3).  Index tabs (4) also
represent the contents of the book.  In general, the book contains
the names of various individuals, together with their addresses, the
names of their companies, and information on how they may be reached,
such as telephone numbers, FAX numbers, Pager IDs, and E-mail IDs.
The
book sorts individual entries by their last names, placing them on
the
appropriate tabbed pages.  In this way, an entry is displayed for
each
individual in the form of a business card, which may also include his
company logo or a picture of his face in the form of a bitmap.

      The book also includes a welcome page and an index page.  The
welcome page is the first page, which looks like the cover or first
page of a real book, including a graphical title.  The index page is
a container list control listing names of all the people in the book.
The user can double click or tap on one of these names, opening the
book to the page containing the business card image of the individual
whose name was chosen.  The index  page also provides a means for
filtering names in order to find a desired business card.  This is
done by using handwriting recognition, as the user provides a
handwritten input using the stylus, together with data filtering in
the container list control.  This capability of the index page may be
extended to allow searching by company and state, as well as by name.

      The book preferably takes further advantage of the capabilities
of pen or stylus input, using gesture recognition to determine which
of a number of choices has been made by the user, and using
handwriting recognition to provide data input.  For example, a new
business card image is created using gesture recognition to recognize
the letter "N" followed by a tap and using handwriting recognition to
determine the data included in the ca...