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Inexpensive Multimedia Facility for Workstation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116239D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 4 page(s) / 88K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sergeant, RP: AUTHOR

Abstract

A key requirement for a workstation to support MultiMedia (MM) applications is the ability to playback and record audio. Normally this means expensive upgrades to existing workstations.

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Inexpensive Multimedia Facility for Workstation

      A key requirement for a workstation to support MultiMedia (MM)
applications is the ability to playback and record audio.  Normally
this means expensive upgrades to existing workstations.

      By integrating Computer Telephone Integration (CTI), Voice
Processing and Voice mail technologies as described below, a
workstation can be provided inexpensively with multimedia
capabilities.

      A typical multimedia application that requires the playback and
recording of voice is where a text document has gone out for review
and the reviewer wishes to make some audio comments on various
paragraphs of the document.

      The traditional method of doing this (Fig. 1) is for the
reviewer to be equipped with a MM workstation with audio capture
hardware and loudspeakers.  A GUI application would:
  o  allow the reviewer to click on the text paragraph to be
      commented,
  o  pop a voice comment panel that is used to control the record,
      playback, rewind, listen etc. functions to make the voice
comment,
  o  save the voice comment and add an icon to the commented
paragraph
      to indicate to anyone else accessing the document that audio
      comment exists for that paragraph.

      The arrangement shown in Fig. 2 allows the same GUI to be used
when a standard desk telephone is used as the audio input/output
device.  The GUI application would:
  o  allow the reviewer to click on the text paragraph to be
      commented.
  o  send a commend to the CTI server to ring the telephone at the
      users desk top and connect it with the IVR.  On answering the
      telephone the IVR would play a prompt to the user to indicate
      that the system was ready for audio comments.
  o  pop the same voice comment panel on the workstation that is used
      to control the record, playback, rewind, listen etc. f...