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Multimedia Dynamic Program Director

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117051D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Seidman, DI: AUTHOR

Abstract

With the expansion of multimedia sources, through the media of satellite communication, wideband cable services, and the Internet, the selection of relevant and useful sources from among the available choices becomes very significant. This report describes a system (the "multimedia dynamic program director") whereby a user may customize his viewing environment by directing the construction of programs based on his personal viewing choices. By pre-setting the system to record video and audio pertaining to a set of keywords, the viewer instructs the system to create "personal programs" out of the vast available multimedia options, thus affording the viewer unprecedented autonomy, when compared with existing program choices.

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Multimedia Dynamic Program Director

      With the expansion of multimedia sources, through the media of
satellite communication, wideband cable services, and the Internet,
the selection of relevant and useful sources from among the available
choices becomes very significant.  This report describes a system
(the "multimedia dynamic program director") whereby a user may
customize his viewing environment by directing the construction of
programs based on his personal viewing choices.  By pre-setting the
system to record video and audio pertaining to a set of keywords, the
viewer instructs the system to create "personal programs" out of the
vast available multimedia options, thus affording the viewer
unprecedented autonomy, when compared with existing program choices.

      This invention, a system for the construction of personalized
programs, is illustrated in the Figure.

      As seen in the Figure, the system takes as input the regular
audio and video sources available to the viewer.  Prior to the
operation of the system, the viewer has pre-programmed into system
memory a number of keywords which relate to topics of interest to the
viewer, for example, "weather", or "Clinton".

      In operation, the system monitors the content of the input
audio (and video) by means of a speech recognition unit.  When the
comparator detects a match between a recognized word and one of the
stored keywords, the recording unit is activated, to capture the
related audio...