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A Process for Customized Information Delivery

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123014D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kaminsky, DL: AUTHOR

Abstract

IBM's recent announcement of an Internet-enabled car introduces possibilities for new mechanisms for information delivery. Here we describe a process for customized delivery of information to a person's automobile. The goal of the process is to allow the user to get relevant information delivered in a time-efficient manner. The process, in short, is simple: have the user's home PC surf the web for him gathering material; translate the material into audio format; send the audio to the car and store it; and have the car replay the audio.

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A Process for Customized Information Delivery

      IBM's recent announcement of an Internet-enabled car introduces
possibilities for new mechanisms for information delivery.  Here we
describe a process for customized delivery of information to a
person's automobile.  The goal of the process is to allow the user to
get relevant information delivered in a time-efficient manner.  The
process, in short, is simple:  have the user's home PC surf the web
for him gathering material; translate the material into audio format;
send the audio to the car and store it; and have the car replay the
audio.

      In more detail, the process is comprised of the following
steps:
  1) information gathering and filtering
  2) audio production
  3) delivery of the (audio) information to the car
  4) storage of delivered material for later replay
  5) replay

      The information gathering uses standard web techniques.  A user
specifies topics of interest (e.g., U.S.  politics, soccer, middle
east), and his computer stores these in a profile.  Overnight, it
uses standard  search engines to locate pages matching the search
criteria.  It then downloads only pages from designated sites (e.g.,
CNN, NY Times, ESPN)  created since the last search.

      Alternatively, the user can use existing customized news
services, such as MyYahoo (http://my.yahoo.com) to gather the news.

      The web pages are then run through a speech synthesizer to
create an audio file.  Several speech synthesizers are sold
commercially.

      The information is then transmitted to a receiver in the
designated vehicle.  Transmission can use one of sever...