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A Design of Interactive Meeting System Based on ThinkScribe

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123746D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 4 page(s) / 217K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Su, H: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Meeting is the place where communication between participants is very important. The natural and interactive environment can help the participants to easily understand each other and stimulate in novation. But it is still not easy for each participant to write down some thing (such as explanation and comments) and let others view it through a public display. Although barco and other assistant display are used now, one barco can only connect to one PC, thus each time only one user can access the PC. And it is also valuable to record the whole meeting procedure. Then after meeting, all the ideas and suggestion proposed in the meeting can be kept and reevaluated. To categorize and distinguish each participant's idea and suggestion is also important, which makes the later retrieval by person possible.

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A Design of Interactive Meeting System Based on ThinkScribe

   Meeting is the place where communication between
participants is very important.  The natural and interactive
environment can help the participants to easily understand each
other and stimulate in novation.  But it is still not easy for each
participant to write down some thing (such as explanation and
comments) and let others view it through a public display.  Although
barco and other assistant display are used now, one barco can only
connect to one PC, thus each time only one user can access the PC.
And it is also valuable to record the whole meeting procedure.  Then
after meeting, all the ideas and suggestion proposed in the meeting
can be kept and reevaluated.  To categorize and distinguish each
participant's idea and suggestion is also important, which makes the
later retrieval by person possible.

   This paper introduces a new design of  Interactive meeting
system, which is based on ThinkScribe (CrossPad) and supplies a new
method for meeting discussion: each participant can express his/her
opinion by scribing on a digitizing pad before him.  And the
information written on  each pad can be viewed  by other
participants through a public display.  In this invention, a special
controller is designed to support multi-user environment.  This
controller processes the data stream from each pad and distinguishes
them by adding an information header to each stream.  Also in this
invention, a corresponding software is designed to interpret the data
stream from multi-user controller.  The animated display method  of
this software can lively  displays different input from each
participant.  It supports multi-page display and operation, and saves
information from different user in a categorical structure, which
facilitates the retrieval afterwards.  A teleconference could be held
by using this design, which can save the exchange data volume by
exchanging participants' handwritten information only.  Novelty of
this design also comes from that this design can synchronize and
align the real-time pen input of each user by timing sequence and
writing position.  All the recorded information is stored in a page
sequence, user can create a new page if the current page is full or
go back to any previous page to check the information before.

   ThinkScribe is a device which integrates handwriting
digitizer with a traditional paper-based record making systems.  This
device includes a digitizing pad and an inking stylus by which the
user can write on paper.  ThinkScribe (TS) also has a menu of
commands by which user can select different operation command.  The
advantage of using TS as the input pad is that user can write
directly on paper and keep his own meeting memo.  But ThinkScribe
alone can not meet  the requests of multi-user environment.  An
interlocutory device is needed to arrange the operations between
several TS devices.

   The following figure illustrates...