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Personalized voice profile for portable devices and readers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000124917D
Original Publication Date: 2005-May-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-May-13
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This is a system and method for (1) storing personalized voice data and preferences on a portable device such as a smart card, and (2) reading said device and adjusting (a) input and (b) output of a spoken dialogue system to accommodate the user. This also involves the creation of standard interface between voice readers and storage devices. This is advantageous over existing systems because it increases the likelihood of correct interpretation for both the user and computer.

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Personalized voice profile for portable devices and readers

Currently, most spoken dialogue systems are trained to interpret a finite set of spoken words and intonations from a generic user. Machine generated output employs voices that are determined to be understandable and appealing to the widest variety of users. While these systems are designed to interpret and be interpretable to a wide variety of users, a problem occurs when a user's speech or language understanding falls outside common norms. This problem can make successful and efficient interaction with spoken dialogue systems difficult or impossible for some users.

This is a system and method for (1) storing personalized voice data and preferences on a portable device such as a smart card, and (2) reading said device and adjusting (a) input and (b) output of a spoken dialogue system to accommodate the user. This also involves the creation of standard interface between voice readers and storage devices. This is advantageous over existing systems because it increases the likelihood of correct interpretation for both the user and computer.

This could be used, for example, in the interaction of a user with a ticket reservation system. A user connects a personalized voice storage device, such as a smart card, with a reader, such as ticket kiosk or a card reader attached to a personal computer. The ticket system interacts with the user via voice prompts that may be in the user's native language, the user's ow...