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Cellphone that contains emergency video instructions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125761D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-16
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This article describes an enhancement for mobile phones and personal digital assistants that enables them to play short instructional video clips that display immediate solutions and coping strategies for people in emergency situations. The advantage of this enhancement is that it solves the problem of providing instant emergency information in a widespread manner, potentially wherever someone has a mobile phone. An additional advantage of this enhancement is that the provided information is graphically displayed with full motion and sound so that it most clearly illustrates how best to respond to the emergency. Additionally, the inherent communications capabilities of the mobile device can be exploited to request assistance.

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Cellphone that contains emergency video instructions

The enhancement to a mobile phone consists of a stored collection of video "clips", voice recognition software and a mapping between phrases detected by the voice recognition software and the video sequences. The enhancement operates by having the voice recognition software monitor the sounds picked up by the mobile phone's microphone when it is not in use.

The voice recognition software attempts to recognize a small set of specific "voice commands" that correspond to a set of emergencies situations. For example, the phrases would be something like "help choking", or "help fire". If such a phrase was recognized when the user was not otherwise using the telephone, the enhancement would match the phrase against predefined entries in a mapping table and identify the appropriate video sequence to play. It would then begin immediate playback of that sequence.

Additional features can augment the enhancement. For instance, it would be possible to generalize the action taken when an emergency phrase is recognized so that it began the execution of a computer program on the telephone. This program could play videos as well as ask questions of the user. The responses of the user, recognized by the voice recognition software, could be interpreted by the program and cause it to alter its execution. For instance, it could ask the user if a victim can breath, if the answer is "no", it would give instructions or play a video d...