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Method and System for Voice Prompting Controls Using Proximity Detection

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129229D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Oct-03
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Using Voice Prompting for Controls Using Proximity Detection

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Method and System for Voice Prompting Controls Using Proximity Detection

Annotation of buttons, keys and other controls is often done using textual markings, iconic representations, and in some cases Braille labeling. While in many cases, this labeling is sufficient, there are instances where these forms of labeling is insufficient, such as low light conditions, inability to distinguish icons, worn markings and inability to read Braille. Described is a method to use voice prompting based on proximity detection of light contact or pre-contact to a control or button to give simple voice prompts of function or other instructions to the user / operator.

This technique can be used for as variety of devices, including cell phones, PDA's, keyboards, remote controls, control panels, consumer devices, etc. providing voice labels for any number of buttons or controls to provide enhanced usability to users.

There are many forms of proximity detection, including capacitance measurements, electrical differential, light level, temperature, pressure or other methods to determine light or pre-contact prior to actual operations on the control, such as a button push. This would result in a voice prompt being delivered prior to initiation of the control. Subsequent detections of this same control should then result in further information being provided for a control, including further details or instructions, additional languages, or other information. As a key button is touched or...