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On Demand Assembly of Compotentized Multimedia Segments for Task based Help

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000132023D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Complex tasks such as cooking a dish or fixing a household problem can, most often, be broken into a series of separate simpler smaller tasks (or steps). Generally a description of these steps is given in a textual format; for example a recipe or "how to guide". Although the text may contain enough information for the user to complete the task, an inexperienced user may find the complete textual information description or a subset thereof difficult to understand and follow.

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On Demand Assembly of Compotentized Multimedia Segments for Task based Help

Complex tasks such as cooking a dish or fixing a household problem can, most often, be broken into a series of separate simpler smaller tasks (or steps). Generally a description of these steps is given in a textual format; for example a recipe or "how to guide". Although the text may contain enough information for the user to complete the task, an inexperienced user may find the complete textual information description or a subset thereof difficult to understand and follow.

This disclosure attempts to solve the problem of making task related textual instructions easier for a user to understand, by identifying multimedia segments that describe the "separate simpler smaller tasks" which can be viewed independently or combined to describe the complete complex task.

Current solutions pertain to a limited library of multimedia clips which describe the complete complex task, for example a video which demonstrates "how to make a cake". Because the video clip is delivered as a whole, it is difficult for an end user to only grab that part of the instructions that he/she wants, in the format he/she prefers (for example audio, video). Moreover, the greatest disadvantage of current solutions, is that a complete video library to cover all possible tasks does not exist and is not practical.

This disclosure attempts to solve the problem of making task related textual instructions easier for a user to understand, by identifying multimedia segments that describe the "separate simpler smaller tasks" which can be viewed independently or combined to describe the complete complex task. Figure 1 illustrates the overall system. The advantage of our disclosure, is that the user can use multimedia segments to dynamically generate an on demand multimedia explanation of the smaller steps which make up a complex task. These segments allow for multimedia interaction, pause, fastforward and rewind.

Assumptions : Multimedia video and audio segments that illustrate a simple task are available online or in a library of video clips either online or on local storage (only publically available content sources would be considered). Moreover these multimedia segments have metadata tagging that can be used to identify clips for selection. In a cooking library for example multimedia segments for the following simple tasks: stirring,...