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Voice Dictation In A Blade Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000146910D
Original Publication Date: 2007-Feb-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Feb-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a hardware design that incorporates a shareable, voice dictation suitable microphone into a blade chassis. As server front panels evolve from LED indicators to fully addressable displays, like organic LED displays, the amount of information that can be displayed increases dramatically. A solution is needed to help operators navigate increasingly complex displays.

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Voice Dictation In A Blade Environment

Disclosed is a hardware design that incorporates a shareable, voice dictation suitable microphone into a blade chassis. Blade servers fit into a blade chassis like books on a bookshelf. Blade chassis' often provide common devices for the blade servers to share. For example, a blade chassis may house a common USB optical media drive. A blade server can take control of the blade chassis USB bus to utilize the blade chassis' USB optical media drive. Blade servers usually contain a server front panel. This panel has traditionally housed LED indicators for different server functionality. For example, a power LED to indicate power status and a hard drive LED to indicate hard drive activity. As server front panels evolve from LED indicators to fully addressable displays, like organic LED displays, the amount of information that can be displayed increases dramatically. A solution is needed to help operators navigate increasingly complex displays.

     An organic LED (OLED) display can be full color and fully addressable in that the display can show static images or moving images like television broadcasts or movies. OLED displays can also be touch enabled. In a server environment, OLED displays can show status icons, status text, and house soft buttons. OLED display can exist on blade chassis' or components that fit into a blade chassis, like a blade server. Where a particular traditional LED server front panel may be able to show six status icons, an OLED server front panel can show potentially unlimited status items. For example, the OLED server could scroll different items across the fully addressable display constantly. The server front panel real estate on blade servers is generally limited for thermal and other reasons. The challenge is how to add more and more items to a relatively small display without requiring the operator to push an unnecessary or unwanted number of display navigation buttons.

     A shareable, voice dictation suitable microphone could be incorporated into the blade chassis. This microphone could be shared amongst blade servers internal to the b...