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Intelligent placement of closed captioning

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199054D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-24
Document File: 2 page(s) / 137K

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Abstract

Closed Captioning is an invaluable tool for the deaf and hearing impaired. As communication technology has advanced, it has become nearly all-pervasive. Many televisions sold today have the option for displaying closed captioning built in. It has become a useful tool as well in public places, like gyms, restaurants, lobbies, where competing sounds make closed captioning a desired options for those that can. Even movies are creating technologies to provide closed captioning. However, the placement of the captioning on the screen is not always the best location. If can often obscure important parts of the image, such a speaker's face, or other imformation being provided.

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Intelligent placement of closed captioning

Often, close captioning is always placed on a pre-set portion of the screen. This inventing proposing analyzing the incoming image and place the closed captioning on a part of the screen less interesting to the view, such a a non-changing background.

For example, many news networks and interview shows provide text as the bottom of the screen to add information to supplement the image or provide a "ticker" of additional information.

Placing the captioning over this information, takes away some of the viewing experience. The television could with existing technology analyze where text is being displayed on the image and reposition the captioning so that it does not overlay that text, allowing for more information to reach the hearing impaired.

Additionally, the image could also be analyzed to discern if faces are on the screen and reposition the captioning to ensure that that faces are also not obscured.

Finally, if there is movement within the image, the captioning could be moved to the

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most static portion of the screen, such a the background. If none of these issues can be circumvented, the image can be slightly resized to a smaller viewable area, and the caption could take place outside of the image.

All this would allow the best viewing experience for all, hearing and hearing impaired, while also providing the most information possible, text or vis...