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Method and System for Supporting Multiple Simultaneous Conferences Using a Single Communication Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199137D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

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A method and system for supporting multiple simultaneous conferences using a single communication device is disclosed. The method includes providing content from the multiple simultaneous conferences in multiple windows corresponding to different conferences. A participant is allowed to switch windows to switch attention across the different conferences.

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Method and System for Supporting Multiple Simultaneous Conferences Using a Single Communication Device

Disclosed is a method and system for supporting multiple simultaneous conferences, such as, web conferences or audio conferences, using a single communication device.

In an instance, a participant participates in multiple conferences taking place simultaneously using a communication device. The method includes providing content, such as, videos from the multiple conferences simultaneously on a display of the communication device. The content from the multiple conferences may be provided in multiple windows on a single display of a user's communication device. The multiple windows may be tiled so that the participant may view all the videos simultaneously. Alternatively, a window of a conference currently in focus appears in foreground, while overlapping other windows corresponding to other conferences not in focus.

The method and system allows a participant to select a window corresponding to the different conferences in order to switch attention across different conferences. In an instance, a first window corresponding to a first conference, receiving the participant's attention, is in foreground. When the participant wants to switch attention from the first conference to a second conference, the participant selects a second window corresponding to the second conference. Alternatively, the participant may switch from the first conference to the second conference by focusing eyes on the second window or by moving eyes from the first window to the second window.

Multiple audio streams associated with the multiple conferences are played simultaneously with...