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Method for triggering events when reading an eBook aloud

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235535D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 33K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an extension of current electronic book (eBook) implementations that converts the eBook reader device to an active component of lecture activities. Through a speech analysis, the system either triggers or stops events (e.g., sounds, vibrations, animations, etc.) if the condition(s) is completed.

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Method for triggering events when reading an eBook aloud

Electronic books (eBooks) are available in an interactive format that includes animations created specifically for the book. Some allow the user to touch objects through a touch sensor device (e.g., via smart phones or tablet screens), which

triggers sounds related to that object.

The novel contribution is an extension of current eBook implementations that converts the eBook reader device to an active component of lecture activities . The device listens through the microphone installed on the eBook reader . Through a speech analysis, it then triggers events (e.g., sounds, vibrations, animations, etc.) if the condition for triggering the events is completed.

When the eBook is open, a background process is started that listens to the lecture. When the user starts reading, the listening background process compares the lecture with the actual eBook text. If a certain prepared phrase is read, then the event is triggered.

For example, consider the following text: "The girl looked down to where she heard a cat meowing".

When the user reads aloud the word "meowing", the listener software identifies it
and immediately triggers the sound player with (in this example) a cat's meow. The sound is only played just when the user reaches the trigger word or phrase.The internal format for the eBook file might be (or include) something like: "The girl looked down to where she heard a cat

meowing

"

The system not only triggers...