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Web Conference Presentation Synchronizer with Attendees Attentiveness Verification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247006D
Publication Date: 2016-Jul-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system to ensure that all participants in a web-based conference are attentive and actively viewing the display shared by the host presenter’s machine. The system uses an existing technology for an extended beacon to track the viewers’ eye movement and identify the location of the viewers’ gaze. When the novel system determines that all participants are looking at the same object, it flags the presenter to indicate that the audience is attentive.

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Web Conference Presentation Synchronizer with Attendees Attentiveness

Web Conference Presentation Synchronizer with Attendees Attentiveness

Verification

Live online classes and web conferences are common and cost effective alternatives to travelling and having a face-to-face business meetings or classes. A presenter can simply share the active computer screen with participants and present a slide deck or some other charts software to everyone. This process works very

well by providing all participants with a conference call phone number and a uniform resource locator (URL) through which to share the presenter screen.

One problem with such a web conferencing process is that the presenter does not know whether all participants have full access and view of the visuals (e.g., slides, graphs, etc.) on the local devices and screens. In addition, when the participants do have access, the presenter has no way of verifying whether the participants are really looking at the screen.

The only way a presenter can verify whether participants are looking at the screen is to make a verbal inquiry. If the person has only few charts to present, then verbal confirmation is adequate; however, if the presenter is showing a large number of charts, then repeated verbal confirmation can hinder the delivery of the presentation .

The proposed solution uses an existing technology for an extended beacon to track the viewers' eye movement. The system identifies the location of the viewers' gaze, and when all participants are looking at the same object, flags the presenter to indicate that the audience is attentive.

This solution virtually eliminates the need for verbal confirmation by running an application at the web conference URL host machine. The host machine sends a beacon message containing a test chart with software, which can be an applet interacting with a piece of software that runs on the participants' devices.

The software on the participants' device has two functions:


1. Collect the gaze information from the participant

2. Send a message back to the host machine indicating that...