Cell Phone With Number Collection Mode
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-28
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
This invention performs speech recognition to recognize and parse spoken numbers. Once the phone parses a number spoken by the other party, it then places the number into a time ordered list of numbers scanned during phone calls. This invention can operate in two different modes. In the first mode it is activated by pressing a button or saying a voice command like, "Phone number". In the second mode the processing is always active looking for spoken phone numbers. In either mode, when a number is heard it is placed in the list and an acceptance tone is used to provide feedback to the user that the number was accepted. Once numbers are added to the list, the user can use them to update any of the dialing conveniences that the phone supports. Today some phones have a concept of secondary numbers (one number for home and one for work). The problem is that when numbers can be so freely obtained user’s may also want to reset their calling convenience features temporally. So when using this list to set a dialing convenience this invention allows the user to specify a length of time for the number in the list to be in effect. (Optionally, instead of specifying a length of time, one can simply let the number stay in effect until explicitly reset via a reset option. The disadvantage of an explicit reset is you have to remember later to do it. Therefore, if you know someone is going to be somewhere for say the next 3 hours, you can simply enter that amount of time for the number to be in effect. After this time the number will reset itself to the previous number. After the call, the user can also clear the list, clear the numbers gathered on the last call, mark numbers to be retained, or delete individual numbers.) Another feature allowed during the temporary overriding of a dialing convenience would be to go beyond the overriding of a single dialing convenience. At one extreme, an example of this would be no matter how the temporarily overridden number is entered, the temporary number would be dialed. Another option would be to allow the person to really dial the actual number (either directly or using some other dialing convenience that has not been temporarily overridden) and supply an indication that the number is currently overridden and give the user the option to dial the temporary number or stick with the number they actually dialed.