Original Publication Date: 2004-May-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-May-25
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Sometimes it is impossible for a person who is being called to accept that call. There may either be no normal or mobile phone available or the situation does not allow to answer the phone call, e.g. in a meeting. Therefore, it can sometimes take quite a number of attempts to reach a person, thus wasting time and effort. It is hereby proposed to introduce a new feature to enable the called party to answer the phone call without actually speaking to the party calling. Therefore, the called person needs a PC or PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) or any device that is capable of handling text and connecting to the internet. The connection can be established in any way, i.e. via WLAN or Bluetooth. When a call comes in, the called person can accept or reject it normally or she can answer the call via the so called "talk-in-text-mode". This means that the called person types and sends text messages which are translated into speech and then presented to the caller. In reverse, the spoken words of the caller are processed by a speech recognition engine and sent to the called person as a text message. At any time the parties are able to switch between voice, text or video mode. It is also possible to switch between the devices being used, e.g. the PDA for text mode and the office phone for voice mode. When using PCs or PDAs the subscribers may also switch to "synchronized surfing", meaning that they are able to share files such as documents, pictures or videos interactively.