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An apparatus for keeping time during a presentation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029265D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jun-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jun-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 62K

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While delivering a presentation, the presenter would often like to divide up the time of the presentation according to an agenda. None of the available tools provide feedback to the presenter on how he is doing with keeping to his planned time, which would enable him to either speed up or slow down his pace as he proceeds through the presentation.

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An apparatus for keeping time during a presentation

While delivering a presentation, for example using Microsoft's* PowerPoint* or Lotus** Freelance Graphics, the presenter would often like to divide up the time of the presentation according to an agenda. The most basic type of an agenda would be to manage to discuss all the "slides" during the planned duration of the presentation. Typically the presenter would use his wristwatch to keep time, or a designated person would give him a "five minutes left" signal. PowerPoint provides a tool that tracks elapsed time and can be viewed when using two monitors (or a laptop connected to a projector when using Windows XP***). Powerpoint maintains a time planned for each slide, but this is used only for automatic transition.

    The invention would add a capability to presentation tools such as PowerPoint or Lotus Freelance Graphics that would keep track of both the planned time line of the presentation and the elapsed time and would provide feedback to the presenter on his progress.

    The time-line of the presentation could be either derived by dividing the planned time for the entire presentation by the number of slides (slides may be in any order including repetitions) and/or by providing specific duration for some or all slides. The presentation program would keep track of elapsed time during the presentation (already done by PowerPoint) and compare the elapsed time to the planned elapsed time according to the planned time-line.

    Several methods and combinations of them would be used to convey this information to the presenter:
1) provide an audible and/or visible alarm if the presenter is falling behind by some amount of time or percentage of the presentation
2) provide ongoing tracking i...