Inline Time Stamp Module for Use With Telephone Answering Machines
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A technique is described whereby an Inline Time Stamp Module (ITSM) is connected in series with a telephone line input and a telephone answering machine so as to enable the time to be recorded either at the beginning or at the end of the recorded message. The ITSM is designed to either be built into the answering machine or used as an add-on modular device. When a recorded message is received, the time is recorded so that when the message is read back, a synthesized speech message announces the actual time the message was recorded. The ITSM, shown in the drawing as a modular unit, is connected to a four-wire telephone incoming line 10. Ring counter 11 is set by the user to reflect the same number of rings as set in the ring counter of the answering machine.