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Interruptions Handler

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000063118D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Thomas, JC [+details]

Abstract

In many areas of human activity, including the office environment, people are continually being interrupted. This results in greatly lowering the probability of being able to retrieve the information that was in the person's short-term memory. This means extra time must be spent in re-establishing context. Observation in the office suggests that interruptions irrelevant to the main task often cause the person to switch tasks, probably resulting in further inefficiencies. An interruptionshandler in the office would solve this problem by allowing the person to instantly re-establish memory and context, and would help the person continue his/her work almost as though he/she was uninterrupted. The interruptions handler would operate in one of three modes: Record, Store, and Recall.