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Voice @(at) and topic identification Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240625D
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-13

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As the development of the mobile devices and wireless network, the instant messaging tools are more convenient and nearer to people’s life as never before. People all over the world can instantly reach to each other in anywhere and anytime. Thanks to the evolvement of technology the world is literally synchronized. Comparing to the old days, voice message is replacing the text message emerging as the mainstream of means of communications for its convenience, economy and people friendly. Nonetheless, unlike the text messages, when you have lots of un-listened voice messages, you would usually be reluctant to listen them all. As a result, the important message will get lost. You can @(at) someone or be @ in the text messages. Therefore no matter how many unread messages are there, you can easily tell which one you should be concerned about. However, unlike the text messages, voice message are usually unstructured and chaotic. When you have dozens of un-listened ones, finding which one you should listen to is like searching a needle in the deep ocean. We are proposing the voice @, and topic identification mechanism to facilitate the communication in the messaging tool nowadays.

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Core idea: We are proposing the @(at) function in the voice messaging in group chat or comments section of instant messaging tools. You can@ someone before or after the course of recording. You can select a group of messages to mention someone. Besides, we're proposing a mechanism to identify a group of messages which is related to the same topic, so that the listener being @ can easily identify which to listen to.

Before the recording , you can select several listeners you want to mention and then you can start to record.

After the message is sent, there will be nicknames appearing within the voice bar hinting whom are mentioned. On the other hand, after you finish the recording, you can open the group chat member list to drag and drop the target user ID onto the voice bar. Private @ is also proposed. When you private @ the selected users in a group chat, only them can listen to your messages.

Topic identification is also proposed to distinguish the different sections which is only meaningful to the listeners who are mentioned. So when there are hundreds of voice messages, the user can easily find what they expect. And they can choose to only listen to the voice messages under the specific thread.

Message Structure:

UUID of creator

Topic UUID

UUID of mentioned users

Voice message

Text content

Record time


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Implementation detail:


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Implementation flow:
1. Get selected users->2. Sensor if the user drop the users onto the recording button->3. If it does, begin recording. ->4. If it finishes, send the message with the UUIDs of the @(at) users to the chat group.


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Implementation flow:
1.Get selected users->2.Sensor if the user drop the sele...