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Title: US5696879: Method and apparatus for improved voice transmission
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Cline, Troy Lee; Cedar Park, TX
Isensee, Scott Harlan; Georgetown, TX
Parke, Frederic Ira; Austin, TX
Poston, Ricky Lee; Austin, TX
Rogers, Gregory Scott; Austin, TX
Werner, Jon Harald; Austin, TX

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 1997-12-09 / 1995-05-31

Application Number: US1995000455430

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/16; G06F 13/00; G10L 13/00; G10L 15/00; G10L 19/00; G10L 13/08;
IPC-7: G10L 5/02;

ECLA Code: G10L19/00U; S10L13/04;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/260; 704/267; 704/E19.008;
Original: 395/002.69; 395/002.44; 395/002.79; 395/002.81; 395/002.87;

Field of Search: 395/2.44,2.69,2.79,2.81,2.87

Priority Number:
1995-05-31  US1995000455430

Abstract:     A uniquely programmed computer system and computer-implemented method direct a computer system to efficiently transmit voice. The method includes the steps of transforming voice from a user into text at a first system, converting a voice sample of the user into a set of voice characteristics stored in a voice database in a second system, and transmitting the text to the second system, whereby the second system converts the text into audio by synthesizing the voice of the user using the voice characteristics from the voice sample. The voice characteristics and text may be transmitted individually or jointly. However, if the system transmits voice characteristics individually, subsequent multiple text files are transmitted and converted at the second system using the stored voice characteristics located within the second system.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Roberts, Diana L. ; Henkler, Richard A. ; Dillon, Andrew J. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: MacDonald, Allen R.; Collins, Alphonso A.

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First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A computer-implemented method for improved voice transmission, comprising the steps of:
  • converting an audio voice sample of a particular user into a single set of voice characteristics, at a first system;
  • transmitting the single set of voice characteristics to a second system;
  • storing said single set of voice characteristics in a voice data base in the second system;
  • subsequently, converting a plurality of voice inputs from the particular user into a plurality of text files at the first system;
  • transmitting each of the plurality of text files to the second system; and
  • thereafter, converting each of the plurality of text files into audio utilizing the single set of voice characteristics wherein a synthesized voice representative of the particular user is transmitted utilizing minimum bandwidth.

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Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G97-091572

Other References:
  • F. I. Parke, "Visualized Speech Project", IBM Paper, May 28, 1992, 19 pages.

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