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Title: US5920841: Speech supported navigation of a pointer in a graphical user interface
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Inventor: Schottmuller, Claus; Karlsruhe, Germany
Schwab, Viktor; Pforzheim, Germany

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 1999-07-06 / 1997-06-25

Application Number: US1997000882667

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/02; G06F 3/033; G06F 3/041; G06F 3/048; G06F 3/16;
IPC-7: G06F 3/16; G10L 9/06;

ECLA Code: G06F3/0481C; G06F3/16;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/275; 345/157;
Original: 704/275; 345/157;

Field of Search: 704/275 345/157

Priority Number:
1996-07-01  EP1996000110599

Abstract:     A method and an apparatus for speech controlled navigation of a pointer in a graphical user interface. Previous methods use speech commands like arrow keys of a keyboard and lack user friendly interfaces. The method and apparatus therefore provides a space of discrete position states (quantization) for the pointer which can be navigated only via those discrete positions by means of speech command input. The granularity of the discrete position states can be adapted to the respective application window and the position states can be represented by a system of coordinates where the speech command input is based on absolute or relative coordinates. Advantageously a copy image of the graphical user interface of operation can be provided in front of or beside the actual user interface and a proxy pointer device is displayed on the copy image. In one embodiment, only the copy image comprises the discrete position states, and the speech input commands are only transferred to the copy image. Navigation of the proxy pointer device within the copy is transferred and converted into commands within the actual user interface. By this method, an operation event effected by a manipulation of the proxy pointer effects a corresponding event at the user interface.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Duffield, Edward H. ; Dillon, Andrew J. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Hudspeth, David R.; Smits, Talivaldis Ivars

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First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A method for speech-supported navigation of a cursor within a graphical user interface, said method comprising the steps of:
  • defining a coordinate system including a plurality of discrete position states within said graphical user interface;
  • scaling a granularity of said coordinate system in response to a first speech command; and
  • navigating said cursor among said plurality of discrete position states in response to a second speech command.

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Get PDF - 11pp US5659665  1997-08 Whelpley, Jr.  Lucent Technologies Inc. Method and apparatus for including speech recognition capabilities in a computer system
Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1998-065026

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