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Title: US6195640: Audio reader
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Mullaly, John Martin; Austin, TX
Burleson, Winslow Scott; Palo Alto, CA

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 2001-02-27 / 1999-01-29

Application Number: US1999000240500

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/00; G06F 3/01; G10L 13/04; G10L 13/08;
Core: G10L 13/00; more...
IPC-7: G10L 13/08;

ECLA Code: G06F3/01B4; G10L13/04U; S10L13/08;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/260; 345/156; 704/258; 704/E13.008;
Original: 704/260; 704/258; 345/156;

Field of Search: 704/256,257,258,260 345/156,157

Priority Number:
1999-01-29  US1999000240500

Abstract:     The present invention provides a method for allowing a user's reading to dictate the speed and position at which content is converted to audio in an audio reader. The method includes determining a position of a user's eye gaze, identifying a content displayed at the position of the user's eye gaze, determining an audio corresponding to the content, and outputting the audio. The method of the present invention allows the user's reading to drive the text to speech conversion, resulting in the computer reading what the user is currently reading. The user may then read text at a variable rate and at different positions, with the text to speech conversion following the user. The method of the present invention may be used to help raise users' literacy levels, to help users learn to read faster, to help boost reading comprehension, to help users scan documents, and to provide feedback for positioning and control. The present invention is thus flexible and has a range of utilities.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Sawyer Law Group LLP ; Leeuwen, Leslie Van ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Hudspeth, David R.; Abebe, Daniel

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First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A method for allowing a user's reading speed to dictate the speed at which content is converted to audio in an audio reader, comprising the steps of:
  • (a) determining a position of a user's eye gaze;
  • (b) identifying a text displayed at the position of the user's eye gaze;
  • (c) converting the text to audio at a speed based upon the user's reading speed; and
  • (d) outputting the audio.


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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 17pp US3704345  1972-11 Coker et al.  Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated CONVERSION OF PRINTED TEXT INTO SYNTHETIC SPEECH
Get PDF - 29pp US5731805  1998-03 Tognazzini et al.  Sun Microsystems, Inc. Method and apparatus for eyetrack-driven text enlargement
Get PDF - 29pp US5777614  1998-07 Ando et al.  Hitachi, Ltd. Editing support system including an interactive interface
Get PDF - 28pp US5886683  1999-03 Tognazzini et al.  Sun Microsystems, Inc. Method and apparatus for eyetrack-driven information retrieval
Get PDF - 28pp US5898423  1999-04 Tognazzini et al.  Sun Microsystems, Inc. Method and apparatus for eyetrack-driven captioning
       
Foreign References: None

Other References:
  • "Eye Controlled Media: Present and Future State," Arne John Glenstrup and Theo Engell-Nielsen 1995 University of Copenhagen.


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