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Title: US6289085: Voice mail system, voice synthesizing device and method therefor
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Inventor: Miyashita, Shichiro; Yamato, Japan
Saito, Takashi; Tokyo-to, Japan

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 2001-09-11 / 1998-06-16

Application Number: US1998000097867

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/16; G06F 13/00; G10L 13/00; G10L 13/02; G10L 13/06; G10L 13/08; G10L 19/00; H04M 3/42; H04M 1/65;
IPC-7: G10L 13/00; H04M 1/64;

ECLA Code: G10L13/033; S10L13/04; T04M1/65D2;

U.S. Class: Current: 379/088.02; 379/067.1; 379/088.16; 379/088.19; 379/088.27; 379/093.24; 704/258; 704/E13.004;
Original: 379/088.02; 379/067.1; 379/088.16; 379/088.19; 379/088.27; 379/093.24; 704/258;

Field of Search: 379/100.08,88.13,88.16,88.2,88.22,127,67.1,70,88.02,88.18,88.19,88.21,88.26,88.27,93.24 704/231,258

Priority Number:
1997-10-07  JP1997009184691

Abstract:     The reception part 30 outputs the text and the header of the received electronic mail to the voice synthesizing part 32. The voice font switching part 326 outputs the sander ID contained in the header to the voice font searching part 328. The voice font searching part 328 searches the voice feature data in the voice font database part 330 to have voice feature data in which the user ID contained in the header of the voice feature data matches the sender ID sent to the rhythm control part 322 and the voice generating part 324. The rhythm control part 322, the voice generating part 324 and the voice output part 38 read the content of the text in a voice feature indicated by the phonemes contained in the supplied voice feature data and generates a voice signal characterized by rhythm data contained in the header of the voice feature data for output.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Tassinari, Jr., Robert P. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Tsang, Fan; Escalante, Ovidio

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We claim:     1. A voice mail system comprising a plurality of terminal devices connected through a network of communications nodes, in which said terminal devices each comprises:
  • voice feature control means for controlling voice feature data which indicates voice features of a plurality of voices in correlation with one or more identifiers which are unique within the network;
  • mail reception means for receiving a mail containing at least a communication message and said identifier;
  • voice synthesizer means for synthesizing a voice which represents the content of the communication message contained in the received mail in a voice feature indicated by said voice feature data which is controlled in correlation with said identifier contained in the received mail;
  • voice output means for outputting said synthesized voice wherein each of said communication nodes comprises clock means for measuring an operating time;
  • each of said voice feature data including time limit data indicating a limit of using the voice feature data; and
  • said voice synthesizer means synthesizing the voice using said voice feature data only when said operating time is within the use limit indicated by said time limit data contained in said voice feature data.


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Get PDF - 123pp US5632002  1997-05 Hashimoto et al.  Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Speech recognition interface system suitable for window systems and speech mail systems
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Publication Date IPC Code Assignee   Title
  JP04177299 1992-06  G10L 3/00    
  JP04175049 1992-06  H04M 3/50    
  JP05233565 1993-09  G06F 15/16    
Buy PDF - 1pp JP05260082A2 1993-10  G06F 3/16 TOSHIBA CORP TEXT READER 
  JP05260082 1993-10  H04L 12/54    
  JP08272587 1996-10  G06F 3/16    
  JP09050586 1997-02  G10L 3/00    
Buy PDF - 1pp JP10065811A2 1998-03  G06F 3/16 CANON INC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR READING ALOUD ELECTRONIC MAIL 
Buy PDF - 1pp JP11102198A2 1999-04  G01C 21/00 TOYOTA MOTOR CORP MESSAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD OF PROCESSING MESSAGE, AND MEDIUM ON WHICH A MESSAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM IS RECORDED 


Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1999-195016

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