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Title: US6499015: Voice interaction method for a computer graphical user interface
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Brooks, Brian S.; Lake Worth, FL
Loring, Keith P.; Coral Springs, FL
Milenkovic, Maria; Phoenix, AZ

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 2002-12-24 / 1999-08-12

Application Number: US1999000372919

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/038; G06F 3/16;
IPC-7: G10L 21/00;

ECLA Code: G06F3/038; G06F3/16;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/275; 704/231; 704/257; 704/270;
Original: 704/275; 704/270; 704/256; 704/231; 704/257;

Field of Search: 704/270,275,256,260,270.1,231,257

Priority Number:
1999-08-12  US1999000372919

Abstract:     The present invention enables a computer user to select a function represented via a graphical user interface by speaking command related to the function into audio processing circuitry. A voice recognition program interprets the spoken words to determine the function that is desired for execution. The user may use the cursor to identify an element on the graphical user interface display or speak the name of that element. The computer responds to the identification of the element by displaying a menu of the voice commands associated with that element.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Akerman Senterfitt ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Chawan, Vijay;

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What is claimed is:     1. A method for selecting functions from a graphical user interface of a computer, the method comprising the steps of:
  • selecting an activatable control element that is being presented by the graphical user interface on a monitor screen of the computer thereby producing an indication of the activatable control element, wherein the activatable control element can initiate associated functions;
  • responding to the indication by displaying a menu of voice commands which may be used to select the functions that can be initiated by the activatable control element;
  • receiving a first phrase spoken by the user;
  • applying voice recognition techniques to the first phrase to determine which one of the voice commands was spoken by the user; and
  • executing a function indicated by the one of the voice commands.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 25pp US5818423  1998-10 Pugliese et al.  Dragon Systems, Inc. Voice controlled cursor movement
Get PDF - 19pp US5864819  1999-01 De Armas et al.  International Business Machines Corporation Internal window object tree method for representing graphical user interface applications for speech navigation
Get PDF - 21pp US5873064  1999-02 De Armas et al.  International Business Machines Corporation Multi-action voice macro method
Get PDF - 18pp US6012030  2000-01 French-St. George et al.  Nortel Networks Corporation Management of speech and audio prompts in multimodal interfaces
Get PDF - 25pp US6157705  2000-12 Perrone  E*Trade Group, Inc. Voice control of a server
Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G2002-043472

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