The audio-graphical interface to a personal integrated telecommunications system
Author(s)Arons, Barry Michael
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The telephone is proposed as an environment for exploring conversational computer systems. A personal communications system is developed which supports multi-modal access to multi-media mail. It is a testbed for developing novel methods of interactive information retrieval that are as intuitive and useful as the spoken word. A personalized telecommunications management system that handles both voice and electronic mail mess.ages through a unified user interface is described. Incoming voice messages are gathered via a conversational answering machine. Known callers are identified with a speech recognition unit so they can receive personal outgoing recordings. The system's owner accesses messages over the telephone by voice using natural language queries, or with the telephone keypad. Electronic mail messages and system status are transmitted by a text-to-speech synthesizer. Local access is provided by a touch sensitive screen and color raster display. Text and digitized voice messages are randomly accessible through graphical ideograms. A Rolodex-style directory permits dialing-by-name and the creation of outgoing recordings for individuals or mailing lists. Note: A 3/4 inch color U-matic video cassette accompanies this thesis, it is five minutes in length, and has an English narrative.
Thesis (M.S.V.S.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 1984.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 80-88).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology