Global Patent Index - EP 1050010 A1

EP 1050010 A1 2000-11-08 - VOICE-OUTPUT READING SYSTEM WITH GESTURE-BASED NAVIGATION

Title (en)

VOICE-OUTPUT READING SYSTEM WITH GESTURE-BASED NAVIGATION

Title (de)

LESESYSTEM MIT SPRACHAUSGABE UND AUF GESTEN BASIERENDER NAVIGATION

Title (fr)

SYSTEME DE LECTURE A SORTIE VOCALE AVEC NAVIGATION GESTUELLE

Publication

EP 1050010 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 98953891 A

Priority

  • US 9822392 W
  • US 6313597 P
  • US 6871397 P

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9921122A1] An optical-input print reading device (29) with voice output (47, 63) for people with impaired or no vision in which the user provides input to the system from hand gestures. Images of the text to be read (37, 51), on which the user performs finger- and hand-based gestural commands, are input to a computer, which decodes the text images into their symbolic meanings through optical character recognition (55), and further tracks (57) the location and movement of the hand and fingers in order to interpret the gestural movements into their command meaning. In order to allow the user to select text and align printed material, feedback is provided to the user through audible and tactile means. Through a speech synthesizer, the text is spoken audibly. For users with residual vision, visual feedback (71) of magnified and image enhanced text is provided. Multiple cameras of the same or different fields of view can improve performance. In addition, alternative device configurations allow portable operation, including the use of cameras located on worn platforms, such as eyeglasses (100), or on a fingertip system (123). The use of gestural commands is natural, allowing for rapid training and ease of use. The device also has application as an aid in learning to read, and for data input and image capture for home and business uses.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G06K 9/00; G06F 3/00; G06K 9/46

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G06F 3/00 (2006.01); G06F 3/01 (2006.01); G06F 3/033 (2013.01); G06F 3/042 (2006.01); G06K 9/00 (2006.01); G09B 21/00 (2006.01); G10L 13/04 (2013.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G06F 3/016 (2013.01); G06F 3/014 (2013.01); G06F 3/0304 (2013.01); G06F 3/033 (2013.01); G06F 3/0425 (2013.01); G06K 9/00335 (2013.01); G09B 21/001 (2013.01); G09B 21/006 (2013.01); G09B 21/007 (2013.01); G09B 21/008 (2013.01); G10L 13/00 (2013.01); G06F 2203/0331 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9921122A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI NL SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 9921122 A1 19990429; AU 1114899 A 19990510; CA 2308213 A1 19990429; EP 1050010 A1 20001108

INPADOC legal status


2003-11-19 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20030503

2000-11-08 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20000428

2000-11-08 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI NL SE