(19)
(11)EP 2 954 438 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
22.07.2020 Bulletin 2020/30

(21)Application number: 14727987.1

(22)Date of filing:  19.03.2014
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 16/44(2019.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2014/031177
(87)International publication number:
WO 2014/153387 (25.09.2014 Gazette  2014/39)

(54)

INTERACTIVE METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MIXED MEDIA NARRATIVE CONSUMPTION

INTERAKTIVES VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG FÜR DEN EMPFANG VON ERZÄHLUNGEN ÜBER GEMISCHTE MEDIEN

PROCÉDÉ ET APPAREIL INTERACTIFS POUR UNE CONSOMMATION DE RÉCIT MULTIMÉDIA


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 19.03.2013 US 201361803309 P
05.04.2013 US 201313857550

(43)Date of publication of application:
16.12.2015 Bulletin 2015/51

(73)Proprietor: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
Suwanee, GA 30024 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • BASAPUR, Santosh S.
    Aurora, IL 60502 (US)
  • CHAYSINH, Shirley A.
    Grayslake, Illinois 60030 (US)
  • MANDALIA, Hiren M.
    Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007 (US)
  • VENKITARAMAN, Narayanan
    Palatine, IL 60067 (US)

(74)Representative: Openshaw & Co. 
8 Castle Street
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7HR
Farnham, Surrey GU9 7HR (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 2 209 311
US-A1- 2012 324 324
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND



    [0001] The present invention relates to an interactive method and apparatus for presenting portions of a narrative which are expressible in more than one medium.

    [0002] Narratives or stories are commonly available for electronic presentation on a computing device, such as a laptop or tablet computer or a cellular phone, and are increasingly available in more than one medium of expression. For example, a narrative may be available as an electronic book (e-book), an audio book, a video, a television program and/or a comic strip/book, a group of cartoons arranged in a narrative sequence. Typically, an entire narrative will be presented in a single, consumer selected medium, for example, an audio book. However, with increased availability of narratives in differing mediums of expression, interest in comparing a narrative or a portion of a narrative when presented in different media or in experiencing a multi-media presentation of a narrative has increased. The disclosure US 2012/324324 A1 describes a system wherein a media content can be accompanied and presented synchronously by a different version of the same content, for example audio book can accompany an e-book. Also switching between versions during presentation is possible.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0003] 

    FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a mixed media presentation system, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a process of segmenting and linking segments of a narrative as expressed in two mediums, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 3 is a flow diagram of a mixed media narrative presentation process, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 4 is a block diagram of an exemplary user's computing device for presenting a mixed media narrative, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 5 is a front view of a user's computing device displaying a first embodiment of an interactive user interface for a mixed medium narrative presentation, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 6 is a front view a user's computing device displaying a second embodiment of an interactive user interface for a mixed medium narrative presentation, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 7 is an exemplary segment table for identifying a segment of a narrative, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 8 is an exemplary mapping table for identifying the linkage of narrative segments, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 9 is exemplary program data enabling a user interface for a mixed media narrative presentation, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 10 is exemplary program data enabling presentation of segments of a mixed media narrative in an order and version selected by the user, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 11 is an exemplary interface for a computing device enabling selection of differing modes of presentation for a mixed media narrative, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 12 is an exemplary interface for a computing device enabling selection of specific classes of segments within a medium of expression, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 13 is an exemplary interface for a computing device enabling selection of devices for presentation of a narrative segment, in accordance with an embodiment.

    FIG. 14 is an exemplary interface for a computing device for presenting a mixed media narrative as a game, in accordance with an embodiment.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0004] A narrative or story may be expressed in one or more media. For examples, narratives are commonly expressed as a video, an electronic book (e-book), an audio book, a television program and/or comic book/strip, a group of cartoons arranged in a narrative sequence. In embodiments, a method and apparatus are provided for presenting a narrative comprising portions presented in respective user selectable medium(s) of expression.

    [0005] An embodiment provides a method of presenting a narrative comprising a plurality of successively presentable narrative segments, at least one segment presentable in plural mediums of expression comprises presenting a user interface for a computing device, the user interface comprising a media availability indicator indicating availability of mediums of expressions for presenting a segment of said narrative; and a medium selector operable by the user of the computing device to select one of the plural mediums of expression for presenting the segment of the narrative; and presenting the segment of the narrative in the user selected medium of expression.

    [0006] A further embodiment provides an apparatus for presenting a narrative comprising a plurality of successively presentable narrative segments, at least one segment presentable in plural mediums of expression comprises a computer accessible memory for storing a program instruction and data; a data processing unit operable according to a program instruction stored in the memory to present a user interface enabling the user to construct the narrative by selecting ones of the narrative segments, each expressible in a selected medium of expression; and an output device communicatively connected to the data processing unit to present the selected segments of the narrative to the user, each segment presented in a respective user selected medium of expression.

    [0007] Referring in detail to the drawings where similar parts are identified by like reference numerals, and, more particularly to FIG. 1, a mixed media narrative presentation system 20 comprises, generally, a mixed medium presentation system 22, including a mixed media presentation module 24, communicatively connectable to a user's computing device 26 which may comprise, by way of examples only, a laptop computer, a tablet computer or a cellular telephone. The mixed media presentation system 22 includes a data processing unit 28 arranged to execute programs according to a set of program instructions and data stored in a memory 30. The data processing unit 28 is arranged to communicate with remote computing devices, such as the user's computing device 26 and to communicate with a mixed media presentation memory 32 of the mixed media presentation module 24 in which segments of one or more narratives in one or more mediums of expression are stored.

    [0008] A narrative commonly comprises a sequence of narrative segments. For example, a digital video typically comprises a plurality of sequential scenes, each comprising a succession of frames or images and an audio track which may include dialogue, music and sound effects. Books, in either text or audio form, commonly comprise a series of chapters, each, typically, comprising a plurality paragraphs each of which, in turn, comprises one or more sentences including topic and supporting sentences and dialogue. Referring also to FIG. 2, in the mixed media narrative presentation system 22, an expression of a narrative, for example a video, is stored in a narrative data base 34. The data processing unit 28 directs the recovery of a narrative expression; for example, medium 1, an audio track of video 62; from the narrative data base 34 and transmits the narrative expression to a media reconciler 36. The media reconciler 36 defines a succession of segments 64, for example, video audio track segments 62, making up the narrative expression and associates metadata with each segment identifying and describing the segment. Similarly, the media reconciler might segment the scenes of a video or the scenes of an image portion of a video or the topic and background sentences and dialogue of an audio book or an e-book.

    [0009] In the mixed media presentation system 22, the segmented narrative expression may be transmitted to either an automated media interchange suggestion module 38 or a media interchange authoring portal 40. In the automated media interchange suggestion module 38 the data processing unit 28 analyzes the segments of plural medium expressions, for examples, segments 64 of the first medium expression 62 of the narrative and the metadata describing the respective segments, and compares the segments of the first medium expression to respective segments 68 and associated metadata of the second medium expression 66, for example an audio book, to determine which segments of the first medium expression are substitutable for the segments of the second medium expression. The automated media interchange suggestion module adds metadata 70 to each segment of the plural expressions of the narrative linking a segment 64 of the first expression 62 to one or more corresponding segments 68 of the narrative in the second medium expression 66 and vice versa. For example, segments of a video audio track containing a character's dialogue may be linked to segments of an audio book or an e-book where the character is quoted enabling substitution of the video actor's dialogue for the narrator's dialogue or the text expressing a character's dialogue. The system provides plural levels of granularity enabling mapping and substitution of segments in differing media and multiple media expressions of the narrative, such as, substitution of a scene from one video expression for a scene of a second video expression or linking of a video scene or image or sound effect to a chapter or a paragraph of an e-book and/or several minutes of an audio book permitting simultaneous presentation of a video scene or image while the narrated audio or a sound effect is output and/or the e-book text is presented on a second or a divided display.

    [0010] In the media interchange authoring portal 40, an author 42 interested in developing a mixed medium narrative may manually segment a narrative and/or add metadata 70 linking segments of an expression of a narrative to the segments of a second expression of the narrative which has been segmented and stored in the mixed media presentation system's memory.

    [0011] When the segments of the plural expressions of a narrative have been linked in either the automated media interchange suggestion module 38 or the media interchange authoring portal 40, the segmented narratives including the segment descriptive metadata linking the segments of the different media expressions are stored in the mixed media presentation module database 32. Referring also to FIG. 7, the segments of each medium expression of a narrative are stored in the mixed media presentation module database 32 as a record in a segment table 300. Each record in the exemplary segment table 300 represents a segment of one medium expression of the designated narrative or story and may include a segment identification 302, a narrative identification 304, a version or medium identification 306, a start point 308 and an end point 310. Referring also to FIG. 8, a mapping table 320 stored in the mixed media presentation module database maps the relationship between any two segments 322, 324 stored in the database with a mapping identification 326.

    [0012] Referring also to FIG. 3, a mixed media narrative presentation 100 typically begins with a request for a menu of available narratives and media transmitted 102 from a user's computing device 26 to the data processing unit 28 of the mixed media presentation system 22. Referring also to FIG. 4, a user's computing device 26 may be any computing device capable of communicating with the mixed media presentation system 22 and presenting a narrative to the user in one or more mediums of expression selected by the user. By way of examples only, the user's computing device might be a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a mobile phone, television or an e-book reader. The user's computing device 26 comprises, generally, a processing unit 150, a system memory 152 and a system bus 154 that couples the various components of the computing device, including the system memory, to the data processing unit.

    [0013] The system memory 152 may include nonvolatile and/or volatile computer accessible storage media which may be implemented in any method or technology suitable for storing computer-readable information, such as computer readable instructions, data structures, program modules, narrative data or other data. Computer storage media includes, but is not limited to, random access memory (RAM); read-only memory (ROM); EEPROM; flash memory; optical storage, such as digital versatile disk (DVD), and magnetic storage devices. A basic input/output (BIOS) system containing basic routines that aid in transferring information between elements within the computing device, such as, during start-up, is typically stored in non-volatile memory. Data and/or program modules, such as an operating system and application programs and data, are also typically stored in non-volatile memory, such as flash memory or magnetic disk storage, but may be copied to volatile memory, such as RAM, for immediate accessibility and/or utilization by the processing unit.

    [0014] The user's computing device 26 also typically includes a communication interface 156, and can comprise communication media embodying computer-readable instructions, data structures, program modules or other data. Information may be communicated, for example, a modulated data signal having one or more characteristics changeable in a manner to encode information in the signal, such as a carrier wave or other data transport medium. By way of example, but not limitation, communication media includes wired media such as a wired network or a direct-wired connection and wireless media such as acoustic, radio frequency (RF) 158, infrared and other wireless media or any combination of computer readable communication media.

    [0015] Typically, the user's computing device includes a monitor or other display device 162 for visually presenting data, including video and text data, to the user. The display is commonly connected to the processing unit via a video interface 164. In addition, the user's computing device 26 commonly incorporates an audio output device, such as a speaker 170 and/or headphones 172 interconnected to the system bus by an output peripheral interface 171. A user may enter commands and information into the computing device through one or more input devices such as keyboard 174 or a pointing device 175, such as a mouse, trackball or touch pad, a microphone or a game pad, which is connected to the processing unit by an input device interface 176. The user's computing device may also comprise a virtual input mechanism such as a virtual keyboard or pointing device operated by touch, stylus or gesture interaction 168 with the monitor 162 and in communication with the data processing unit 156 by a touch/gesture controller which may, for example, be part of the video interface 164.

    [0016] When the user inputs a command to the user's computing device 26 requesting a menu of available narratives, the request is transmitted 102 to the data processing unit 28 of the mixed media presentation system 22 by the communication system interconnecting the two devices. Referring also to FIGS. 9, 10 and 11, in response to the request 104, the data processing unit 28 of the mixed media presentation system 22 transmits 106 program data 340, 342 to the user's computing device which is parsed by the user's computing device 26 to create an user interface, for example the user interface 352, presenting the user with a menu of available narratives and options for interchanging segments of one medium expression of a narrative for segments of a second medium expression of the narrative. The user interface may identify a narrative 354 and include a representation from one of the available medium expressions, such as an image 356 from a video, suggesting the content of the narrative. If available for the desired narrative, the user might, by way of examples, elect presentation of a video 358, an e-book 360 or an e-book which includes scenes from the video expression 362 of the narrative; an audio book 364 or an audio book mixed with audio from a video 366 or a package of segments that have been bundled according to the user's profile or a profile of a group of users 368. Further, referring also to FIG. 12, when the user selects a presentation option, the interface may present additional options enabling the user to explore the granularity of the narrative presentation. For example, the user may select certain groups or classes of segments within a medium expression, for example, only the segments representing certain characters or speakers 380, 382 in an audio track as preferred substitutes for the narrator of an audio book.

    [0017] From the menu of available narratives and narrative expressions presentable on the user's computing device, the user can select a preferred narrative and medium of expression to be presented. The user preference for a narrative and a medium of expression is transmitted 108 from the user's computing device to the data processing unit 28 of the mixed media presentation system 22 and stored in the mixed media presentation system memory 30. Alternatively, a user profile 44 including media preferences previously selected by the user may be stored in the memory 30 of the mixed media presentation system 22 or stored on the user's computing device for transmittal to the mixed presentation system when the user requests a menu of available narrative expressions. In addition, statistical information related to media interchanges requested by past users or groups of users, such as social media associates of the user, of a narrative may be stored in the memory of the mixed media presentation system and presented to a user as a graphic or other representation of the popularity of a particular preference, for example, as a heat map, enabling the user select more commonly requested segments and media when a narrative is presented.

    [0018] Referring also to FIG. 10, when the user preferences are received by the mixed media presentation system 110, the data processing unit 28 recovers the requested segment of the narrative in the preferred medium of expression from the memory 32 of the mixed media presentation module 24 and transmits program data 342 enabling presentation of the segments of the narrative in the versions and order selected by the user and the segment, for example, the first segment of the narrative, to the user's computing device 114 for presentation to the user. The data processing unit 28 of the mixed media presentation system determines whether a new presentation option 116 has received from the user's computing device 26 and whether the new presentation option includes a request for a different medium expression of the narrative 118. If the narrative is being presented to the user as an ordered sequence of segments, and a new medium has not been requested 118, the data processing device 28 recovers the next segment in the current medium expression of the narrative 120 and transmits the next segment to the user 114. However, if a new medium has been requested by the user's computing device 118, the data processing unit 26 of the mixed presentation system 22 examines the metadata associated with the next segment of the current medium expression of the narrative and the metadata associated with one or more segments of the new medium expression to find one or more segments of the new medium expression which are substitutable the next segment of current medium expression 122. Alternatively, the data processing unit might determine the identity of and transmit a segment of the new medium expression that is substitutable for the last segment of the current medium expression that was transmitted. As a further alternative, if requested the mixed media presentation system might retransmit a segment of a narrative enabling a replay of a segment of the narrative. The mixed media presentation system continues to transmit segments of the narrative expressed in the medium requested by the user's computing device until the end of the narrative has been reached or the user's request for segments has been satisfied 124.

    [0019] In an embodiment, a mixed media experience would be improved by a novel interactive user interface for the user's computing device 26 enabling a user to monitor and control the progress of a mixed media narrative presentation and enabling the user to select the media in which portions of the narrative are presented. Referring to FIG. 5, a first embodiment of the mixed media interface 200 includes a progress bar 202 including a progress icon 204 indicating the progress in a narrative's presentation. In addition, the progress bar 202 indicates the medium(s) in which the narrative is and has been presented. For example, the exemplary progress bar 202 indicates that an initial portion 206 of the narrative was presented as a video, followed by a second portion of the narrative 208 presented as an audio book, which was, in turn, followed by a portion 210 which was presented as an e-book. A user selectable presentation icon 212 controls the progress of the presentation and indicates whether the presentation of the narrative is proceeding or, as illustrated, has been halted.

    [0020] The mixed media user interface 200 also includes a media selector 214. When the user's computing device 26 receives a segment of the narrative from the mixed media presentation system 22, the narrative segment may be accompanied by metadata describing the presentation options, including the available media expressions, for the next segment of the narrative. The media selector 214 displays the medium expression options, for example, video 216, audio 218 and e-book 220 for the next narrative segment. The user may select a new medium expression for the next narrative segment by selecting one of the available medium expression options, for example, by touching 222 a portion of the monitor displaying the desired one of the available media options. Alternatively, the mixed media presentation module may recover a segment of the narrative in the new medium of expression that is substitutable for the segment being presented and transmit that segment to the user's computing device for presentation after completion of the presentation of the current segment or the segments of plural media expressions may be presented simultaneously on differing output devices of the user's computing device, for examples, audio and video may be simultaneously presented with a display and speakers or text and images may be presented simultaneously on two displays or a display divisible into plural windows. In this case, the media selector indicates the media options for the segment that is being currently presented. The mixed media presentation module continues to recover successive segments of the narrative from memory in the user selected medium of expression and transmit those segments to the user's computing device until the user selects another medium of expression or interrupts the presentation by selection of the presentation icon 212 or until the last segment of the narrative has been presented.

    [0021] Referring to FIG. 6, in a second embodiment of a novel user interface 250 for mixed media narrative presentation on a user's computing device 26, the user can choose between an ordered presentation of narrative segments and a random presentation of segments. The user interface 250 enhances the user's experience by representing the narrative presentation as a game where the narrative is represented by an area of the interface 252 and each segment of the narrative is represented by a graphic 254, for example, a graphic puzzle piece. The individual puzzle pieces, for example, puzzle piece 258 are arranged to indicate a relationship of the corresponding segment with the segments represented by neighboring pieces. For example, a protruding lobe 260 on a puzzle piece might indicate a direction in which the segments of a narrative proceed. The user may be able to choose from multiple plotlines 262, 264 for a narrative by selecting a puzzle piece having plural lobes indicating a progression of the narrative to either of plural segments represented by respective adjoining puzzle pieces.

    [0022] The user may elect to have the narrative presented as an ordered succession of segments by selecting puzzle pieces corresponding to one of the possible plotlines and then selecting the area of the interface denoted by the "Start of Narrative" legend 266 with a pointer or other selection mechanism available on the user's computing device. The computing device will then select an ordered progression of the narrative segments, each represented by an adjacent puzzle piece, ending with the segment 268 adjacent to the "End of Narrative" legend 270 or the last segment selected by the user.

    [0023] On the other hand, the segments of the requested narrative may be presented in a random manner by selecting an individual puzzle piece 254, for example, the piece 263. Selected segments of the narrative will obtained from the mixed media presentation memory 32 and transmitted to the user's computing device for presentation.

    [0024] The available media for presenting the next segment of an ordered presentation of a narrative or a selected segment of a narrative may be indicated to the user by either a media selection area of the interface displaying controls 270 enabling selection of one of the mediums available for presentation of the segment or by pop-up menu 272 which appears when the user engages a respective puzzle piece with a pointing device. The pop-up menu 272 may include an indicator 274 of a preferred medium for the segment based on the medium selected for adjacent segments or a prior selection by the user or selection by a group of users or otherwise. When the interface indicates that plural media are available for presentation of a segment, the user may select a preferred medium by selecting one of the available media 276. The identity of the preferred medium is transmitted to the data processing unit 28 of the mixed media presentation system 22 which recovers the segment in the designated medium from the mixed media presentation memory 32 and transmits the segment to the user's computing device 26 for presentation. A progress icon 278 displayed on the interface indicates which segment is currently being presented and may include an indication 279 of the state of completion of the segment's presentation. A presentation control icon 280 enables selective control of the progression of the narrative presentation and indicates whether the presentation is proceeding or, as illustrated, has been halted by the user. As each segment is presented, a label 282 is superimposed on the corresponding puzzle piece indicating the medium in which that segment of the narrative was presented.

    [0025] Referring also to FIG. 13, the interface 250 may include controls 420 enabling the user to select particular computing devices for presentation of a segment or for simultaneous presentation of plural media expressions of a segment on differing devices, such as displaying an image on a tablet computer and a corresponding audio segment on an MP3 player.

    [0026] To further enhance the user's experience, a user interface enabling a user to select narrative segments in a game where the user may compete against a clock to fit the segments into a complete narrative may be presented on the user's computing device 26. Referring also to FIG. 14, for example, a user interface 450 may display a skeleton 452 for a puzzle and a number of puzzle pieces 454 each representing a segment of the narrative. The user 456 can select and move a puzzle piece and place the selected piece on the skeleton 452 to complete a narrative piece-by-piece following a plotline representation 458 on the skeleton. On the other hand, the user may be encouraged to guess what comes next in a narrative by selecting puzzle pieces that fit adjoining pieces without any indication of a progression of a plot. When the puzzle is completed the user can activate presentation of the narrative that the user has constructed by selecting the "start of narrative" area of the interface. Alternatively, the segments may be presented in a selected medium as the segments are selected by the user, for example, when the user selects a corresponding puzzle piece. After a segment is presented, the user may select the segment again enabling presentation in the same medium or presentation of linked segments in one or more other mediums selected by the user. The user interface also times 462 the completion of the puzzle to provide a measurement of the user's performance and enables the user to share the experience with others through a social media interface control 464. The user interface 450 also includes a control 460 enabling the user to respond to questions about the narrative and score his/her understanding of the subject and, while the mixed media narrative presentation system may be used for entertainment, it may also be used to enhance a user's experience during other activities, such as education or mixed media news presentations.

    [0027] The mixed media narrative presentation system enables a user to select and mix the mediums in which segments of a narrative are presented.

    [0028] The detailed description, above, sets forth numerous specific details to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. However, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the present invention may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well known methods, procedures, components, and circuitry have not been described in detail to avoid obscuring the present invention.

    [0029] The terms and expressions that have been employed in the foregoing specification are used as terms of description and not of limitation, and there is no intention, in the use of such terms and expressions, of excluding equivalents of the features shown and described or portions thereof, it being recognized that the scope of the invention is defined and limited only by the claims that follow.


    Claims

    1. A method of presenting a narrative comprising a plurality of successively presentable narrative segments, the plurality of successively presentable narrative segments comprising a first segment and a second segment, the first and second segments each being presentable in plural mediums of expression, the method comprising:

    presenting a user interface for a computing device (26), said user interface comprising:

    (i) a media availability indicator indicating availability of plural mediums of expression for presenting each of the first and second segments of said narrative;

    (ii) a medium selector operable by a user of said computing device (26) to select a respective one of said plural mediums of expression for presenting each of the first and second segments of said narrative;

    receiving a user selection of a respective one of the plural mediums of expression for each of the first and second segments of said narrative; and

    presenting each of the first and second segments of said narrative in their respective user selected medium of expression,

    wherein the method further comprises:

    presenting on said user interface plural graphics each graphic representing a respective one of said plural segments of said narrative; and

    following presentation of the first segment of said narrative, displaying in the graphic representing the first segment an indication of the medium in which the first segment was presented, and following presentation of the second segment of said narrative, displaying in the graphic representing the second segment an indication of the medium in which the second segment was presented.


     
    2. The method of claim 1, wherein presenting each of the first and second segments of said narrative in their respective user selected medium of expression comprises:
    substituting each of the first and second segments for a respective one of a succession of segments of a respective other medium of expression of said narrative.
     
    3. The method of claim 2, wherein substituting each of the first and second segments for a respective one of a succession of segments of a respective other medium of expression of said narrative comprises:
    substituting each of the first and second segments for a respective currently presented segment of said respective other medium of expression of said narrative.
     
    4. The method of claim 2, wherein substituting each of the first and second segments for a respective one of a succession of segments of a respective other medium of expression of said narrative comprises:
    substituting each of the first and second segments for a respective segment of said respective other medium of expression of said narrative to be presented following presentation of a respective segment being currently presented.
     
    5. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
    presenting on said user interface a progress indicator indicating a relative place of a currently presented segment of said narrative in the plurality of successively presentable segments.
     
    6. The method of claim 1, further comprising:
    presenting said media availability indicator by selecting either the graphic representing the first segment or the graphic representing the second segment.
     
    7. The method of claim 6, further comprising:
    presenting said medium selector when said media availability indicator is presented.
     
    8. An apparatus (26) comprising means for performing the method of any of claims 1 to 7.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Verfahren zum Präsentieren einer Erzählung, die mehrere nacheinander präsentierbare Erzählsegmente umfasst, wobei die mehreren nacheinander präsentierbaren Erzählsegmente ein erstes Segment und ein zweites Segment umfassen, wobei das erste und das zweite Segment jeweils in mehreren Ausdrucksmedien präsentierbar sind, wobei das Verfahren umfasst:

    Präsentieren einer Benutzerschnittstelle für ein Computergerät (26), wobei die Benutzerschnittstelle umfasst:

    (i) einen Medienverfügbarkeitsindikator, der die Verfügbarkeit von mehreren Ausdrucksmedien zum Präsentieren sowohl des ersten als auch des zweiten Segments der Erzählung anzeigt;

    (ii) einen Medienselektor, der von einem Benutzer des Computergeräts (26) betätigt werden kann, um ein jeweiliges der mehreren Ausdrucksmedien auszuwählen, zum Präsentieren sowohl des ersten als auch des zweiten Segments der Erzählung;

    Empfangen einer Benutzerauswahl eines jeweiligen der mehreren Ausdrucksmedien für jedes der ersten und zweiten Segmente der Erzählung; und

    Präsentieren jedes der ersten und zweiten Segmente der Erzählung in ihrem jeweiligen vom Benutzer gewählten Ausdrucksmedium, wobei das Verfahren ferner umfasst:

    Präsentieren mehrerer Graphiken auf der Benutzerschnittstelle, wobei jede Graphik jeweils eines der mehreren Segmente der Erzählung repräsentiert; und

    im Anschluss an die Präsentation des ersten Segments der Erzählung, Anzeigen, in der Graphik, die das erste Segment repräsentiert, eines Hinweises auf das Medium, in dem das erste Segment präsentiert wurde, und im Anschluss an die Präsentation des zweiten Segments der Erzählung, Anzeigen, in der Graphik, die das zweite Segment repräsentiert, eines Hinweises auf das Medium, in dem das zweite Segment präsentiert wurde.


     
    2. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Präsentieren jedes der ersten und zweiten Segmente der Erzählung in ihrem jeweiligen vom Benutzer gewählten Ausdrucksmedium umfasst:
    Ersetzen des ersten und zweiten Segments durch jeweils ein Segment aus einer Folge von Segmenten eines jeweils anderen Ausdrucksmediums der Erzählung.
     
    3. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2, wobei das Ersetzen des ersten und zweiten Segments durch jeweils ein Segment aus einer Folge von Segmenten eines jeweils anderen Ausdrucksmediums der Erzählung umfasst:
    Ersetzen jedes der ersten und zweiten Segmente durch ein jeweils aktuell präsentiertes Segment des jeweils anderen Ausdrucksmediums der Erzählung.
     
    4. Verfahren nach Anspruch 2, wobei das Ersetzen des ersten und zweiten Segments durch jeweils ein Segment aus einer Folge von Segmenten eines jeweils anderen Ausdrucksmediums der Erzählung umfasst:
    Ersetzen jedes der ersten und zweiten Segmente durch ein jeweiliges Segment des jeweiligen anderen Ausdrucksmediums der Erzählung, das nach der Präsentation eines jeweiligen aktuell präsentierten Segments präsentiert werden soll.
     
    5. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:
    Präsentieren, auf der Benutzerschnittstelle, eines Fortschrittsindikators, der einen relativen Platz eines aktuell präsentierten Segments der Erzählung in den mehreren nacheinander präsentierbaren Segmenten anzeigt.
     
    6. Verfahren nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend:
    Präsentieren des Medienverfügbarkeitsindikators durch Auswählen entweder der Graphik, die das erste Segment repräsentiert, oder der Graphik, die das zweite Segment repräsentiert.
     
    7. Verfahren nach Anspruch 6, ferner umfassend:
    Präsentieren des Medienselektors, wenn der Medienverfügbarkeitsindikator präsentiert wird.
     
    8. Vorrichtung (26), umfassend Mittel zum Durchführen des Verfahrens nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7.
     


    Revendications

    1. Procédé de présentation d'une narration comprenant une pluralité de segments narratifs successivement présentables, la pluralité de segments narratifs successivement présentables comprenant un premier segment et un second segment, les premier et second segments étant chacun présentables dans plusieurs supports d'expression, le procédé comprenant :

    la présentation d'une interface utilisateur destinée à un dispositif informatique (26), ladite interface utilisateur comprenant :

    (i) un indicateur de disponibilité des supports indiquant la disponibilité de plusieurs supports d'expression destinés à présenter chacun des premier et second segments de ladite narration ;

    (ii) un sélecteur de support pouvant être actionné par un utilisateur dudit dispositif informatique (26) pour sélectionner un segment respectif desdits plusieurs supports d'expression destinés à présenter chacun des premier et second segments de ladite narration ;

    la réception d'une sélection par l'utilisateur d'un des supports d'expression respectifs destinés à chacun des premier et second segments de ladite narration : et

    la présentation de chacun des premier et second segments de ladite narration dans leur support d'expression sélectionné par l'utilisateur respectif, dans lequel le procédé comprend en outre :

    la présentation sur ladite interface utilisateur de plusieurs graphiques, chaque graphique représentant l'un respectif desdits plusieurs segments de ladite narration : et

    après la présentation du premier segment de ladite narration, l'affichage dans le graphique représentant le premier segment d'une indication du support dans lequel le premier segment a été présenté, et après la présentation du second segment de ladite narration, l'affichage dans le graphique représentant le second segment d'une indication du support dans lequel le second segment a été présenté.


     
    2. Procédé selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la présentation de chacun des premier et second segments de ladite narration dans leur support d'expression sélectionné par l'utilisateur respectif comprend :
    la substitution de chacun des premier et second segments destinés à un segment respectif d'une succession de segments d'un autre support d'expression respectif de ladite narration.
     
    3. Procédé selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la substitution de chacun des premier et second segments destinés à un segment respectif d'une succession de segments d'un autre support d'expression respectif de ladite narration comprend :
    la substitution de chacun des premier et second segments destinés à un segment respectif actuellement présenté dudit autre support d'expression respectif de ladite narration.
     
    4. Procédé selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la substitution de chacun des premier et second segments destinés à un segment respectif d'une succession de segments d'un autre support d'expression respectif de ladite narration comprend :
    la substitution de chacun des premier et second segments destinés à un segment respectif dudit autre support d'expression respectif de ladite narration devant être présentée après la présentation d'un segment respectif actuellement présenté.
     
    5. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :
    la présentation sur ladite interface utilisateur d'un indicateur de progression indiquant une place relative d'un segment actuellement présenté de ladite narration dans la pluralité de segments successivement présentables.
     
    6. Procédé selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :
    la présentation dudit indicateur de disponibilité des supports en sélectionnant soit le graphique représentant le premier segment soit le graphique représentant le second segment.
     
    7. Procédé selon la revendication 6, comprenant en outre :
    la présentation dudit sélecteur du support lorsque ledit indicateur de disponibilité des supports est présenté.
     
    8. Appareil (26) comprenant un moyen destiné à réaliser le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7.
     




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