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Publication numberCA2392872 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberCA 2392872
PCT numberPCT/AU2000/001442
Publication date7 Jun 2001
Filing date27 Nov 2000
Priority date1 Dec 1999
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Publication numberCA 2392872, CA 2392872 A1, CA 2392872A1, CA-A1-2392872, CA2392872 A1, CA2392872A1, PCT/2000/1442, PCT/AU/0/001442, PCT/AU/0/01442, PCT/AU/2000/001442, PCT/AU/2000/01442, PCT/AU0/001442, PCT/AU0/01442, PCT/AU0001442, PCT/AU001442, PCT/AU2000/001442, PCT/AU2000/01442, PCT/AU2000001442, PCT/AU200001442
InventorsPaul Lapstun, Simon Robert Walmsley, Jacqueline Anne Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
ApplicantSilverbrook Research Pty. Ltd., Paul Lapstun, Simon Robert Walmsley, Jacqueline Anne Lapstun, Kia Silverbrook
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: CIPO, Espacenet
Method and system for telephone control
CA 2392872 A1
Abstract
The invention concerns methods and systems for enabling telephones to be controlled through computer systems. Employing the invention involves the use of one or more control interfaces which are capable of being used to interact with a computer system or network, each interface comprising sheet material such as paper which has coded data printed on it and which allows it to be used to interact with the computer system by use of a sensing device operated by a user. Through this interaction, data from the control interface can be transmitted to the computer system to effect an operation relating to the functioning of the telephone. In this way, the computer system can invoke functions such as the making of outgoing calls, and the receiving and sending of text information such as short messages or retrieved telephone numbers.
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Claims(39)
1. A method of enabling at least one function of a telephone to be controlled, the telephone being operative to perform the at least one function in response to at least one command from a computer system, the method including the steps of:

providing a control interface containing information relating to the at least one function, the control interface including coded data indicative of an identity of the control interface and of at least one reference point of the control interface;

receiving, in the computer system, indicating data from a sensing device regarding the identity of the control interface and a position of the sensing device relative to the control interface, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the control interface, generating the indicating data using at least some of the coded data; and effecting, in the computer system and from the indicating data, at least one operation relating to the at least one command.
2. The method of claim 1 in which the at least one operation is associated with at least one zone of the control interface and in which the method includes effecting, in the computer system and from the zone relative to which the sensing device is located, the at least one operation.
3. The method of claim 2 which includes:

receiving, in the computer system, movement data regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the control interface, the sensing device, when moved relative to the control interface, generating the movement data using at least some of the coded data; and effecting, in the computer system and from the movement data indicating movement of the sensing device at least partially within said at least one zone, the at least one operation.
4. A method of enabling at least one function of a telephone to be controlled, the telephone being operative to perform the at least one function in response to at least one command from a computer system, the method including the steps of:

providing a control interface containing information relating to the at least one function, the control interface including coded data indicative of at least one operation relating to the at least one command;

receiving, in the computer system and from the sensing device, indicating data regarding the at least one operation and movement data regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the control interface, the sensing device, when moved relative to the control interface, generating the indicating data using at least some of the coded data and generating the movement data; and effecting, in the computer system and from the indicating data and the movement data, the at least one operation.
5. A method of enabling at least one function of a telephone to be controlled, the telephone being operative to perform the at least one function in response to at least one command from a computer system, the method including the steps of:

providing a user with a control interface containing information relating to the at least one function, the control interface including coded data indicative of at least one operation relating to the at least one command;

receiving, in the computer system, identity data from a sensing device regarding an identity of the user, the sensing device containing the identity data;

receiving, in the computer system, indicating data from the sensing device regarding the at least one operation, the sensing device, when placed in an operative position relative to the control interface, generating the indicating data using at least some of the coded data; and effecting, in the computer system and from the identity data and the indicating data, at least one operation relating to the at least one command.
6. The method of claim 5 which includes receiving, in the computer system, movement data from the sensing device regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the control interface, the sensing device, when moved relative to the control interface, generating the movement data.
7. The method of any one of claims 1, 4 or 5 in which the at least one operation relating to the at least one command is selected from the group comprising:

selecting said telephone from a list of telephones;

selecting a telephone number from a list of telephone numbers;

registering user access to control the telephone; and authorising user access to control the telephone.
8. The method of any one of claims 1, 4 or 5 in which the at least one operation relating to the at least one command is selected from the group comprising:

issuing the at least one command to the telephone to cause the telephone to perform the at least one function; and issuing the at least one command to a telephone control system to cause the telephone to perform the at least one function, the telephone being operatively connected to the telephone control system.
9. The method of claim 8 in which the at least one function is selected from the group comprising:

dialling a pre-determined telephone number;

making an outgoing call to a pre-determined telephone number;

sending text information;

receiving an incoming call;

receiving and storing text information; and displaying text information on a display of said telephone.
10. The method of claim 8 in which the at least one command is issued through the sensing device.
11. The method of claim 8 in which the at least one command is issued independently of the sensing device.
12. The method of claim 8 in which the at least one command is issued through a wireless connection.
13. The method of claim 8 in which the at least one command is issued through a wired connection.
14. The method of any one of claims 1, 4 or 5, wherein the sensing device is embedded in the telephone.
15. The method of any one of claims 1, 4 or 5 which includes printing the control interface on demand.
16. The method of claim 15 which includes printing the control interface on a surface and, at the same time that the control interface is printed, printing the coded data on the surface.
17. The method of claim 16 which includes printing the coded data to be substantially invisible to the average unaided human eye.
18. The method of claim 1, 4, or 5 which includes retaining a retrievable record of each control interface generated, the control interface being retrievable using its identity as contained in its coded data.
19. The method of any one of claims 1, 4 or 5 which includes distributing a plurality of the control interfaces using a mixture of multicast and pointcast communications protocols.
20. The method of claim 1 or 4 in which the sensing device contains an identification means which imparts a unique identity to the sensing device and identifies it as being associated with a particular user and in which the method includes monitoring, in the computer system, said identity.
21. The method of any one of claims 1, 4 or 5 which includes providing all required information relating to the at least one function in the control interface to eliminate the need for a separate display device.
22. The method of any one of claims 1, 4 or 5 in which the control interface is printed on multiple pages and in which the method includes binding the pages.
23. A system for enabling at least one function of a telephone to be controlled, the telephone being operative to perform the at least one function in response to at least one command, the system including:

a control interface containing information relating to the at least one function, the control interface including coded data indicative of an identity of the control interface and of at least one reference point of the control interface; and a computer system operative to receive indicating data from a sensing device for effecting at least one operation relating to the at least one command, the indicating data being indicative of the identity of the control interface and a position of the sensing device relative to the control interface, the sensing device generating the indicating data using at least some of the coded data.
24. The system of claim 23 in which the at least one operation relating to the at least one command is associated with at least one zone of the control interface.
25. The system of claim 23 which includes the sensing device, the sensing device generating, using at least some of the coded data, movement data indicative of its movement relative to the control interface.
26. A system for enabling at least one function of a telephone to be controlled, the telephone being operative to perform the at least one function in response to at least one command, the system including:

a control interface containing information relating to the at least one function, the control interface including coded data indicative of at least one operation relating to the at least one command; and a computer system operative to receive, from a sensing device, indicating data regarding said at least one operation and movement data regarding movement of the sensing device relative to the control interface, and for effecting, from the indicating data and the movement data, the at least one operation relating to the at least one command, the sensing device, when moved relative to the control interface, generating the indicating data using at least some of the coded data and generating the movement data.
27. A system for enabling at least one function of a telephone to be controlled, the telephone being operative to perform the at least one function in response to at least one command, the system including:
a control interface including coded data indicative of an identity of the control interface; and a computer system operative to receive, from a sensing device, identity data regarding an identity of a user and indicating data regarding the identity of the control interface, and for effecting, from the identity data and the indicating data, at least one operation relating to the at least one command, the sensing device containing the identity data and generating the indicating data using at least some of the coded data.
28. The system of claim 27 which includes the sensing device, the sensing device generating movement data indicative of its movement relative to the control interface.
29. The system of any one of claims 23, 26 or 27 in which the at least one operation relating to the at least one command is selected from the group comprising:

selecting said telephone from a list of telephones;

selecting a telephone number from a list of telephone numbers;

registering user access to control the telephone; and authorising user access to control the telephone.
30. The system of any one of claims 23, 26 or 27 in which the at least one operation relating to the at least one command is selected from the group comprising:

issuing the at least one command to the telephone to cause the telephone to perform the at least one function; and issuing the at least one command to a telephone control system to cause the telephone to perform the at least one function, the telephone being operatively connected to the telephone control system.
31. The system of claim 30 in which the at least one function is selected from the group comprising:

dialling a pre-determined telephone number;

making an outgoing call to a pre-determined telephone number;

sending text information;

receiving an incoming call; and receiving and storing text information; and displaying text information on a display of said telephone.
32. The system of claim 30 in which the computer is operative to issue the at least one command through the sensing device.
33. The system of claim 30 in which the computer is operative to issue the at least one command independently of the sensing device.
34. The system of any one of claims 23, 26 or 27 in which the sensing device is embedded in said telephone.
35. The system of claim 23 or 26 in which the sensing device contains identity data indicative of at least one identity of at least one user.
36. The system of any one of claims 23, 26 or 27 in which the control interface is printed on a surface and in which the system includes a printer for printing the control interface on demand.
37. The system of claim 35 in which the printer prints the coded data at the same time as printing the control interface on the surface.
38. The system of any one of claims 23, 26 or 27 in which the coded data is substantially invisible to an average unaided human eye.
39. The system of claim 23 or 26 which includes a database for keeping a retrievable record of each control interface generated, each control interface being retrievable using its identity as included in its coded data.

39. The system of claim 35 in which, to cater for a control interface printed on multiple pages, the printer includes a binding means for binding the pages.
Classifications
International ClassificationG06F17/40, H04N1/32, H04Q7/32, G06F17/30, G06K15/02, H04B7/26, G06F3/0354, G06F3/0488, G06F3/042, B41J29/38, H04N1/00, B41J21/16, H04N5/76, G06K17/00, G10K15/02, H04M1/2755, G06K19/06, H04M1/00, G06F3/01, H04M3/42, B41J3/42, B41J21/00, G10L19/00, G06F13/00, H04M1/725, G06F3/12, G06F3/03, H04Q9/00, G10L13/00, G06K7/10, H04M11/00, G06K7/00, H04Q7/38, H04M1/2745, B41J3/44, G08C19/00
Cooperative ClassificationG06F3/0321, H04M7/0015, H04N2201/3226, H04N2201/3274, G06Q50/22, G06Q20/401, Y10T428/187, H04N19/61, H04N19/60, Y10S707/99931, G06F1/1656, H04M1/27455, H04M2250/12, H04N21/422, H04N2201/0082, H04M1/2755, G06F2203/0384, H04N21/42203, H04N5/783, H04N2201/3264, H04N5/907, H04N2201/3269, H04N2201/3247, H04N21/41407, G06F3/0488, G06F3/03545, G06Q40/08, H04M1/72527, B41J3/445, H04N5/765, H04N1/32778, H04N7/163, H04M1/7253, H04N1/00307, G06F2200/1637, H04N1/32133, H04N1/00244, G06F2200/1614, H04N1/00326, G06F3/16, H04N1/00204, H04M1/72558, H04N1/00968, H04N5/76, H04N21/4223, H04N1/32122, H04N21/478, H04M3/42, G06Q40/00, H04M1/72561, G06F1/1626, H04N1/00392, G06F1/1688, H04N5/445, G06F1/1684
European ClassificationH04N1/00D2M, H04M3/42, H04N1/00C3, H04N1/32C15D, H04N1/00W2, H04N1/327F4M, H04N21/4223, H04N7/16E2, H04N21/414M, H04N21/422, H04N7/50, H04N1/00C7D, H04N7/30, H04N5/76, H04N21/422M, H04N1/00C3K, H04M7/00C2, H04N5/445, G06F3/0354N, G06Q40/00, G06Q40/08, H04M1/2745G, H04M1/725F1B, H04M1/725F1W, G06F3/03H3, H04N1/00C22, H04M1/2755, B41J3/44B, H04M1/725F1B1
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