Ubiquitous Audio: Capturing Spontaneous Collaboration

  • Hindus D
  • Schmandt C
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Abstract

Although talking is an integral part of collaborative
activity, there has been little computer support for
acquiring and accessing the contents of conversations.
Our approach has focused on ubiquitous audio, or the
unobtrusive capture of voice interactions in everyday
work environments. Because the words themselves are not
available for organizing the captured interactions,
structure is derived from acoustical information
inherent in the stored voice and augmented by user
interaction during or after capture. This paper
describes applications for capturing and structuring
audio from office discussions and telephone calls, and
mechanisms for later retrieval of these stored
interactions.

Author-supplied keywords

  • collaborative work
  • multimedia workstation software
  • semi-structured data
  • software telephony
  • stored voice
  • ubiquitous computing

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Authors

  • Debby Hindus

  • Chris Schmandt

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