Centrifugal communication and collaboration method

  • US 6,161,149 A
  • Filed: 03/13/1998
  • Issued: 12/12/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/13/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for communicating information among members of a distributed discussion group comprising:

  • for each group member, a peripheral device capable of transmitting and receiving information; and

    a central agent comprising;

    two-way links to the peripheral devices capable of receiving and transmitting information,a notice generator,a notice sender, anda central storage medium able to store information inputs from members,the central storage medium storing a first information input from an inputting member directed to at least one receiving member;

    the notice generator, responsive to said first information input, being able to generate a notice selectively for the at least one receiving member and to push the notice to the notice sender, the notice comprising a channel to a memory location of said first information input in the central storage medium; and

    the notice sender, responsive to the notice pushed from the notice generator, being able to send the notice selectively to the peripheral devices of the receiving member;

    whereby the receiving member can access said first information input directly using the channel in the pushed notice;

    the central storage medium being further able to store a second information input from a member in response to said first information input and associate it with said first information input while subsequently retaining said first information input;

    the notice generator, responsive to said second information input, being able to generate a second notice selectively directed to at least one other member of said discussion group, which at least one other member may or may not include said inputting member, the second notice comprising a channel to a memory location of said second information input in the central storage medium, and said second notice being pushed to said notice sender;

    said notice sender, responsive to said second notice being pushed, being capable of sending said second notice to the peripheral devices of the at least one member to whom the second notice is selectively directed; and

    the central storage medium being further able to store a third information input from a member in response to said second information input and associate it with said first and second information inputs while subsequently retaining said first and second information inputs.

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