Instruction presentation apparatus

  • US 6,750,884 B1
  • Filed: 10/26/1999
  • Issued: 06/15/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/26/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An instruction presentation apparatus for presenting instructional information to a user of at least one machine, said apparatus comprising:

  • a display;

    a processor system for controlling display of text and graphical information on said display, said computer system being adapted to receive a user-initiated command causing change in an output by said display;

    a first instruction screen display for display by said display comprising simultaneously displayed text and correlated graphical information, said text information of said first instruction screen display including text describing a first act to be performed on said machine, said correlated graphical information including at least a graphical depiction of said machine; and

    a second instruction screen display for display by said display also comprising simultaneously displayed text and correlated graphical information, said text information of said second instruction screen display describing a second act to be performed on said machine, wherein text of said second instruction screen display includes at least one distinguishing feature relative to text of said first instruction screen display, said correlated graphical information of said second instruction screen display including a graphical depiction of said machine, wherein graphics of said second instruction screen display include at least one distinguishing feature relative to graphics of said first instruction screen display, wherein said text information of said first instruction screen display and said second instruction screen display describe successive steps of a process to be performed relative to said machine wherein said processor system changes an output of said display from said first instruction screen display to said second instruction screen display in response to receipt by said at least one processor system of a command to change an output of said display from said first instruction screen display to said second instruction screen display, and wherein said graphical information of at least one of said instruction screen displays includes a highlight indicia indicating an area on said machine to be acted on during execution of an act described in said text information associated with said graphical information of said at least one of said instruction screen displays, and wherein said highlight indicia is selected from the group consisting of a specific area of a machine depiction being displayed in a flashing graphic, a specific area of said machine depiction being displayed in a different color than other areas of said machine depiction, and a specific area of said machine depiction being displayed in a different grey scale than other areas of said machine depiction.

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