Audio user interface for computing devices

  • US 7,779,357 B2
  • Filed: 04/09/2007
  • Issued: 08/17/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/04/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A hand-held electronic device comprising:

  • a media database that stores media content;

    a display device that is capable of visually displaying a user interface that enables a user to interact with the hand-held electronic device, the user interface presenting at least one menu, the at least one menu having a plurality of menu items;

    a user input device capable of receiving a user input pertaining to a selection of at least one of the menu items in the at least one menu;

    a memory, wherein the memory stores media files, each media file having an audio tag containing a pointer to an associated audio cue;

    a user interface control module that, in response to the user input pertaining to a selection of the at least one menu item in the at least one menu receives a manually entered text string corresponding to the at least one menu item, wherein the manually entered text string does not replace a text string currently stored on the hand-held electronic device, and causes the manually entered text string to be passed to a host computer, wherein the host computer converts the manually entered text string to a corresponding audio cue and passes the corresponding audio cue back to the hand-held electronic device.

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