Patent Number: 6,310,940

Title: Personal computer interactive phone system

Abstract: A telephone system for providing advanced telephony includes a first phone system adapter and a phone system controller. The first phone system adapter is coupled between a first telephone handset and a telephone line. Furthermore, the first phone system adapter is operable to (i) selectively couple the first telephone handset to the telephone line, (ii) receive an oral command from the first telephone handset when the first telephone handset is decoupled from the telephone line, and (iii) transmit the oral command to the phone system controller via the telephone line while the first telephone handset is decoupled from the telephone line. The phone system controller is coupled to the telephone line. Moreover, the phone system controller includes a personal computer system having an interactive phone system board and a computer readable medium. The computer readable medium includes programs that configure the personal computer system and the interactive phone system board to (i) receive the oral commands via the telephone line, and (ii) execute the oral command.

Inventors: Ratz; Roger W. (Naperville, IL)

Assignee: NCR Corporation

International Classification: H04M 1/27 (20060101); H04M 1/72 (20060101); H04M 1/723 (20060101); H04M 1/65 (20060101); H04M 1/57 (20060101); H04M 1/64 (20060101); H04M 001/64 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018