Patent Number: 7,738,637

Title: Interactive voice message retrieval

Abstract: A method for exchanging voice messages that may be employed in an answering machine, in wired or wireless telephone, or in an voice messaging system. An incoming voice message from a message source is received and recorded, parsed into segments, and the parsed message is played back to a listener, pausing between each of the parsed segments to accept and record a spoken response from the listener. A reply message is returned to the original message source that includes each such spoken response along with a snippet extracted from the particular segment responded to in the original message. The listener may also interrupt the playback of the voice message at any time to record a response.

Inventors: Schmandt; Christopher (Winchester, MA), Marmasse; Natalia (Cambridge, MA), Lakshmipathy; Vidya (San Mateo, CA)

Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

International Classification: H04M 1/64 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2022-06-15 0:00:00