Software-assisted attentiveness
January 31st, 2005
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On The Feature today, David Pescovitz describes innovative software designed to help the Mobile Many mediate a myriad of communication channels and devices.

“If you’re in the middle of a push-to-talk conversation and both parties become much more engaged, the system could suggest a transition from that tentative instant message-like mode into a traditional telephone connection,” Aoki says.

The users could tune their preferences so that the shift happens automatically, he says, or perhaps a key might illuminate to offer the option. That way, either party could decline the transition without forcing the participants to awkwardly announce their decisions or interrupt the conversation.

. . . . For example, Aoki explains, you may be chatting with a friend in push-to-talk mode. As he becomes emotional while filling you on his relationship troubles, push-to-talk falls short. The “uh-huhs” and other earnest cues that someone is truly listening to him are lost. Ideally, the push-to-talk mode would seamlessly shift into a full-duplex telephony channel.

On The Feature today, David Pescovitz describes innovative software designed to help the Mobile Many mediate a myriad of communication channels and devices. “If you’re in the middle of a push-to-talk conversation and both parties become much more engaged, the system could suggest a transition from that tentative instant message-like mode into a traditional telephone […]


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