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Subject: Re: A rather interesting patent from Apple

Re: A rather interesting patent from Apple

From: Dave Chapman <>
Date: Fri, 05 May 2006 10:54:30 +0100

Linus Nielsen Feltzing wrote:
> John Bauman wrote:
>> Here's a new patent that Apple just received that I think people here
>> (especially blind users) might find interesting:
> It's especially interesting, since Rockbox implemented Voice UI in early
> 2004, while the patent was filed in september 2004.
> Perhaps even more amusing is that the Rockbox voice UI works on iPod
> even before Apple. :-)

Yes, but Apple also filed another patent in July 2003 (before Rockbox's
implementation) for a general Voice UI (i.e. voiced menu entries):

This is mentioned in paragaph [0001] of the above patent application -
that original patent is here:

So whilst I'm sure prior art exists, Rockbox doesn't predate the initial
patent application, just the extension to pre-generate voice clips based
on filenames/tags.

Received on 2006-05-05

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