08041025 is referenced by 25 patents and cites 29 patents.

Methods and arrangements for controlling modes of audio devices according to user selectable features are disclosed. The system can receive a user selection for an alternate mode for audio device. A monitor can monitor audio levels in a physical area and the system can automatically switch an audio device from a current mode to the alternate mode when the monitored audio level exceeds a predetermined threshold. The alternate mode can provide a higher audio level or volume than the current mode. The alternate mode can also be a closed caption mode, a record mode, and a transcript mode to name a few. Thus, when the ambient sound level reaches a predetermined level many audio devices can change modes based on user configured instructions.

Title
Systems and arrangements for controlling modes of audio devices based on user selectable parameters
Application Number
11/462900
Publication Number
8041025 (B2)
Application Date
August 7, 2006
Publication Date
October 18, 2011
Inventor
Jennifer Martin
Chicago
IL, US
Blaine H Dolph
Western Springs
IL, US
Agent
Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P C
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
H04M 1/00
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