Abstract: In order to implement alternative pathways and procedures for handling a separate set of software locks, an arrangement of circuits is described. These circuits allow for generating and handling specific requests for communal software locks without additional software development through pathways and procedures separate from ordinary lock handling operations. A side door communications pathway is set up to handle the communal locks separately from the ordinary data transfer pathways through which ordinary software locks get handled. Supporting and controller circuits handle the locking and unlocking process as well as communicating results of lock requests back to requesters.
Abstract: An audio-on-demand communication system provides real-time playback of audio data transferred via telephone lines or other communication links. One or more audio servers include memory banks which store compressed audio data. At the request of a user at a subscriber PC, an audio server transmits the compressed audio data over the communication link to the subscriber PC. The subscriber PC receives and decompresses the transmitted audio data in less than real-time using only the processing power of the CPU within the subscriber PC., According to one aspect of the present invention, high quality audio data compressed according to lossless compression techniques is transmitted together with normal quality audio data. According to another aspect of the present invention, metadata, or extra data, such as text, captions, still images, etc., is transmitted with audio data and is simultaneously displayed with corresponding audio data.
November 30, 1994
Date of Patent:
August 11, 1998
Robert D. Glaser, Mark O'Brien, Thomas B. Boutell, Randy Glen Goldberg