Ex parte ASHBY et al. - Page 8

          Appeal No. 96-0308                                                          
          Application No. 07/854,192                                                  

          and reusing it for another one.  Lacking such a rationale in the            
          prior art, we will not sustain this rejection.                              
          Claim 22                                                                    
               Claim 22 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102 as                      
          anticipated by Dittakavi.                                                   
               Claim 22 calls for (1) a bar code label; (2) a voice                   
          recorder capable of recording a vocal message as voice input into           
          a storage device corresponding to the bar code label; and (3)               
          retrieving means capable of reproducibly retrieving the message             
          and operable to reproduce and vocalize the recorded vocal                   
               Dittakavi discloses a synthetic speech system that decodes             
          an input bar code and consults a look up table to retrieve frames           
          of associated digital information.  Dittakavi’s look up table               
          contains synthetic speech codes such as allophones that may each            
          correspond to one letter of the alphabet.  The frames are fed to            
          a synthesizer which creates audible material from the digital               
          information.  Column 3, lines 6-36.  For example, Figure 1 shows            
          a book that has bar codes under the written text.  The                      
          synthesizing apparatus reads the bar codes and synthesizes the              
          sounds of each word in the text.                                            


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