IBM Wants Patent On Conference Call Laugh Tracks

from the is-this-funny-to-you? dept

theodp writes "The first known use of a recorded laugh track is said to be in 1950, when the producers of the Hank McCune Show added canned laughter after the show's taping. Almost 60 years later, IBM says it deserves a patent for 'inventing' adding canned laughter to conference calls. 'A pre-selected stored sound (e.g., an interjection such as a laugh) may be generated if there is a period of silence on one of the telephone lines that exceeds a threshold,' explains Big Blue in its just-published patent application for Enlivening Conference Calls to Make Conference Calls More Interesting for Participants. Eureka!"
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Filed Under: conference calls, laugh track, patents
Companies: ibm


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  1. identicon
    The Baker, 17 Sep 2009 @ 5:41pm

    ... and for good measure the rest of your hopes & dreams as well.

    Sorry, GE beat you to it ... four years ago.
    They have lots of lawyers all in very nice suits.

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