|Digit-Eyes is an audio labeling system that records labels
using any sound source your phone can pick up.
Deborah is a Digit-Eyes user. She has loaded the
application on her cell phone, and she has printed a couple of
sheets of bar-coded labels, which she carries in her purse so
she can label items on the fly when she goes out.
Deborah has a nasty case of the coughs and
sniffles. She goes to the doctor, who tells her to get two
kinds of cough syrup from the pharmacy (one for night and one
for day), prescribes some antibiotics and authorizes a renewal
of her cholesterol medication since her routine appointment is
only a week away.
At the pharmacy, Deborah turns in her prescription.
Twenty minutes later, the pharmacist hands her two identical
pill bottles and two boxes of cough syrup that are the same size
How to know what is what?
- As the pharmacist prepares to give Deborah the usual
consumer information, Deborah explains that she wants to
make an audio label for her medications. She describes how
she will use the phone. The pharmacist is intrigued and
- Deborah reaches into her purse and
pulls out her labels and her phone. She sticks a label on
the bottom of the first pill bottle (not on the lid because tops could be interchanged), brings up Digit-Eyes, and
scans the label.
- Digit-Eyes reads the code on Deborah's label and checks to
see if there is already a message recorded for that code. If
there is, the message would play, but since there is no
other recording for this code, Digit-Eyes goes into input
mode, saying, "Tap twice to record".
- Deborah holds the phone up for the pharmacist, who
delivers the information about that particular medication to
both Deborah and the phone, describing the use of the
medicine, its dosage, and its expiration date.
- When the pharmacist is done, Deborah scans the label again
to make sure the recording is clear. She interrupts
the playback after the first few seconds.
- Deborah and the pharmacist repeat this process for the
second pill bottle and for both boxes of cough syrup.
Deborah goes home with the labeled medications. Since her
coughs and sniffles are pretty bad, she pulls both boxes of
cough syrup out of the bag. She also pulls her cell phone out of
her purse, brings Digit-Eyes up, points the phone to the
digit-Eyes label on the box, and discovers that it is indeed the
daytime formula. She takes the recommended dose, and then she
scans both pill bottles to find out which one has the
antibiotics and what time she should take it.
Deborah is feeling better already, and Digit-Eyes has done its