The ActiveWords Vision
The ActiveWords vision is to empower people by applying
ActiveWords across all computing environments and
platforms. People will get the results they want from all devices by selecting, entering, or speaking the
words they associate with their desired results. This
interface is consistent across all devices and integrates
seamlessly with all other user interface elements.
If you want a stock quote for IBM; just enter the word ibm
on your smart phone, tablet, desktop PC, or other
networked device. You are immediately presented with the
quote along with other links pertaining to IBM. You may
define the response you want for a given word in advance,
as well as receive choices related to your intent based on
enterprise specific terminology, alternative meanings,
context, and your historical behavior patterns. Your words
give you instant access to what you want, when you want
it, consistently personalized to your needs, on any
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Significant parts of this interface vision are already in place. These include:
- Universal "Smart
Tags". With ActiveWords words and phrases
become a direct connection to meaning and content in all
contexts and across all computing devices.
Personalized "bookmarks" using selected or entered text.
enabling users to name and directly access all their
favorite places from any context at any time.
Reference services using selected text. ActiveWords
may be configured to provide such reference services
using the Knowledge
Access application, as well as permit personalization of
Personalized "semantic user interface" using selected or
entered text. Users can define sets of word/action
associations that encompass virtually all their
computer interactions, including all types of
navigation, text generation, and commands. ActiveWords
PLUS provides the range of features needed
to implement a complete personalized user interface
using ActiveWords technology, inlcuding the ability to
organize actions into "groups" that have
their own ActiveWords and the ability to share
selected ActiveWords with others.
Vertical content access using selected or entered text.
Enterprises can pre-define word/action associations
meaningful within the context of their culture and
discipline, allowing people to directly access a wealth
of Enterprise specific content without "having to
know where it is." Every part number can be the
access point for technical, marketing, sales, and
financial information about that part. Every employee
and customer name can be the access point for contact
information. These applications may be implemented
today using software available from ActiveWord
Systems, Inc. The ActiveWords Outlook
Agent, a feature
PLUS, demonstrates the power of this idea
by automatically creating ActiveWords from every
First, Last, and Company name in your Outlook
The Case for ActiveWords
Overcoming limitations of the GUI.
The Graphic User Interface has become the standard means
of interacting with computers. The GUI forces us to stop,
think, and react within its visual boundaries. While
making computing accessible to almost everyone, the GUI is
severely limited by screen real estate, icon design, and
the rigidity of hierarchical window and menu structures. The
ActiveWords Semantic User Interface adds a
practical new interface dimension leveraging our existing
vocabulary and name awareness while integrating seamlessly
with the GUI.
Personal vocabulary and name awareness are
not structured hierarchically. They are spontaneous and
free form. ActiveWords enables these natural processes.
One moment we want to know the weather,
the next moment we want to check our schedule
the next moment we want to call
someone whose name
appears in a document.
ActiveWords removes the GUI
middleman and enables spontaneous and direct access to
what is desired.
Least effort path to results.
ActiveWords provides the least effort path to desired
results. This is especially important in navigating all
forms of networked handheld devices where limitations of
hierarchical menus and windows on small screens are
proving significant limitations to user adoption and
frequency of use.
Privacy attribute for voice interfaces.
As technology moves us toward practical voice interfaces
ActiveWords will provide the element of privacy currently
lacking in such designs. When you are in the habit of
telling your computer to "get me a stock quote for
Microsoft" you will also be able to obtain that
information by selecting or entering the word Microsoft
when you are in a meeting, a public place, or a noisy
The ActiveWords interface dimension can take into account
a broad range of user intent; connecting words to general
interest associations, vertically focused associations,
and personal associations. For example, a marketing
employee at microprocessor manufacturer might trigger the
ActiveWord "i7" and immediately receive a
response that includes a general association (Home Page
for Intel), a vertical association (i7
competitive analysis and marketing plan), and a personally
defined association (for example, upcoming trade shows where Intel is
scheduled to participate). These links may be web pages or
documents on the enterprise network. Further expanding on
this "charm box" element of ActiveWords,
services can monitor both historical user behavior and/or
context to customize and refine the responses to any given
Unified interface across devices.
ActiveWords can be universally applied to computing
devices creating the first unified user interface that
responds to personal needs. Every computing device has
the ability to select and/or enter words. ActiveWords
word/action associations maintained in personalized
Internet databases will enable users to directly access
what they want from any network connected intelligent
device just by triggering their words. The same words
deliver the same results on our PC, laptop, tablet, smart phone,
or Internet connected refrigerator; offering a truly
unified, personalized interface with a zero learning