PMac + phoneline craziness

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by quidire, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. quidire macrumors 6502

    quidire

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    Hello all

    I was just thinking how neat it would be if I could have my computer act as an answering machine. Ideally:
    1) As a call came in, the computer would get its caller-id information.
    2) Using Text-to-Speech, the computer would read off a message
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/speech/
    3) It would potentially provide a menu of options, and react to inputs from touch-tone phones.
    4) It would record messages and encode them as MP3 files, and (optionally) place them on one's iDisk, so they could be retrieved from afar
    5) the messages would be processed by the Speech recognition software, and a transcript emailed to one's email account. (w/ mp3 attached?)
    6) certain tasks could be set up to be accessed by a PIN-authenticated menu
    7) sending SMS alerts as to a message would be fairly straight-forward
    8) playing back messages over the phone would take no more effort than the initial Text-to-Speech reading (would be inside authenticated menu)
    9) arbitrary numbers of voice mail boxes, special messages for certain phone numbers, etc would all seem to be pretty easy to set up.

    So obviously no one program or script that is currently available can do all of this. Can people vet this for things that a Mac simply cannot do?

    The big question of course is, can one play sound to the phone line via a modem? How can one do so?

    -RS
     
  2. quidire thread starter macrumors 6502

    quidire

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    PCs can do this

    It would appear there are several modems that have this ability.
    • Can the default modem that Apple sells do this?
    • How does one redirect certain programs' sound output to the modem?
    • How does one record sound from the modem?

    At least this idea is beginning to seem feasible. How cool would it be if one could call their home phone, and their computer might read off hte list of unread emails, IMs etc.

    "So and So emailed you to say 'I'm not going to be able to make it for another hour'" Invaluable, what!

    I welcome any and all comments...
    -RS
     
  3. quidire thread starter macrumors 6502

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