(54) INFORMATION REPRODUCING SYSTEM CAPABLE OF MANUALLY READING AN OPTICALLY READABLE CODE AND REPEATEDLY REPRODUCING VOICE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE CODE
(75) Inventors: Tatsuo Nagasaki, Yokohama;
Hiroyoshi Fujimori, Hachiouji;
Takeshi Mori, Machida; Shinzo
Matsui, Sagamihara; Yoshikazu
Akamine, Hachiouji; Seiichi
Wakamatsu, Hachiouji; Kazuhiko
Morita, Hachiouji, all of (JP)
(73) Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., Tokyo (JP)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/488,244
(22) Filed: Jan. 20, 2000
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Continuation of application No. 09/137,291, filed on Aug. 20, 1998, now Pat. No. 6,058,498, which is a division of application No. 08/407,018, filed as application No. PCT/ JP93/01377 on Sep. 28, 1993, now Pat. No. 5,896,403.
(30) Foreign Application Priority Data
Sep. 28, 1992 (JP) 4-258262
(51) Int. CI.7 H03M 13/00
(52) U.S. CI 714/752; 369/14
(58) Field of Search 369/64, 97, 14,
369/112, 275.1; 360/744; 714/752
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Primary Examiner—David Ton
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC.
A long time optical recording and repeated reproduction of multimedia information is possible. Using a printer system or printing process system, on a recording medium such as a sheet, the so-called multimedia information in the form of dot codes (36) together with images (32) and characters (34) is recorded. The multimedia information includes audio information such as voices, image information obtainable from a camera and others, and digitally coded data obtainable from a personal computer and other. A pen-like information reproducing device (40) is manually moved to scan the dot codes (36) and to take in the dot codes. The original sound is generated by a voice output device (42) such as an earphone, the original image information is outputted on a display such as a CRT, and the digitally coded original data to a page printer or the like.