KURZWEIL EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS SELECTS NEOSPEECH TTS TO POWER PREMIER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
KURZWEIL EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS SELECTS NEOSPEECH VOICETEXT™ TO POWER PREMIER ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY READING SOFTWARE
Natural Sounding Voices Make Reading Easier to Comprehend for The Blind and Visually Impaired
Fremont, CA - September 29, 2003 - NeoSpeech, a provider of speech technologies for hand-held, desktop and network applications, today announced that Kurzweil Educational Systems has selected NeoSpeech's Text-to-Speech product, VoiceText™, to power its Kurzweil 1000™ scanning and reading software. Kurzweil 1000 is the premier software for enabling the blind and visually impaired to scan printed text or access electronic text and then have the information read aloud to them through Text-to-Speech technology.
"Our goal is to make books, articles, bills, and even advertisements accessible, and make the reading experience enjoyable for people who are blind or who have limited vision," said Stephen Baum, Chief Technology Officer at Kurzweil Educational Systems. "Partnership with market leaders, such as NeoSpeech, enables us to stay focused on serving our customers and providing readers with the optimal choice of new features and functions that enhance their reading comprehension and enjoyment."
Kurzweil 1000 uses Optical Character Recognition and NeoSpeech's VoiceText technology, combined with a unique audible user interface, to convert text into speech. Users can choose from numerous reading voices, set the reading speed and pitch, skim, summarize, look up words using a built-in dictionary, create and edit new documents, check for spelling errors, set bookmarks and send files or excerpts through conventional e-mail applications. The product is designed to be easy to use for beginners, yet powerful and flexible enough for advanced users.
"We are delighted that Kurzweil Educational Systems has chosen NeoSpeech's VoiceText to provide realistic, customizable voice options for Kurzweil 1000," said Yoon Kim, CEO of NeoSpeech. "By utilizing clear, flexible and adjustable synthetic speech, people with visual impairments can take control of their reading experience - pausing, adjusting the speed and pitch of delivery, and even selecting the voice that reads aloud to them."
VoiceText generates natural-sounding voices from text input and offers the same Text-to-Speech solution across hand-held, desktop, laptop and network applications, while supporting a broad range of industry standard operating systems. Available in several languages, VoiceText can process any size or type of text, in applications ranging from telephone access to information or personal e-mail, to reading complete news stories, delivering the highest level of accuracy and quality.
NeoSpeech, Inc. is a leading provider of speech-enabled solutions based on a suite of best-of-breed core capabilities in speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, and voice animation. The company offers flexible, innovative products for the mobile, enterprise, entertainment and education markets. The privately-held company, headquartered in Fremont, California, is backed by Voiceware Co., Ltd. of Korea. Visit www.neospeech.com for more information on NeoSpeech products, solutions and services.
About Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.
Kurzweil Educational Systems, founded in 1996, is the industry leader and innovator of scanning, reading and writing solutions for people with learning disabilities, and people who are blind or visually impaired. Ray Kurzweil, a co-founder of the original company, invented computer-based reading machine technology 25 years ago to provide access to printed text for the blind. With a pioneering history in developing assistive technology, the company has received worldwide recognition for enabling people with disabilities to lead more independent lives through improved reading and writing abilities. For more company or product information, visit www.kurzweiledu.com.
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