July 22, 2002 – Voiceware Co., Ltd. today announced a licensing agreement with InternetSpeech, Inc. to integrate their award-winning Voiceware TTS, VoiceText, into InternetSpeech’s netECHO™ product. netECHO™ will use VoiceText to provide customers with access to any web site via any phone without a computer.
Using Voiceware’s human sounding TTS technology, netECHO™ will enable users to surf the entire Web and manage their Web-based e-mail, all with simple voice commands. netECHO™ also offers voice portal capabilities, giving subscribers access to information, such as stock quotes, news, weather, directions, horoscopes, etc. Requested information is read out loud without the graphics. Future versions will also feature v-commerce, and language translation capabilities.
InternetSpeech also acquired the rights to resell VoiceText software development kits (SDKs) and license VoiceText to other developers in prescribed territories, including the United States.
Voiceware VoiceText supports an American English female voice, “Kate,” and an American male voice, “Paul.” Chinese language TTS will be released in August.
Jeff Griffin, VP of Sales and Marketing for InternetSpeech, said, “We were immediately impressed by the breakthrough VoiceText presented. TTS of this quality has a very positive effect on the quality of netECHO, since the TTS voice is a large part of the netECHO user experience.“
Jong-Kwan Baek, CEO of Voiceware, said, “We expect InternetSpeech would be successfully provide out TTS with lots of experiences of building voice applications.”
InternetSpeech, the leader in Voice Internet, develops and markets netECHO®:, the only software available that provides businesses and consumers complete anytime, anywhere voice-based telephone access to the Internet. The company's patent-pending technology can be bundled with other products, such as traditional computer-based Internet access or voice mail, and can be customized to meet individual business needs, such as employee access to Intranet sites. InternetSpeech also offers business software that automates the process of voice-enabling a company's Web site and applications in any language, furthering the development of a globally connected voice Internet. InternetSpeech, a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, Calif., launched netECHO in November 2000. For more information about InternetSpeech, visit www.InternetSpeech.com, or call 1-877-312-4638.
About Voiceware Co., Ltd.(www.voiceware.co.kr)
Voiceware is the leading speech technology provider that develops and markets a speech interface for network and telephony solutions, embedded devices and PC applications. Voiceware is offering VoiceText™, high quality text-to-speech technology, VoiceEz™, natural speech recognition technology and VoiceCop™, speaker verification technology to many leading companies and public offices like Microsoft, IBM, Hyundai Motor, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, SK Securities, Asiana Airlines, HeyAnita Korea, Korea Meteorological Administration and the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs. Voiceware is headquartered in Seoul, Korea and has US office in San Jose, CA. For additional information, visit www.voiceware.co.kr or send e-mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org