REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Conversay, a global leader in speech technology solutions for both mobile and traditional Internet access devices, announced its speech recognition technology will be licensed to a Linux PDA being developed by Language Bank and Shin Information Systems (SHINS), both of Seoul, South Korea. The PDA is targeted to Koreans learning to speak and pronounce English -- the device will accurately recognize and execute commands when spoken with North American English pronunciation. "We are proud to work with SHINS and Language Bank on such an innovative use of speech technology," said Matt Scheuing, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Conversay. "Enabling educational applications is just one more example of how speech technology can change the way people interact with computers." Shin Information Systems is the designer and integrator of the system, which runs on the Linux platform, and also developed the language application software that employs Conversay speech technology. Language Bank developed the educational content for the application. "As the leader in language instruction we believe that the most effective way to learn language pronunciation is to work with a computer that recognizes the specific sounds understood to be 'correct' pronunciation," said Jaehwan Lee, president of Language Bank. "Our PDA provides for this in a very friendly and easy-to-use way. At the same time, the Conversay speech engine ensures precision in pronunciation recognition." Terms of the licensing agreement with Conversay were not released. The device is expected to reach the market in March 2001. About Shin Information Systems Shin Information Systems Co. is a Korean venture company specializing in system integration and solution development for multimedia and Internet, video processing, CTI, speech recognition/TTS, and embedded systems. As a business partner of Samsung SDS, SHINS has accumulated know-how in developing speech applications by using Samsung's "Magic Voice" speech recognition and TTS engine. SHINS is currently commercializing its speech solutions such as "E-Mail Reader by Voice," "ASR system," "Stock Quotation System by Voice," and "Internet TTS Message Board." SHINS also finishes the development of video image processing and recognition solutions for security. SHINS is currently working with Korean domestic phone service carriers to launch its patented Internet phone project called "EmFone." About Language Bank Language Bank, based in Seoul, is the Korean leader in education content materials for English, Japanese and Chinese language instruction. Its patented and award-winning Automatic Memory Tapes (AMT) system is the largest-selling language instruction system in Korea, also with sales and support offices in North America. Language Bank also operates the Sori English Language Academy in Korea. About Conversay Founded in 1994, Conversay provides solutions that enable voice interaction with networked information, including the Internet, when other interfaces are difficult or impossible. Built on an innovative speech engine, Conversay(R) technology is speaker-independent, modular, scalable and accommodates unlimited vocabulary, making it ideally suited for embedded applications. It also drives award-winning products including a voice browser, desktop and web developer tools, and a conversational server. With headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Conversay is located on the web at www.conversay.com. NOTE: Conversay is a trademark of Conversational Computing Corp. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. CONTACT: Steve Birge of Conversay, 425-636-0709, or firstname.lastname@example.org.