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
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.
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
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 email@example.com.