Conversay Speech Engine Drives Learning Applications on Linux PDA

Shin Information Systems, Language Bank Device to Help Students

With English Pronunciation

Jan 17, 2001, 00:00 ET from Conversay

    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
     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

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