Newscanner Signs Content Distribution Agreement With CNET Networks, Inc.

Newscanner Eyeball(TM): First LED Display to Offer CNET News Headlines



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Newscanner

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Newscanner, a creator and marketer
 of advanced electronic information and security products, today announced an
 agreement with CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET), the global source of
 technology and commerce-related information, data, exchanges and services,
 under which CNET will deliver its comprehensive, up-to-the minute technology
 news and information to "Eyeball," Newscanner's networked information display
 units. The Eyeball is the first self-contained LED moving-message ball that
 projects information -- ticker-tape style -- at a full 360-degrees, allowing
 users to read information from any direction, unlike traditional flat screen
 signs.
     Under the terms of the agreement, Newscanner will immediately begin
 offering CNET's award-winning technology news and information to its customers
 for a small monthly fee. The content includes CNET story headlines for
 technology, consumer, product and financial information and market updates.
     "The Eyeball gives news and information sources like CNET a completely new
 distribution channel," said Norman Geppert, CEO of Newscanner. "Imagine a
 communications tool flexible enough to sell product, announce store specials
 or control the flow of traffic, and in between, offer the day's breaking
 headlines from major news sources like CNET. The Eyeball is designed to
 improve the total information display experience and we expect it to become an
 essential part of how people receive news and information."
 
     A Superior Visual Approach
     The Eyeball is ideal for any organization with the need for timely
 delivery of information. Retail stores, entertainment venues, transportation
 terminals, sports arenas and other public venues are able to remote display
 information including company news, global news feeds and tailored advertising
 to consumers, with 360-degree visibility. Sound paging can be added to attract
 attention before displaying messages.
     Through Newscanner's patent-pending "light-pipe" technology, the
 transmission of data, messages and news feeds of up to 4000 3-inch characters,
 the equivalent of approximately 750 words, can be changed or updated -- by PC,
 the Internet or from the Eyeball wireless infrared keyboard -- almost
 instantly.
     Specifically written software supplied with the unit for the host PC
 enables the user to build a library of messages that can be sent to any unit
 at pre-selected times for a specified duration. Up to 100 units can be
 connected to a single host PC and are able to display the same message or show
 different messages to fit the users requirements.
 
     Eyeball Products
 
     -- Standard Eyeball Unit -- A stand-alone unit, complete with wireless
        (InfraRed) keyboard, variable speed display and a built-in operating
        system allowing PC connectivity. Messages can be stored for timed
        display or controlled from a PC.
     -- Network Unit -- Specially designed to meet larger multi-unit networked
        system needs. Controlled by either a dedicated PC or the Smart
        Keyboard, the Network unit can be placed as far as 3000' apart.
     -- Camera -- Optional CCTV high-resolution video cameras, designed
        exclusively for use in The Eyeball, can be enclosed in the Eyeball unit
        and is designed to provide surveillance for crime deterrence and
        observe crowd flows in congested areas. If a problem arises, The
        Eyeball can send coded messages for the deployment of security
        personnel to problem areas.
 
     About CNET Networks, Inc.
     CNET Networks, Inc. is the global source of technology and
 commerce-related information, data, exchanges and services. As a top 10
 Internet company with established Web sites in 25 countries and 16 languages,
 CNET Networks connects buyers, sellers and suppliers throughout the IT supply
 chain with award-winning content via the Web, wireless devices, television,
 radio and print. Its respected brand portfolio includes CNET, ZDNet, mySimon,
 News.com, Computer Shopper magazine and CNET Radio, as well as CNET Channel
 Services, including CNET Data Services, CNET Media Services and ChannelOnline.
 The company's vision is to educate and empower people and businesses by
 unlocking the potential of the technology world to make things easier and
 faster, and by helping them to make smarter buying decisions.
 
     About Newscanner
     Newscanner, creator and marketer of advanced electronic information and
 security products, has introduced a new paradigm in display technology capable
 of communicating and recording information in 360 degrees. The Eyeball can be
 used to sell products, announce store specials, stream live news and sports
 feeds, provide security or control the flow of traffic in public places. The
 new patent-pending "light-pipe" technology powers the two-way communications
 tool to transmit data, messages, and news feeds from The Eyeball's wireless
 "smart" infrared keyboard instantly, and can also capture live activity from
 the built-in optional camera. Founded in 1975, Newscanner is privately held
 and headquartered in San Francisco, California. Please visit
 http://www.newscanner.net for further information, or contact Marie Clark or
 Victoria De Alba of Alchemy Communications at 415-252-7506.
 
 

SOURCE Newscanner
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Newscanner, a creator and marketer
 of advanced electronic information and security products, today announced an
 agreement with CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET), the global source of
 technology and commerce-related information, data, exchanges and services,
 under which CNET will deliver its comprehensive, up-to-the minute technology
 news and information to "Eyeball," Newscanner's networked information display
 units. The Eyeball is the first self-contained LED moving-message ball that
 projects information -- ticker-tape style -- at a full 360-degrees, allowing
 users to read information from any direction, unlike traditional flat screen
 signs.
     Under the terms of the agreement, Newscanner will immediately begin
 offering CNET's award-winning technology news and information to its customers
 for a small monthly fee. The content includes CNET story headlines for
 technology, consumer, product and financial information and market updates.
     "The Eyeball gives news and information sources like CNET a completely new
 distribution channel," said Norman Geppert, CEO of Newscanner. "Imagine a
 communications tool flexible enough to sell product, announce store specials
 or control the flow of traffic, and in between, offer the day's breaking
 headlines from major news sources like CNET. The Eyeball is designed to
 improve the total information display experience and we expect it to become an
 essential part of how people receive news and information."
 
     A Superior Visual Approach
     The Eyeball is ideal for any organization with the need for timely
 delivery of information. Retail stores, entertainment venues, transportation
 terminals, sports arenas and other public venues are able to remote display
 information including company news, global news feeds and tailored advertising
 to consumers, with 360-degree visibility. Sound paging can be added to attract
 attention before displaying messages.
     Through Newscanner's patent-pending "light-pipe" technology, the
 transmission of data, messages and news feeds of up to 4000 3-inch characters,
 the equivalent of approximately 750 words, can be changed or updated -- by PC,
 the Internet or from the Eyeball wireless infrared keyboard -- almost
 instantly.
     Specifically written software supplied with the unit for the host PC
 enables the user to build a library of messages that can be sent to any unit
 at pre-selected times for a specified duration. Up to 100 units can be
 connected to a single host PC and are able to display the same message or show
 different messages to fit the users requirements.
 
     Eyeball Products
 
     -- Standard Eyeball Unit -- A stand-alone unit, complete with wireless
        (InfraRed) keyboard, variable speed display and a built-in operating
        system allowing PC connectivity. Messages can be stored for timed
        display or controlled from a PC.
     -- Network Unit -- Specially designed to meet larger multi-unit networked
        system needs. Controlled by either a dedicated PC or the Smart
        Keyboard, the Network unit can be placed as far as 3000' apart.
     -- Camera -- Optional CCTV high-resolution video cameras, designed
        exclusively for use in The Eyeball, can be enclosed in the Eyeball unit
        and is designed to provide surveillance for crime deterrence and
        observe crowd flows in congested areas. If a problem arises, The
        Eyeball can send coded messages for the deployment of security
        personnel to problem areas.
 
     About CNET Networks, Inc.
     CNET Networks, Inc. is the global source of technology and
 commerce-related information, data, exchanges and services. As a top 10
 Internet company with established Web sites in 25 countries and 16 languages,
 CNET Networks connects buyers, sellers and suppliers throughout the IT supply
 chain with award-winning content via the Web, wireless devices, television,
 radio and print. Its respected brand portfolio includes CNET, ZDNet, mySimon,
 News.com, Computer Shopper magazine and CNET Radio, as well as CNET Channel
 Services, including CNET Data Services, CNET Media Services and ChannelOnline.
 The company's vision is to educate and empower people and businesses by
 unlocking the potential of the technology world to make things easier and
 faster, and by helping them to make smarter buying decisions.
 
     About Newscanner
     Newscanner, creator and marketer of advanced electronic information and
 security products, has introduced a new paradigm in display technology capable
 of communicating and recording information in 360 degrees. The Eyeball can be
 used to sell products, announce store specials, stream live news and sports
 feeds, provide security or control the flow of traffic in public places. The
 new patent-pending "light-pipe" technology powers the two-way communications
 tool to transmit data, messages, and news feeds from The Eyeball's wireless
 "smart" infrared keyboard instantly, and can also capture live activity from
 the built-in optional camera. Founded in 1975, Newscanner is privately held
 and headquartered in San Francisco, California. Please visit
 http://www.newscanner.net for further information, or contact Marie Clark or
 Victoria De Alba of Alchemy Communications at 415-252-7506.
 
 SOURCE  Newscanner