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Lets Users Talk to Web Sites, Listen to E-mail, Buy Online via Any Phone
Speech Recognition Technology Lets You Use the Internet
Without a Computer
JOSE, CA -- Nov. 1, 1999 -- Using the Internet soon will be as simple as picking
up a phone, thanks to a new service being developed by San Jose-based InternetSpeech.com
an audio Internet Service Provider.
known as netECHO, lets users get to the Internet to check e-mail, hear information
on any web site, search or perform e-commerce transactions, all through any phone.
Speech recognition technology lets users give simple voice commands like Yahoo,
or e-mail to get the Net-based information they want, when they want it, without
a computer. A computerized voice reads the information aloud over the phone.
lets people unleash the power of the Internet simply with the sound of their voice,
said Dr. Emdad Khan, IntenetSpeech.com president and CEO. netECHO makes it possible
for anyone -- people without a computer or away from a computer, mobile workers
or the visually impaired, for example -- to use the Internet anytime, anywhere.
They can e-mail, surf, search, or conduct e-commerce, anytime, anywhere, whether
they’re out on an appointment, stuck in traffic, sitting in an airport, or cooking
uses technology that integrates text-to-speech, speech recognition, telephone
interface, multi-media and Intelligent Agents. Patents are pending on InternetSpeech.com’s
other Internet access services being developed, netECHO does not require a phone
with a visual display screen, a special intelligent phone, or voice-enabled web
sites. Instead, subscribers to the service will be able to use any phone wired
or wireless -- to get to any website voice-enabled or not -- on the Internet.
The intelligence is in netECHO’s server.
an audio Internet Service Provider, offering true Internet access through a simple
telephone Dr. Khan said. Unlike other ISPs, we present the Web to you in audio
form, rather than the visual forms everyone else offers, so you can get the information
you want even when you do not have a computer.
dial a toll-free number to reach the netECHO server, and are asked to say a password
and log-on ID. From there, they’ll use simple voice commands to check for new
e-mail messages, surf, search or trade on the Web.
will read the important content of a web page, but not the distracting and annoying
ads or images that vie for attention, Khan said. When you hear an item which you
want more information about, you select it by voice and you’ll be taken to the
newly selected destination.
the service ‘netECHO’ because it goes to the Internet, retrieves the desired information,
and echoes it back, Dr. Khan said. The service will be available nationwide in
the first quarter 2000 for a flat monthly fee.
can be customized to meet the needs of the subscriber. For example, users can
bookmark their favorite pages, select a male or female reading voice, and define
the amount of information they want read at a time.
can also select a default home page, so someone interested in late-breaking news
might select CNN or MSNBC as their starting point. Customers who choose the InternetSpeech.com
home page as their default will find links to many popular websites, facilitating
easy and quick access to important information, including news, driving directions,
stock quotes and weather.
that can now be conducted over the Internet using a computer, such as product
purchases and stock trades, are also possible using netECHO.
is expected to appeal to a wide variety of market segments, including:
business people who need information out on the road or at a job site
- the disabled
community, particularly the visually-impaired
who don’t own a computer, or who often don’t have one readily available
future, the product will be modified to accommodate business applications. For
example, businesses will be able to allow their employees audio access to their
InternetSpeech.com is a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California.
It was founded in 1998 to provide audio-based access to the Internet via telephone.
The company believes that today’s increasingly mobile and information-driven society
will require alternative ways to go on-line when away from a computer terminal.
InternetSpeech.com also is interested in bringing the Internet to these large
segments of the population potential users who don’t own or have access to a computer
as well as the visually impaired and disabled community by using the most natural
interface, their own voice and any phone. For more information, visit InternetSpeech.com’s
website at http://www.internetspeech.com.
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