Fonix iSpeak To Be Bundled With irock! MP3 Players; Fonix VoiceAlert Available for Microsoft Pocket PC Devices
SALT LAKE CITY, UT and CHICAGO, IL - Fonix Corporation (OTC BB: FONX), a provider of natural-user interface technology and voice solutions for wireless and mobile devices, and First International Digital Inc. (FID), maker of the irock! digital audio product family, announced the bundling of the Fonix iSpeak Personal Text Reader into the irock! 500-series MP3 players. The software, available in early June, will enable irock! users to convert, download and listen to any text file in MP3 format, making everything from email and work documents to school papers and books totally portable and voice accessible. iSpeak allows a text file to be read aloud in a natural, human-sounding voice. Web pages, articles, children's stories, speeches, presentations, novels and more can be listened to in a hands-free environment. "Fonix iSpeak is truly unique in its ability to convert text into natural-sounding male or female speech. This development is a real plus for our customers," said Randy Cavaiani, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for First International Digital. "irock! players have always been at the forefront of the music field, but with the addition of iSpeak, they are a great productivity and learning tool as well." "People are finding that MP3 players are more than just terrific music devices. The addition of iSpeak to irock! 500-series MP3 players provides incredible flexibility for work, school, entertainment, and personal enrichment," said Kirk Feller, Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Applications for Fonix Corporation. "We're pleased that our software will be bringing irock! players to a new level of value." Fonix VoiceAlert Available for Microsoft Pocket PC Devices
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Fonix Corporation (OTC BB: FONX), a provider of natural-user interface technology and voice solutions for wireless and mobile devices, Internet and telephony systems and vehicle telematics, released Fonix VoiceAlert, a program that manages and organizes all upcoming appointments in a Microsoft Pocket PC-operated device, and reads appointments aloud using Fonix TTS voices. Fonix VoiceAlert, a new release and upgrade of the scheduling assistant formerly known as TimeTalk Alert, has a new user interface and several new features. "Fonix VoiceAlert, a simple yet powerful and productive PDA scheduling solution that provides practical speech options and separates the product from conventional calendar and task applications," said Kirk Feller, GM and VP Consumer Applications Group for Fonix Corporation. "All of the features, functions, and tools previously found in TimeTalk Alert, including graphical screens and high-quality speech, are still there with the added benefit to make notification of appointments and tasks easier and less distracting for people on the go." Fonix VoiceAlert retains all of the features and functionalities that made its predecessor a productive and valuable assistant for users of Pocket PCs, and now it provides direct integration with the Microsoft Calendar, which allows users to hear up to three months of calendar items. Users now have access to all of the program's functions through an icon that sits in the Windows system tray on the Today Screen. This gives users the ability to restore the application interface and have access to program functions such as "Say Next Alert," "Say Events," "Say Tasks," go to the "Options" menu, display the "Clock," preview the "Alert Window," "Mute," and "Exit" the application. In addition, a scroll bar will appear in the Alert screen if more than one event has transpired since the last time the Alert window was cleared. A number will also appear, indicating the active calendar alert and the total number of past alerts, enabling users to easily view and listen to each past event. Fonix VoiceAlert facilitates time management by automatically retrieving information entered into the calendar, tasks and "to do" lists of the Pocket PC and speaking details aloud as an individual event time approaches. With various skins available for the interface, and alert chimes and voices that are customizable on an appointment-by-appointment basis, Fonix VoiceAlert can be tailored to suit any individual user requirements. The user can even disable the alert chime when in a meeting or other important event, so as not to interrupt, but still have the appointment or task pop up on the screen.