Fonix Speech Solutions Selected by Hewlett-Packard for New Jornada
LONDON, ENGLAND - Fonix Corporation (OTC BB: FONX), a provider of natural-user interface technology solutions for wireless and mobile devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics, announced at the Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference that Hewlett-Packard Corporation (NYSE: HWP) has licensed Fonix Speech Solutions, Text-To-Speech (TTS) and Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), for use in its new HP Jornada 928 Wireless Digital Assistant (WDA). Fonix offers a voice-activated interface that enables users to use their voices to access and call contacts with the mobile phone feature of their HP Jornada 928 WDA. With Fonix Speech Solutions, HP Jornada 928 WDA users in the U.K., and French- and German-speaking countries, will be able to access contacts and place telephone calls by speaking the name or telephone number of the person they wish to call hands-free, without having to view the WDA display. "Because HP is leading the way with the first speech-enabled WDA that allows a user to place calls safely and simply using voice commands, we selected Fonix, one of the world's leading speech technology companies, to provide us with its high-quality Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Text-To-Speech (TTS) applications," said Emmanuel Klotz, HP Jornada Europe Business Manager. "HP customers will now experience the freedom and ease that voice-activated dialing offers." "Now people on the go in all aspects of their lives - be it home, office, or traveling, will be able to stay connected and productive with quick and easy access to critical data anytime," said Kurt W. Flygare, Fonix Vice President of Sales. "The HP Jornada 928 WDA provides an excellent platform for the deployment of Fonix multiple language ASR and TTS. It will now be even easier to place calls safely and quickly." Fonix Speech Solutions, in U.K. English, French or German, will speak directly to the user, requesting the information needed to place the call. With the use of a headset, users can place calls hands-free, without needing to view or manipulate the WDA, using Fonix speaker-independent ASR. Fonix Speech Solutions will come pre-loaded in the ROM on the HP Jornada 900 series wireless digital assistant products known as the HP Jornada 900 series running on a TI OMAP Processor CPU; using Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC operating system. The HP Jornada 928 WDA, with Fonix Speech Solutions, will be available to the European general public in retail outlets in the late second quarter of 2002.