InfoSpace Selects VoiceBox Technologies
BELLEVUE, Wash. - InfoSpace implemented eyes-free navigation in its newly upgraded version of Find It!, a location-based application that helps consumers find everything from nearby restaurants and movie times to maps and driving directions, using speech technologies from VoiceBox Technologies Inc. VoiceBox added text-to-speech (TTS) turn-by-turn directions to the Maps & Directions category of InfoSpace Find It!, delivering on the joint initiative that VoiceBox and InfoSpace Inc. (NASDAQ: INSP) announced earlier this year.
The VoiceBox enhancement to InfoSpace Find It! allows destination addresses to be entered through keypad input, then turn-by-turn directions are spoken aloud to the user.
"VoiceBox's voice technology opens up numerous possibilities for mobile devices," said Rod Diefendorf, vice president of Online and Local Search for InfoSpace. "Spoken directions enable consumers to interact safely with their mobile device from a variety of eyes-free environments. This is the first step to using voice as an input, allowing consumers easy eyes-free navigation to a broad array of content on their device."