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2003

2112 CHOOSES NEOSPEECH TEXT-TO-SPEECH FOR FLAGSHIP GOLF APPLICATION

2112 CHOOSES NEOSPEECH TEXT-TO-SPEECH FOR FLAGSHIP GOLF APPLICATION


Golf Enthusiasts Utilize Speech-Based Interactive Tool to Research the Links at Their Favorite Golf Destinations


Fremont, CA - September 15, 2003 - NeoSpeech, a provider of speech technologies for hand-held, desktop and network/server applications, today announced that new media agency 2112 has selected NeoSpeech's Text-To-Speech product, VoiceText™, to power its flagship 18interactive product. 18interactive is a web-based, multimedia application combining enhanced graphics, animation, narration, photography and videography to showcase the features, challenges, and amenities of individual golf course properties. To experience a speech-enabled golf course tour firsthand, visit www.18interactive.com and click on "launch demo".

"We are providing a powerful, cutting-edge solution for golf course owners wanting to promote and market their properties," said Drew Wharton, President and founder of 2112. "NeoSpeech's Text-to-Speech engine provided us with a very natural and realistic voice for speech synthesis that integrates nicely with the animation, video and photography of each course. The voice is so realistic, in fact, that one golfer emailed us requesting that the head pro introduce himself at the beginning of the virtual tour. He didn't even realize the voice wasn't human!"

Prior to utilizing NeoSpeech's VoiceText for their interactive golf application, 2112 hired professional voice-over talent to create the narrative. This involved paying the talent for multiple takes, sometimes over multiple days, in addition to accounting for the cost of studio time. With the new Text-to-Speech (TTS) product, the golf course sends a text document to 2112 advising how to play each hole from various positions. 2112 then uses TTS to turn the text into audio within minutes, saving the company both time and money.

"2112 has utilized speech and other multimedia technologies to create a very rich and engaging experience for golf enthusiasts," said Yoon Kim, CEO of NeoSpeech. "This application can easily be expanded to help golf course owners promote not only their courses, but their resort facilities and various amenities. We look forward to working with 2112 as they create innovative and exciting interactive applications for the golf industry and various verticals."

NeoSpeech's VoiceText is the only product of its kind to offer the same high quality voices across all different footprints and across all major platforms. VoiceText generates natural-sounding voices from text input and offers the same Text-to-Speech solution across hand-held, desktop, laptop and network/server applications, while supporting a broad range of industry standard operating systems. Available in several languages, VoiceText can process any size or type of text, in applications ranging from telephone access to information or personal e-mail, to reading complete news stories, delivering the highest level of accuracy and quality.


About NeoSpeech

NeoSpeech, Inc. is a leading provider of speech-enabled solutions based on a suite of best-of-breed core capabilities in speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker verification, and voice animation. The company offers flexible, innovative products for the mobile, enterprise, entertainment and education markets. The privately-held company, headquartered in Fremont, CA, is backed by Voiceware Co., Ltd. of Korea. Visit www.neospeech.com for more information on NeoSpeech products, solutions and services.


About 2112

2112 [twenty-one twelve] is an industry-leading, full-service interactive agency offering new media design and development solutions to businesses and golf courses worldwide. The privately-held company, headquartered in Soquel, California, specializes in interactive content creation, custom CD-ROM/DVD authoring, digital audio and video production, interface design, web development and custom application development. Visit www.2112.us for more information on 2112 solutions and services.


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Jennifer Deitsch
for NeoSpeech public relations
408.226.7023
deitsch@sbcglobal.net