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DEC
03
2003

HOMESEER CHOOSES NEOSPEECH FOR VOICE-ACTIVATED HOME AUTOMATION

HOMESEER CHOOSES NEOSPEECH FOR VOICE-ACTIVATED HOME AUTOMATION

"Kate" And "Paul" Inform Homeowners of Callers, Intruders and a Host of Activities throughout the Home


Fremont, CA - December 3, 2003 - NeoSpeech, a provider of speech technologies for hand-held, desktop and network applications, today announced that HomeSeer Technologies has selected NeoSpeech's VoiceText™ to power its PC-based home automation system. HomeSeer Technology's HomeSeer software lets homeowners control their lights, appliances and audio/video equipment from any web browser or telephone. By incorporating NeoSpeech's VoiceText into its software, HomeSeer enables the home to "talk to" its occupants, notifying them of callers, motion and even weather alerts.

"Many of our customers have speakers throughout their homes, and they look to a central voice to keep them informed of changes in and around their household," said Richard Helmke, president of HomeSeer. "NeoSpeech provides us with Text-to-Speech so life-like that it feels like a concerned friend, rather than a computer, is safeguarding your home. Our customers are very pleased with the quality and realism of the voices provided by NeoSpeech."

NeoSpeech's VoiceText is used any time HomeSeer needs to make an announcement or read information to a homeowner. Users program events that trigger a voice announcement, the content of the announcement, and the preferred voice, "Kate" or "Paul". When HomeSeer's software detects one of the programmed events, the system "speaks" to the homeowner, saying, for example; "the garage door is open," "someone is in the driveway" or "motion has been detected in the living room."

HomeSeer is also notified of various phone events such as the phone ringing, the line being answered, messages left, or caller ID available. With caller ID, the system can announce the name or phone number of incoming callers, such as "Bill Smith is calling" or "555-1212 is calling." Additionally, homeowners can use their home phone to get voice-activated weather reports and news headlines.

"HomeSeer knows that homeowners want to be informed, but they want it to happen in an unobtrusive manner," said Yoon Kim, CEO of NeoSpeech. "HomeSeer's technology enables a homeowner to choose when and how to use speech as an interface, as well as what type of voice is most pleasing to them. This product does a great job of putting the user in control and giving him all of the tools needed for the best possible home automation experience."

HomeSeer voices are available in bundled packages that include both 8khz and 16khz frequencies for the desktop and the telephone. The base package consists of the US English voices Kate and Paul on CD. Visit HomeSeer's online store at http://www.homeseer.com/purchase.shtml for pricing.


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, California, is backed by Voiceware Co., Ltd. of Korea. Visit www.neospeech.com for more information on NeoSpeech products, solutions and services.

About NeoSpeech's VoiceText
VoiceText generates natural-sounding voices from text input and offers the same Text-to-Speech solution across hand-held, desktop, laptop and network 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.

HomeSeer
HomeSeer Technologies flagship product "HomeSeer" is a PC based home automation application that gives the user control of his home from any web browser or telephone. The software supports a wide range of third party hardware and software. HomeSeer Technologies web site is www.homeseer.com.
HomeSeer Technologies was founded in 1999 by Richard J. Helmke to address the need for Internet enabling home automation.


For More Information, Contact:
Jennifer Deitsch
For NeoSpeech public relations
408.226.7023
deitsch@sbcglobal.net