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29
2004

Kurzweil Educational Systems’ Kurzweil 3000 Offers New Voices

Kurzweil Educational Systems’ Kurzweil 3000 Offers New Voices

 

Adds NeoSpeech VoiceText TM Natural Sounding Voices Option to Market-leading Assistive Technology Reading Software
Demonstrations Available at Council for Exceptional Children Conference


Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA - April 14, 2004 – Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc., innovator of reading technology products for individuals with learning and visual disabilities, today announced that they are now offering NeoSpeech’s text-to-speech product, VoiceText, as an add-on option to Kurzweil 3000TM for Windows. Kurzweil 3000 is the most comprehensive reading, writing and learning software for individuals with learning disabilities. The VoiceText Add-On allows users to choose from two new natural sounding voices, one male and one female, and is also compatible with Kurzweil 3000’s Create Audio File feature, so users can listen to books, assignments and notes while on the go.

“Clarity of voice is key to better comprehension,” said Yoon Kim, CEO of NeoSpeech. “VoiceText is the highest quality speech synthesizer on the market, providing Kurzweil 3000 users with natural sounding voices that greatly enhance their reading experience.”

Kurzweil Educational Systems will be demonstrating the newest version of Kurzweil 3000, including the new VoiceText Add-On, at the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) conference to be held April 14 – 17, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, Booth No. 607.

NeoSpeech, Inc. is a leading provider of speech technologies for hand-held, desktop and network applications. This is the second initiative between these two firms. VoiceText was successfully integrated into Kurzweil 1000TM scanning and reading software for the blind or visually impaired six months ago.

“Partnerships with market leaders, such as NeoSpeech, enable us to stay focused on providing our customers the optimal choice of new features and functions to improve their reading comprehension and increase their enjoyment in reading,” said Michael Sokol, President and CEO of Kurzweil Educational Systems. “The VoiceText Add-On is the company’s latest move in our effort to keep Kurzweil 3000 ahead of the market by offering new voice options to further enhance the learning experience both in and outside the classroom.”

About Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil Educational Systems’ flagship product, Kurzweil 3000, is widely recognized as the most comprehensive and integrated solution for addressing language and literacy difficulties. The software uses a multi-sensory approach – presenting printed or electronic text on the computer screen with added visual and audible accessibility. The product incorporates a host of dynamic features including powerful decoding, study skills, writing and test-taking tools all designed to adapt to each individual’s learning style and to encourage active learning.

Pricing & Availability
The VoiceText Add-On is available now for Kurzweil 3000 for Windows, Version 8 only. Kurzweil 3000 Version 8 customers can purchase the VoiceText Add-On option at $95 for a single computer license. Volume discounts are available. Audio samples of the VoiceText voices are available on the Kurzweil Educational Systems web site, www.kurzweiledu.com. Customers are requested to contact Kurzweil Educational Systems or a local reseller for additional product details, visit www.kurzweiledu.com/resellers.asp to locate a reseller.

About NeoSpeech
NeoSpeech is the fastest growing provider of speech technology and applications for the mobile, enterprise, entertainment and education markets. The company offers the most flexible, high quality text-to-speech engines on the market, with availability in US English and all major Asian languages in configurations and footprints for a wide range of mobile devices, desktop and network/server applications. NeoSpeech also offers speaker verification, voice animation, and applications in language learning and automatic outbound notification. The privately held company, headquartered in Fremont, California, is backed by Voiceware Co., Ltd. of Korea. For more information, visit www.neospeech.com.

About Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.
Kurzweil Educational Systems, founded in 1996, is the industry leader and innovator of reading, writing and learning solutions for people with learning disabilities, and people who are blind or visually impaired. Ray Kurzweil, a co-founder of the original company, invented computer-based reading machine technology 25 years ago to provide access to printed text for the blind. With a pioneering history in developing assistive technology, the company has received worldwide recognition for enabling people with disabilities to lead more independent lives through improved reading and writing abilities. Kurzweil Educational Systems and Kurzweil 3000 have received several industry excellence awards over the past year from organizations including the Learning Disabilities Association of Massachusetts (LDAM), Media and Methods, eSchool News, District Administration, Technology & Learning and ComputEd Gazette publications. For more company or product information, visit www.kurzweiledu.com.