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10
2004

ODDCAST SELECTS NEOSPEECH TTS VOICES FOR VHOST ANIMATED CHARACTERS

Web-Based Conversational Agents Provide Dynamic And Multilingual E-Marketing Experience


SPEECHTEK, New York, NY – September 14, 2004 – NeoSpeech, a provider of speech technologies for hand-held, desktop and network applications, and Oddcast, a developer and distributor of conversational character software products, today announced that NeoSpeech’s VoiceText™ Text-to-Speech engine has been integrated with Oddcast’s VHost™ technology. By using VoiceText, Oddcast will be adding high quality US English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean to its existing suite of 10 languages and enhancing its product reach to the Far East.

For a first-hand demonstration of NeoSpeech’s TTS product, visit booth # 410 at SpeechTEK through September 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis, or visit NeoSpeech online at www.neospeech.com.

Oddcast’s VHost software enables companies to improve business results by bringing web and wireless content to life through conversational agents. By integrating NeoSpeech’s Text-to-Speech technology, these conversational characters can interact with customers and employees via online advertising campaigns, customer service applications, e-learning systems, and mobile devices, and through many other technology driven platforms.

"Our customers are looking for a way to engage clients and differentiate their business,” said Adi Sideman, CEO of Oddcast. “By incorporating NeoSpeech’s Text-to-Speech engine into our VHost™ products, customers can have access to a larger variety of voices and languages to deliver dynamic character speech. VoiceText provides a crisp, human-like voice. Its quality is truly amazing.”

“Oddcast’s success stems from creating a product that adds a deep level of interactivity in rich media applications, enabling users to become active participants, rather than passive viewers of web information,” said Yoon Kim, CEO of NeoSpeech. “By adding a realistic speech interface that is convenient and flexible, companies are able to combine the benefits of human face-to-face and computer-based interactions to maximize the overall productivity and value of their marketing and training programs.”

NeoSpeech’s 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.

About NeoSpeech
NeoSpeech is a leading provider of Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology and applications for the mobile, enterprise, entertainment and education markets. NeoSpeech offers the most flexible, high-quality TTS engines available on the market for U.S. English and major Asian and European languages, supporting a wide range of embedded devices, desktop and network/server applications. 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 Oddcast
Founded in 1999, Oddcast (www.oddcast.com) develops and distributes conversational character software products. Oddcast's core technology, the VHost™ Platform, enables companies to improve business results by bringing web and wireless content to life through conversational agents. The Oddcast VHost™ platform is the industry-leading solution for enhancing online communication with intelligent, conversational characters that can deliver information and respond dynamically to customer queries. All of Oddcast's products are Web-based and ASP-hosted and can be delivered to any device even in low-bandwidth environments - PCs, CD-ROMs and mobile devices. The company serves over 2000 customers, including Coca-Cola, Nextel, Verizon, L'Oreal, Holiday Inn, Washington Mutual, McDonald's and Chevrolet.

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For more information contact:

Jennifer Deitsch
NeoSpeech public relations
925.831.2092
jennifer.deitsch@neospeech.com

Michael Volpatt
Oddcast public relations
917-678-0187
michael@larkinvolpatt.com