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12
2003

PROJECT SPONSORED BY NASA TO USE NEOSPEECH'S TEXT-TO-SPEECH ENGINE

PROJECT SPONSORED BY NASA LANGLEY TO USE NEOSPEECH'S SPEECH ENGINE AFTER SELECTION BY OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY CENTER


VoiceText to Serve as Key Component for Breakthrough Learning Environment; TTS to Advance Interaction and Learning Between Researchers and Virtual Instructors

Fremont, CA - June 12, 2003 - NeoSpeech, a provider of speech technologies for hand-held, desktop and network/server applications, today announced that ODU Center for Advanced Engineering Environments at NASA Langley has selected its Text-to-Speech product, VoiceTextÔ as a key component for a breakthrough learning environment under development. Spearheaded by Old Dominion University Center of AEE at NASA Langley Research Center, the project represents a bold new approach in learning. Comprised of a hub of networks, the futuristic learning environment combines intelligent software agents, adaptive human-computer and communication technologies, virtual reality, explorative visualization and perceptual user interfaces to elevate learning with more effective instructional tools. Using VoiceText, ODU AEE Center will advance its perceptual user interface, which couples natural voice and emotional interfaces, significantly enhancing the learning process.

A number of universities, funded by NASA, are seeking to bolster a projected skills gap and shortage of qualified workers that threatens to impact the U.S. aerospace industry and its leadership position. Currently, more than 54% of the science and technology workforce is over age 45 and nearing retirement. Another dynamic impacting the projected worker shortage is the number of science and engineering graduates has been on a steady decline for more than one decade.

Stated Professor Ahmed K. Noor, Director of the Old Dominion University Center for Advanced Engineering Environments at NASA, "During our extensive vendor evaluation process, we examined close to two dozen speech technology vendors. We wanted a very flexible, human-like, text-to-speech solution that would blur the distinction between actual and virtual instructors. NeoSpeech came the closest to fitting our needs. VoiceText will be instrumental in transforming learning so it is far more engaging and rewarding."

Said Lin Chase, CEO of NeoSpeech, "We are very pleased that VoiceText's superior voice quality came out on top. We look forward to supporting ODU CAEE Center at NASA Langley on this revolutionary mission and expect that we will evolve VoiceText's capabilities to an even greater level."

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 handheld, 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, from reading test questions to complete news stories to personal e-mail, 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, California, is backed by Voiceware Co., Ltd of Korea. Visit www.neospeech.com for more information on NeoSpeech products, solutions and services.

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Carmen Hughes
Public Relations for NeoSpeech
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