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BW: Lernout & Hauspie's...Announcements Move Speech and Language Technologies Beyond the Desktop

Nov 15, 1999, 17:01 (2 Talkback[s])

"Lernout & Hauspie (NASDAQ:LHSP)(EASDAQ:LHSP) (L&H(TM)), today provided Comdex attendees a glimpse of how speech and language technologies are providing a more natural interface for computing and communicating at the start of a new millennium. L&H demonstrated how software that can recognize, understand and translate human speech and language is moving beyond the desktop to new platforms and products like handheld devices, information appliances, enterprise networks and Web-based services. For example, L&H unveiled plans to launch L&H iTranslator(TM) Online, a new Web-based, e-commerce translation service, and announced that it will support the widely popular Linux operating system through software development kits, enabling Linux developers to incorporate L&H speech and language offerings in applications for handheld devices. The demonstrations and announcements took place here at the Comdex Fall 1999 tradeshow in Booth #L5726 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 15-19, 1999...."

"L&H also announced that it plans to support Linux developers that want to incorporate its speech and language technologies into their applications. Linux has quickly become a popular operating system for handheld device manufacturers because of its ability to run on both X86 and StrongArm processors, as well as its quick development time and robust operation. L&H's text-to-speech (TTS 3000) and automatic speech recognition (ASR) engines currently support Linux. This support will be extended to the L&H Voice Xpress Software Development Kit (SDK), which provides low level applications programming interfaces (APIs) and libraries to support desktop and handheld device applications."

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