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CNET News.com: Lernout adds Linux, voice software to handheld

Feb 08, 2000, 07:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

"The speech recognition software company is hoping to gain attention this week with a product prototype that combines some of the trendiest technology around--PDAs (personal digital assistants), speech recognition, wireless Internet access and the Linux operating system--into one package. Lernout & Hauspie is touting the new device at the Demo 2000 conference in Indian Wells, Calif., an annual show devoted to unveiling new technologies and Net companies.

Code-named Nuk, from Nukulu, the Hawaiian word for 'echo,' the device purportedly allows users to search the Web, compose emails and organize files, all through voice commands. The Nuk is expected to ship by the end of the year. The company is looking for potential manufacturing partners at the Demo 2000 conference, according to a company spokesperson."

"Running on the Linux operating system and powered by a StrongARM processor, the company's prototype puts it in the middle of the rapidly emerging market of information appliances, scaled-down computing devices that stand out by being simple to use."

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