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Reuters: Lernout & Hauspie to make mobile phones talk back

May 15, 2000, 19:46 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Belgian speech technology company Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV hopes to gain from the growing popularity of mobile phones by making them talk back to their users after surfing the Internet."

"It plans to launch by Christmas a system that lets people tell their mobile phones and other handheld wireless devices to fetch information on the Web such as traffic reports and movie listings and read it back to them."

"The system, known as "Nak" in its prototype form, will also let them do more complicated online operations such as buying a book or selling a stock."

"The Nak, short for "nakulo" or "echo" in Hawaiian, uses a StrongARM computer chip made by Intel Corp. and runs on most operating systems, including Linux and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows."

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