Wizzard Software Offers new addition of IBM TTS for Linux

david poehlman poehlman1 at comcast.net
Wed Jul 21 17:55:16 UTC 2004

it's in the article.

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so where can we get this beast at?
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> From: "Steve Pattison" <srp at bigpond.net.au>
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> On 20/07/2004 at 12:44 PM H. Field <missheather at comcast.net> wrote:
> Thought some may find this interesting.
> Regards,
> Heather Field
> Wizzard Software Continues to Grow Speech Offerings with Addition of
> for Linux
> PITTSBURGH --(Business Wire)-- July 13, 2004 -- Wizzard Software
> (OTCBB:WIZD) announced today they have added IBM TTS for
> Linux to their growing portfolio of licensable speech technologies.
> This
> new
> addition to the Wizzard family of offerings
> allows computerized text to be spoken "out-loud" while running in the
> Linux
> operating system environment. Users can utilize
> the TTS for a wide variety of tasks including having letters, instant
> messages and e-mails read out-loud and to help verbally
> guide visitors through web sites. In addition to assisting
> visually-impaired
> and mobility-impaired users on Linux it can make
> standard desktop programs more user-friendly for longer working baby
> boomers
> dealing with vision, hearing and mobility
> issues.
> "We are please to be able to bring to market a Linux version of IBM's
> text-to-speech engine that had previously only been
> available for the Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms,"
> said
> Rich Schwerdtfeger, chairman of IBM's Accessibility
> Architecture Review Board. "We are happy to be able to strengthen our
> partnership with Wizzard and look forward to continue
> working with them making technology accessible for all communities."
> Linux has been in place on network servers of federal agencies for
> sometime
> and it is now increasingly being incorporated
> into desktop PC's, according to a study performed on Linux by USA
> Today.
> Some of the reasons cited for the increase in Linux
> desktop popularity included:
> 1. Can be deployed using existing hardware
> 2. Less frequently targeted by hackers and others looking to exploit
> security gaps
> 3. Its design makes it less vulnerable to security risks than other
> operating systems
> Furthermore, market research group International Data Corporation (IDC)
> recently released figures of a 43 percent
> year-over-year growth of the Linux thin client users in the fourth
> quarter
> of 2003. The IDC also reports that Linux now holds
> about 23 percent of the worldwide market for the operating systems used
> to
> run large server computers. IDC is projecting that
> the server market will grow by a compound annual growth rate of 3.8
> percent
> between 2004 and 2008, to $60.8 billion, with
> Linux-based servers to comprise about 29 percent of shipments in 2008
> and
> about $9.7 billion, or 16 percent, in sales.
> "In response to market demand we can now offer IBM TTS for Linux in 13
> languages to Linux Developers and Enterprise customers
> that meet OEM terms and minimum order requirements," says Bruce Phifer,
> Wizzard's General Manager of Technologies and
> Services Division. "This offering responds to requests for a low priced
> Linux based TTS product and targets the growing
> Accessibility segment and other markets where highly intelligible voice
> output is required from a low cost, small footprint
> engine."
> About Wizzard Software
> Founded in 1996, Wizzard Software has become a leader in the speech
> technology application development market. Wizzard
> architects solutions to business problems using its expertise in
> consulting,
> speech development tools and building speech
> based applications for the Desktop and Internet. Wizzard has achieved
> global
> recognition because of its expertise with voice
> communication whether it is via PC or telephone. Wizzard's successes
> have
> lead to expanding opportunities in both the
> government and commercial sectors. In April of 2004, Wizzard acquired
> MedivoxRx Technologies. Founded in 2000, MedivoxRx is
> the originator of "Rex", the talking prescription pill bottle, which
> "talks"
> to the patient allowing them to distinguish what
> type of medication is in the bottle and hear critical information on
> dosage
> amounts and refill parameters. Additional
> information on MedivoxRx can be found at www.rxtalks.com. More
> information
> on Wizzard Software can be found in the Investor's
> Corner www.wizzardsoftware.com.
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