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Fonix Corporation

Recent advances in technology have generated an unprecedented demand for universal connectivity to people, processes, and information. Communication and computing technologies are converging, making wireless access via mobile and handheld devices imperative. 

The marketplace is demanding simpler interfaces and high-quality, low-cost total solutions that operate across platforms, processors, and operating systems. Fonix meets those demands by providing natural communication solutions that enable intuitive access to technology.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with offices in Draper, Utah, Lexington, Massachusetts, and Seoul, Korea, Fonix Corporation has a global team of 140 employees. Founded in 1994, Fonix is a leading provider of natural-user interface technology and voice solutions for wireless and mobile devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics.

Fonix products, including award-winning Text-To-Speech (TTS), highly accurate Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), and easy-to-use Handwriting Recognition (HWR) can be easily implemented on multiple microprocessors and operating systems.

Fonix SpeakThis

Fonix SpeakThis converts web content to MP3 audio files, so that websites can be listened to online or downloaded to any MP3 player.  Webmasters add SpeakThis buttons to websites using automatically generated HTML code.  When a SpeakThis button is clicked, the page’s text is converted to MP3 and the SpeakThis audio player begins speaking.  With SpeakThis, the site visitor will also have the option of downloading the MP3 file to listen to the web page at their convenience using any MP3 player.

SpeakThis Offers Increased Accessibility

SpeakThis instantly makes information more accessible to groups that otherwise may not be able to access it.  The following is a list of groups that have difficulty accessing information from websites:


Difficulty Reading: 92 Million

5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 2,000,000

Dyslexic: 42 Million

5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 2,000,000

Low Vision: 8.7 Million

5,000,000 700,000
(units are in increments of 5,000,000)

SpeakThis helps communicate with these groups.

  • Difficulty Reading - According to the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey, 42 million adult Americans can only read a little. Another 50 million read only at a 4th or 5th grade level.
  • Dyslexia - Ten to fifteen percent of the US population has dyslexia. Research found that speech-synthesis "enhanced their reading rates, comprehension and attention."
  • Low Vision - Nearly 9 million Americans are not blind, but have very poor vision. Text is particularly troublesome for this group.

How does SpeakThis help the blind?

SpeakThis can be part of a total solution for blind users. There are 1.3 million legally blind people in the US. They typically use special "screen-reader" software to use computers and surf the web. But SpeakThis can help the blind access your content from public computers, such as in libraries or schools. And by supporting the W3C Recommendation for Aural Style Sheets, SpeakThis helps webmasters mark up mark-up their pages for increased usability with screen-readers.

Conclusion

Fonix SpeakThis is the latest advancement in speech technology from Fonix Corporation, providing fast-to-deploy, universal speech capabilities for the World Wide Web. From commercial website owners and developers, to the smallest, information-only personal sites, SpeakThis will easily speech-enable any website using automatically generated HTML code that is simply pasted into web pages. There is no hardware or software to download, install or maintain.  It really couldn't get any simpler.  

Index of pages using SpeakThis

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