InHand and Conversay Partner to Deliver Voice-Enabled Handheld Devices

InHand Electronics, Inc., a leader in creating ultra-portable handheld devices for OEMs, and Conversay, a leader in speech technology for mobile and traditional Internal access devices, today announced at the Embedded Systems Conference a strategic partnership to offer speech recognition on InHand's devices.

Both companies' customers have expressed an interest in the availability of this type of device. Significant applications for this technology exist in the military, instrumentation and telematics industries.

Beginning in the third quarter of 2001, InHand's Fingertip and Elf boards will be shipped with Conversay's voice recognition technology embedded within them. Through this preferred provider relationship with Conversay, developing voice-enabled, handheld devices becomes a fail-safe business solution, significantly reducing the developer's risk, saving development time and ultimately getting products to market faster.

"This really hits a hot spot for our customers," said Andrew Girson, CEO of InHand Electronics, Inc. "This partnership decreases their development risks and product lifecycle ultimately getting their products to market faster giving InHand a competitive advantage in the industry. We are excited to be leading the way with Conversay to expand the capabilities of handheld devices."

Conversay's CEO Matt Scheuing said, "We are glad to join forces with InHand on this development. They've got a solid platform that allows us to broaden our offering to customers, providing a complete hardware/software speech technology solution that reduces development time and costs. Together we'll both be very nimble and responsive to our customers' requirements."

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