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The Next Interface Simplified phone calling for the disabled
Sep 5, 2002 – By ArialPhone Staff Writer

ArialPhone Corp., of Mundelein, IL., has introduced a new wearable, wireless communications device designed specifically to make phone calling more convenient for quadriplegics, paraplegics, Parkinson's disease patients and others with limited mobility. The new device is a hands-free, voice-activated telephone communications product.

The ArialPhone system comes packaged with add-on software that gives users the ability to use the device as a wireless microphone for Internet calling and other applications that accept microphone input, including speech recognition software such as Dragon Systems' Naturally Speaking and IBM's ViaVoice.

Place Calls Through Simple Voice Commands

ArialPhone facilitates telephone communications for the disabled community by allowing users to place phone calls simply by saying a person's name or phone number. This is accomplished through a patented, hands-free Earset design that leverages voice recognition technology and works in conjunction with the user's existing PC.

For easy operation, ArialPhone is set up to accept wiring for a wide variety of external switches designed for disabled users, including pillow switches, sensitive switches, soft switches and strong switches. The product enables users to perform automated functions such as voice dialing by name, answering calls, and other telephone operations from anywhere in the home or office.

"ArialPhone introduces a new level of phone calling convenience to the disabled community, with both features and pricing that are far better than other solutions on the market," said Mike Wagener, President of ArialPhone Corp. "Although the first applications are based around telephone communications, future applications will enable voice control of digital entertainment and other home automation functions, such as changing TV channels; recording TV programs; controlling digital music players, set top boxes and cable modems; and even turning lights off and on."

Easy, Comfortable Operation

ArialPhone consists of a 1 oz. wearable Earset, voice-dialing software and a base station, which is attached to both a PC and an analog phone line. Operation is simple: the user activates the external switch of their choice to alert the ArialPhone base station to listen for voice commands, such as "call John Smith at work." These commands prompt ArialPhone to access the user's PC contact management directory, and then place calls as directed.

In contrast to many bulky over-the-head phone headsets, ArialPhone's sleek, lightweight Earset attaches easily to the ear via a comfortable, ergonomically designed hook that can be worn all day. And while many wireless devices used in the home or office have a limited range and poor voice quality, ArialPhone offers top-quality communications within a 150-ft. to 300-ft. range - even through walls.

Easy "Out of the Box" Installation and Functionality

ArialPhone requires no customization and is ready to use "out of the box". Incorporating speaker-independent voice recognition technology, it enables the use of intuitive and natural language-based commands, eliminating the need for any voice training prior to operation. The device accesses PC-resident contact management systems, such as ACT!, Outlook and Outlook Express, via a dynamic interface.

Installation is simple: the base station connects with the user's PC via a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface, and with the telephone system through a standard phone jack. The Earset communicates with the base station via a 900MHz digital spread spectrum radio frequency link.

Innovative Battery Design

ArialPhone Corp. is currently developing an external battery attachment that will provide up to 12 hours of "talk time" for ArialPhone. The standard battery system now available consists of a single, rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery that provides a "talk time" of two-to-three hours. The recharge time is approximately two hours. The base station has two charging slots and comes with two batteries, so there will always be a fully charged battery available to allow an infinite amount of "talk time". If the battery runs low during a phone conversation, the Earset will generate an alert. The phone connection will be held while the user replaces the battery. The simple battery exchange process takes only seconds.

Pricing and Availability

Priced at $399, the specialized version of ArialPhone designed for the disabled market is now available and can be purchased through leading assistive technologies dealers across the country or directly from the company. The pricing includes the complete system with base station, Earset and voice-dialing software, along with accommodations for easily attaching external switches. Also included is ArialPhone's wireless microphone software.

ArialPhone Corp., launched in January 2001, is a provider of wireless communications devices and voice-enabling software applications. The company's flagship product, ArialPhone, combines wireless and voice recognition technology in a sleek, patented Earset design that improves standard telephone calling processes while also allowing wireless voice computer input for dictation, Internet calling, and other third party voice recognition functions. It can be integrated with the most popular digital PBXs, and now supports an expanded group of contact management systems such as ACT!, Outlook and Outlook Express. Privately held, ArialPhone Corp. is headquartered near Chicago in Mundelein, Ill. For more information, please visit www.arialphone.com, or contact the company's headquarters at 104 Terrace Dr., Mundelein, Ill. 60060. Phone: 847-949-3173. E-mail: info@arialphone.com.



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