HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) June 9, 2004
FrogPad, Inc. and its strategic solutions partner, Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND), along with Retronic of Hamburg, announce today FrogPadÂs new offices in Surrey, England, Tokyo, Japan, Burlington, Ontario, Canada and Hamburg, Germany. With these global partners, FrogPad products are available immediately, via overnight shipping, across the globe, for all-the-worldÂs frog needs.
"Global demand for the FrogPad keyboard has been overwhelming. I am thrilled to announce the immediate availability of the keyboard across these countries and the EU and growing," stated FrogPad President and CEO, Linda Marroquin. "The usefulness of the FrogPad keyboard is being demonstrated by the increase in demand both nationally and abroad."
Revolutionary New Keyboard:
Global offices and overnight shipping are responses to the increase in worldwide demand for the one-handed FrogPad keyboard. As the only portable and compact keyboard with full-sized keys and functionality, FrogPad incorporates Bluetooth wireless technology with FrogpadÂs patented algorithm and ergonomic layout, designed around the 15 most-frequently-used letters in the Roman alphabet. And it is easy to learn. Left hand users donÂt be alarmed, the FrogPad keyboard is the first one handed keyboard that offers a left handed option.
Pioneering a new global standard for data entry, the FrogPad keyboard continues to be first-to-market in technology that impacts mobile computing. Unlike a traditional QWERTY layout, whose design was derived from the limitations of 19th Century typewriter technology, the FrogPad offers a logical key layout and design that encourages correct ergonomic posture. Additionally, given its use of full-size keys, the FrogPad offers users of mobile computing devices an effective alternative to the script-based or mini thumb keyboard platforms currently available. After an average of 8 hours of training and practice, most FrogPad users can achieve input rates of the standard 40 words per minute, as compared to the average of 10-20 words per minute by the fastest thumb typists.
Better Sound Quality Headset:
Along with the recent shipping of the Bluetooth FrogPad keyboard, FrogPad and Gennum are also demonstrating the first Bluetooth headset - called FrogTalkÂ - for use with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, PC's, Mac's, PDA's, and gaming devices. With GennumÂs patented FRONTWAVE technology, the FrogTalk headsets provide a premium sound and vocal experience for consumers. GennumÂs FRONTWAVE technology filters out background noise while simultaneously amplifying the voice of the userÂproviding a crystal-clear conversation environment. The headset can also be utilized without a cell phone to amplify and improve the sound quality of live conversations, especially in noisy environments such as airports, conventions centers, and restaurants.
Frogs for Business:
For a business environment, the miniature and fully functional FrogPad keyboard and headset enables employees to be mobile and have easy access to databases, email and internal network resources. "The drive for miniaturization, as well as the need for an effective and simple mobile data entry device, make the FrogPad a true frontrunner in the race to develop the new global standard Computer Human Interface," states Michail Resikov, President, of Retronic, FrogPadÂs German partner. "The technology format is ideal for portable Web-enabled wireless phones, handheld computers, wireless gaming and the rapidly evolving segment of convergent PCs."
Also on a business front, in an effort to assist OEMs interested in developing their own Bluetooth-enabled FrogPad keyboards, FrogPad and Gennum are unveiling the licensing model of the single chip solution that will incorporate FrogPad's unique algorithm with the Bluetooth Human Input Device (HID) profile. By incorporating the HID profile, FrogPad provides OEMs the assurance that their FrogPad products are Bluetooth-enabled out-of-the-box.
About FrogPad Inc.
Houston, Texas-based FrogPad Inc. is an innovator in data entry methods for mobile computing and communication. Founded in 1998, FrogPad is a private company delivering its products through global partners. For more information, please visit FrogPad Web-site at: http://www.frogpad.com.
Gennum Corporation is a leading producer of silicon integrated circuits and hybrid circuits for the video and hearing instruments markets, and is a growing provider of the data communication market. The company has offices in Burlington and Ottawa, Canada, and subsidiaries in Japan and the United Kingdom. Gennum (TSX: GND) has been in operation since 1973, and its shares have been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange since 1982. For more information on Gennum please visit: http://www.gennum.com/index.html.
This document may contain forward-looking statements, relating to the CompanyÂs future financial results and operations or to the environment in which it operates, which are based on GennumÂs operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond GennumÂs control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. These factors include those set forth in other public filings. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made. Gennum disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. FrogPad is a registered Trademark by FrogPad, Inc.
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