(PRWEB) March 24, 2005
OcuSource.com, LLC and InternetSpeech, announced the alliance between the companies designed to make the internet more accessible to the elderly, the visually impaired and novice web-surfers. Internet Speech and its web-based service, netECHOÂ® has agreed to voice-enable many of OcuSource's resources available to the low vision and blind community on its information portal located at http://www.ocusource.com.
"There are a large number of seniors and visually impaired individuals that either do not have a computer or have not yet developed the skills to use one" states Dr. Lou Lipschultz, founder and CEO of OcuSource.com. "Through our relationship with InternetSpeech and the integration of netEcho into our web-presence, even individuals without a computer can search OcuSource for doctors, agencies, services and products for low vision and blindness using their home telephone. Subscribers to the netEcho service may also use the service to browse other websites and even listen to their email by telephone," Lipschultz affirmed.
netECHO allows users to navigate the OcuSource website and the rest of the internet using voice commands and any telephone. Developed and deployed in the U.S. in 2000. netECHO's patented technology provides content from any Web site in real-time, going beyond traditional voice portal features like news, weather, stock quotes and horoscopes. Customers can also search any word(s) using search engines like Google, Altavista and MSN. "InternetSpeech is devoted to offering true Internet access to everyone through a simple telephone interface," said Dr. Emdad Khan, founder, president and CEO of InternetSpeech. "We realized that the need for Voice Internet access is more pronounced in the over 40 million elderly, visually impaired and blind people in the U.S. and that there are also many more outside the U.S. who could use the service. Aligning ourselves with OcuSource assists the management team at OcuSource in achieving its goals of making resources available to the vision impaired both in the domestically and internationally. It is very important to provide the "real" Internet to these people, especially the ones who cannot easily access the Internet otherwise."
For more information regarding the netEcho service, consumers should visit the OcuSource website at:
OcuSource, LLC, the owner and operator of OcuSource.com, an internet portal dedicated to assisting the low vision and blindness industry with essential online services. OcuSource's mission is to enhance access to products, information, and services to individuals with vision impairment, as well as the professionals who assist them, through a set of integrated web-based resources. OcuSource maintains an information and product website (http://www.ocusource.com), as well as auction services for used low vision and blindness products (http://www.ocusource.com/ocutrade ). The privately held company was founded in 2003, and is headquartered in Placentia, California.
InternetSpeech is the leader in voice Internet technology. Its voice browser, netECHO, provides businesses and consumers complete anytime, anywhere voice-based telephone access to the Internet. The company's patented technology can be bundled with other products such as traditional computer-based Internet access, locations-based services, or visual micro browsers. InternetSpeech also offers business software that automates the process of voice-enabling a company's Web site and applications in any language, furthering the development of a globally connected voice Internet. InternetSpeech, a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, Calif., founded in Dec., 1998.
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