HIMS and Diotek Announce Plans to Enhance and Expand Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired Through New Global Partnership

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HIMS, the innovator in assistive technology for the visually impaired, and Diotek, leaders in OCR, speech and handwriting technologies for smartphones, announce merger that could shape the worldwide future of assistive technology for blind and visually impaired

the merger of these technologies will be the foundation of new products and feature enhancements that our blind and visually impaired customers will be excited about

HIMS International Corporation, the parent company of Austin-based HIMS Inc., a global leader in the assistive technology field, providing hardware as well as software solutions to the blind and visually impaired, including Braille notetakers, desktop and portable video magnifiers and OCR digital media players, was acquired on September 25, 2014 by Diotek Co., Ltd. Diotek, founded in 1999, is a software company specializing in multi-lingual technologies for smartphones including handwriting, voice recognition, OCR, Speech Synthesis and language translation tools.

Together, HIMS and Diotek have the resources and technical prowess to create new and innovative software and hardware solutions to benefit the blind and visually impaired, as well as international language and other human interface solutions, for enhancing electronic communication for consumers with a variety of abilities and disabilities around the world.

“Diotek intends to grow HIMS”, says Yang Taik Yoon, President of HIMS International Corporation. “This alliance enhances the resources and capabilities available to HIMS, offering us additional software development resources and core technologies to enhance the continued development of our assistive devices for the blind and visually impaired.”

“Diotek does not intend to change the focus of HIMS International’s mission”, added Min Cheol Kwak, the President of Diotek. “but rather, intends to enhance it with its additional development resources to provide blind and low vision users with technology that is even more mainstream competitive and compatible, ensuring the visually impaired are even more productive and competitive in school and the workplace.”

HIMS Inc. President, James McCarthy, in response to this new partnership shared “This partnership and its implications for the future of HIMS assistive technology is very exciting.” He continued, “Both companies have made significant contributions to their respective marketplaces and the merger of these technologies will be the foundation of new products and product-feature enhancements to our Braille, OCR and magnification products that our blind and visually impaired customers will be excited about as well.”

Austin, Texas-based HIMS Inc. and HIMS International Corporation will both continue to serve the blind and visually impaired as they have been doing for more than 15 years, providing assistive technology solutions for education, employment and entertainment, as well as top notch after–sales service and technical support for their customers in North America and around the world.

For more information about HIMS International and its assistive technology solutions including the Braille Sense notetakers for the blind, E-bot portable magnifiers for education, Blaze EZ OCR multi players and other products, visit http://www.himsintl.com.

For U.S. and Canadian-based customers, to learn more about HIMS Inc., the North American headquarters for HIMS product sales, marketing and support, visit http://www.hims-inc.com.

For more information about Diotek and its software solutions for handwriting, voice and optical character recognition as well as dictionary and translation tools, please visit http://www.diotek.com.

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