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LOGITECH ANNOUNCES AUDIOMAN COMPACT DIGITAL AUDIO TOOL FOR THE WINDOWS 3.1 ENVIRONMENT; ADDS SPOKEN MESSAGES AND SOUND EFFECTS

 LOGITECH ANNOUNCES AUDIOMAN COMPACT DIGITAL AUDIO TOOL FOR THE WINDOWS 3.1 ENVIRONMENT; ADDS SPOKEN MESSAGES AND SOUND EFFECTS
 FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Logitech Inc., international market leader in pointing devices and hand-held scanners, today announced AudioMan, a compact digital audio tool for the Windows 3.1 environment. The product will be available in December at a list price of $179.
 AudioMan is an external audio device with an integrated speaker and microphone. It attaches to any IBM PC or compatible via the parallel port, allowing it to produce audio (voice, sound, and music) within a sound-compatible application. The product uses Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), a cross-document interface standard that many Windows applications have adopted. OLE allows users to integrate a variety of data formats (i.e., graphics, sound, and text) from diverse sources within a single document.
 "AudioMan's 'no-board' design is the easiest way for corporations to add sound to their installed base of PCs," says David Pelton, Logitech product marketing manager for sound. "Users don't even have to open their machines to install the product. And clearly, sound is a very straightforward way to increase the clarity and impact of business communications."
 AudioMan is the first peripheral audio device which integrates a speaker, a uni-directional microphone, and a board into one external unit. Since it plugs directly into the parallel port of any desktop, laptop, or notebook machine, it is extremely versatile. In addition, Logitech has designed a special "pass-through" connection for the parallel port, enabling a printer to be plugged in and used at the same time.
 AudioMan's ergonomic shape is compact and easy to handle, yet the product also incorporates industrial-strength materials in its design to withstand the rigors of business travel. It can be used hands-free on the desk, or hand-held.
 AudioMan makes sound a practical business tool by enabling users to easily add verbal notes to their work, rather than written ones. For example, a person working on a spreadsheet who has a question about a total can simply add a voice note to the cell containing that total. When someone else selects the same cell, the message is played back. AudioMan records not only voice, but sounds from other sources, such as tapes and CDs via the audio input port. Also, an output port allows the connection of headphones. AudioMan is powered by standard "AA" batteries or by AC.
 Logitech's software driver is easy to install and features a control panel that detects battery level and allows adjustment of output volume. AudioMan takes advantage of the recording and playback capabilities included in Windows 3.1 to produce quality sound in any Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) application. AudioMan will work with any Windows software supporting sound using WAV files.
 AudioMan requires an IBM AT or compatible system with 286, 386 or higher processor, PC or MS-DOS version 3.3 or later, Microsoft windows 3.1, and one parallel port.
 Initially, Logitech will offer AudioMan to corporate customers in order to help educate and develop the sound market via direct sales. Eventually, corporate resellers will be signed on, and sales opportunities will be funneled through them. Individuals can purchase AudioMan directly from Logitech by calling the customer sales number at 800-231-7717.
 Logitech manufactures and markets "Senseware" -- products designed to give human-like "senses" such as sight, sound, and touch to the computer, making human-to-computer communication more intuitive and natural. Retail and OEM products of the company and its affiliates include pointing devices (such as mice and trackballs), hand-held scanners, digital cameras, pen digitizers, joysticks, sound products, and related software applications for IBM, Macintosh, and other platforms. Logitech International, the financial holding company for the Logitech Group, is traded publicly in Switzerland on the Zurich and Geneva exchanges. With operational headquarters in Fremont, the group maintains manufacturing facilities in Fremont; Hsinchu, Taiwan; Shanghai, China; and Cork, Ireland; and offices in major cities in the United States, Europe, and the Far East.
 NOTE: Logitech, AudioMan and Senseware are trademarks of Logitech. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.
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 /CONTACT: Amy Rupley, media relations specialist, 510-713-4516, or Serge Timacheff, senior manager of public relations, 510-713-4439, both of Logitech/ CO: Logitech Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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