AT&T INTRODUCES NEW VOICE ACTIVATED DIALER FOR MOBILE PHONE (Product Announcement)
AT&T INTRODUCES NEW VOICE ACTIVATED DIALER FOR MOBILE PHONE
LAS VEGAS, Nev., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) announced today that it has introduced a new Voice Activated Dialer for its Mobile Cellular Telephone 3030 that AT&T said will set the standard for voice recognition technology in the cellular market.
The AT&T Voice Activated Dialer incorporates voice recognition technology developed by AT&T Bell Laboratories and components manufactured by AT&T Microelectronics. AT&T introduced it last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
"AT&T pioneered voice recognition in cellular with the Liberty Dialer in 1986," said Dan O'Donnell, AT&T product manager. "The new Voice Activated Dialer represents significant advancements in design, price and the application of technology to that pioneer effort."
The voice dialer is built into a replacement handset cradle for the AT&T Mobile 3030, highlighting the dialer's unique compact design. The dialer also comes with a new AT&T-patented directional, noice cancelling microphone that clips onto a car visor.
The microphone improves the accuracy of the dialer and the sound quality of phone conversations by effectively reducing background noises such as traffic.
"We believe this dialer, enhanced by our new 'hands-free' microphone, will set the standard for voice dialing accuracy in the cellular market," said O'Donnell. "It's easy to install, easy to program and easy to use."
The AT&T Voice Activated Dialer allows users to program up to 62 different names or phrases and associated phone numbers into memory. Users can then "dial" programmed numbers by voice command through either the hands-free microphone or the 3030 handset.
Users follow a series of simple voice prompts from the dialer to program phone numbers. A bilingual feature allows users to receive the voice prompts in either English or Spanish.
The dialer is also speaker-dependent to ensure accuracy for customers. It can only be activated by the voice of the person who programmed a particularly phrase. It will, however, allow multiple users to program different phrases and numbers.
"AT&T Bell Labs is clearly the world leader in voice recognition," said Ben Benjamin, research and development director of the cellular telephone business unit. "We have integrated our superior voice processing technology with AT&T-manufactured components, giving our customers the best voice recognition capability available in any consumer product."
The AT&T Voice Activated Dialer is self-installable for those users who already own an AT&T Mobile 3030. Users can enhanced their phone by simply replacing the handset cradle with one that includes the dialer.
The products is expected to retail for less than $200, a ground- breaking price for high-accuracy, voice activated dialers. It will be available mid-year at AT&T Phone Centers nationwide.
/CONTACT: Steven Emery, 201-581-4067, or at home, 908-873-8387, or Mike Zeaman, 201-581-3938, or at home, 908-227-1105, both of AT&T/
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