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Freedombox

FREEDOMBOX NETWORK LAUNCHES ONLINE SHOPPING MALL FOR THE BLIND AND DISABLED

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Bob Veitch
Serotek Corporation
(952) 831-3030
pr@freedombox.info 

David Heinsch
Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc.
(612) 455-1768
dheinsch@psbpr.com 

FREEDOMBOX NETWORK LAUNCHES ONLINE SHOPPING MALL FOR THE BLIND AND DISABLED

MINNEAPOLIS - May 6, 2002 - Serotek Corporation today announced the launch of its online shopping mall service on its Freedombox Network, a unique Internet portal that provides content and services specifically designed for the disabled community. The move will enable people who are blind and disabled to shop and purchase millions of items over the Internet by voice command alone.

Freedombox Network is the online service behind FreedomboxT, a new and unique combination of Internet accessibility software and optional hardware that unlocks the Internet for the blind and others unable to use standard point-and-click technology.

"Our new Freedombox online shopping mall will literally allow our users to shop the Net just by speaking to it," says Mike Calvo, chief executive officer, Serotek Corp. "The launch of our online shopping mall is an important first step in our efforts to bring the products and services of many online retailers to the blind and disabled in an environment where accessibility is guaranteed. It also reflects our ability to connect online retailers with a previously hard-to-reach market."

Freedombox Network will provide its subscribers with access to the extensive array of consumer products available through retail sites including Amazon.com, including audio books, home electronics, housewares, gifts, clothing, music, software, tools, and toys. Many of the buying services and functionality of some of these sites, such as easy user registration, search, purchasing, customer product reviews, and sample audio tracks will also be available to Freedombox Network subscribers.

About Freedombox and the Freedombox Network Freedombox, which combines special browsing software, high-quality speech-recognition and audio technology, allows users to access and navigate email and the Internet using simple, intuitive voice commands. An integral part of the Freedombox offering is the Freedombox Network online community, which is custom-designed for audio-friendly content. Freedombox also provides powerful browsing technology that allows users to leave the Freedombox Network and surf the World Wide Web.

Freedombox's growing variety of services include: E-mail - with recording, text-creation and address-book creation capabilities News and information services Online shopping - custom designed for accessibility Employment search resources Entertainment - radio, games, audio books.

Research, beginning with access to all disabled-friendly sites Internet-hosting services with special site hosting rates for businesses run by the disabled for the disabled

Coming soon:

Document scanning

Internet chat

Online banking and financial services including bill payment

movie channel (fully described)

Online auction sites

Serotek offers three Freedombox product packages ranging from software to full Internet accessibility appliances. Specific information on product features, pricing for Freedombox products and Freedombox Network, a demo, and ordering information are available at www.freedombox.info or by calling Serotek toll-free at 1-877-661-3785. Information packets in Braille and demonstration tapes are also available through the toll-free number.

Additional information

Serotek invites interested parties to visit its Web site at www.freedombox.info for more detailed descriptions of the products and services. This invitation is extended to companies who are interested in providing their products and services to the Freedombox Network community through the Shopping Mall and to investors interested in participating in this barrier-free Internet opportunity.

About Serotek Corporation

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Serotek Corporation designs and develops Internet-access technologies and services that unlock the power and potential of the Internet for the blind, elderly, and disabled.

 

 

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