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Signing technology becomes a consumer product:


SignTel, Inc. announces revolutionary pricing for state of the art technology that enables deaf and hard of hearing individuals to afford a signing engine for word processing, the Internet, reading emails, or as a personal aid in learning sign language.

North Haven, CT, November 1, 2001 - SignTel, Inc. announced today a text only version of its unique Signtel Interpreter software for individual, non-business, consumer users. The software product is geared for home or classroom use by individuals.

The Signtel Interpreter consumer version software is aggressively priced at $499.95. It includes the unique seamless signing that is one of the hallmarks of the Company, as well as its ability to recognize and sign over 30,000 words, as well as phrases and idioms. The product enables users to port Internet material and email, reading it all in sign language. One can also activate the SignTel Interpreter via hotkey from within Microsoft Word.

" Our deaf and hard of hearing employees have indicated that a text version is very desirable for many deaf and hard of hearing individuals" said Raanan Liebermann, President and CEO of SignTel. "These employees are dedicated and are an integral part of our development and market building" he continued.

The price of such technology has been a problem for many potential individual users who have been unable to afford the benefits of such new developments. SignTel, encouraged by its deaf and hard of hearing employees, decided to take a responsive and bold move to pioneer reduced consumer prices for its revolutionary technology. In the last three years SignTel has hired well over 100 deaf and hard of hearing employees and is proud to have among their ranks several that are deaf blind and deaf low vision.

While the product is not ASL, SignTel's deaf and hard of hearing employees state that though it may not be suitable for everyone, it enables signing without auxiliaries when desired and point out that many late deaf signers will be thrilled with the ability to now acquire such a unit. The unit is also an excellent tool, they point out for learning sign language. Users can control the speed of the signer from very fast to very slow, which is extremely valuable when learning how to sign. While this version is without speech recognition that is part of the Signtel Interpreter VR business version, upgrades to speech recognition version will become available. It should be noted however, that the unit does use voice in expressing the signed material. The software can be downloaded onto almost any windows based computer sold today.

SignTel, Inc. develops communication technologies for the deaf and hard of hearing and is a major employer of such individuals in 25 states. The Company is now accepting orders either on its web site or by mail and anticipates product shipment this month.
For more information visit the company's web site at www.signtelinc.com  or call 203-248-0600 (voice), or 800-459-5000 (TTY).
To order : http://www.signtelinc.com/special-textonly.htm 

For more information, visit the Company's Web site at:

or call 2203-248-0600.







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