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    Breakthrough Internet Device for Disabled Uses Fonix Voice Recognition, Text-To-Speech Technologies

    Breakthrough Internet Device for Disabled Uses Fonix Voice Recognition, Text-To-Speech Technologies

    SALT LAKE CITY and MINNEAPOLIS, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fonix(R) Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: FONX), a leading provider of natural-user interface technology and voice solutions for wireless and mobile devices, and Serotek Corporation today announced that Serotek has selected Fonix Speech Solutions for use with Freedom Box, a new Internet accessibility product that unlocks the Internet for the blind or anyone unable to use standard point-and-click technology.

    Freedom Box is a breakthrough in World Wide Web accessibility that allows a user to navigate the Internet strictly by voice command -- a gigantic step forward for the visually impaired or physically disabled. Fonix Text-To-Speech (TTS) and Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), embedded within the Freedom Box platform, allow users to take advantage of many of the Internet's most desirable services, such as sending and receiving email, shopping online, conducting online research, and accessing news and entertainment.

    "Fonix software has a remarkably small footprint, making it an ideal choice for the Freedom Box software platform," said Mike Calvo, chief executive officer of Serotek Corporation. "The programming versatility from Fonix also plays an important role in our design of Freedom Box's Flexible User Interface, which will allow a user to blend voice operation with a variety of other accessibility tools, such as keyboards, computer mice and touch-screen peripherals, to create a customized interface best suited to the user."

    Fonix, now deploying its DECtalk TTS product, provides extremely high quality and intelligible TTS functionality in embedded applications. Fonix technology speaks standard XML (eXtensible Markup Language) Web text in any of six Western languages; it also offers extensive user controls that enable it to adapt to a variety of real-world environments. On the voice recognition side, Fonix has developed a powerful solution in Fonix ASR, which is available in U.S. English, U.K. English, French, German, and Swedish, and accommodates finite-state grammar, allowing complex speech input.

    "Working with Serotek on Freedom Box demonstrates how Fonix technologies play out in yet another accessibility market," said Kurt Flygare, vice president of sales for Fonix Corporation. "The natural sounding speech and near real-time response of Fonix TTS is ideal for those with disabilities. What's more, our status as the only provider of automatic speech recognition technology for Freedom Box users is a tribute to the overall reliability and accuracy of Fonix ASR."

    Freedom Box Product Options

    To provide maximum operational and pricing flexibility for users, Freedom Box offers a series of products, all utilizing Fonix technology. Freedom Box PC software turns any PC meeting minimum system requirements* into a Freedom Box. Freedom Box Standalone is a plug-and-play Internet appliance -- packaged in one of the smallest, high-powered personal computers on the market today -- that enables individuals to surf the Web hands-free without the need for a PC. Freedom Box Lifestyle picks up where the Freedom Box Standalone leaves off, adding features and functionality designed for advanced computer and Internet users.

    *For more information about Freedom Box and its groundbreaking Internet accessibility technology, including system requirements and purchase options, visit the Serotek website at or contact the company toll-free at 1-877-661-3785.

    About Fonix Corporation

    Fonix Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: FONX) is a leading provider of natural-user interface technology solutions for wireless and mobile devices, Internet and telephony systems, and vehicle telematics. Leading chip manufacturers, independent software and hardware vendors, and Internet content and service providers incorporate Fonix technology to provide their customers with an easier and more convenient user experience. Fonix products, including Text-To-Speech (TTS), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), and Handwriting Recognition (HWR), provide the most natural communication solutions available. For additional information, visit , or contact a Fonix representative at (801) 553-6600.

    Investor Contact, Michelle Aamodt, (801) 328-0161,

    About Serotek Corporation

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

    Fonix and DECtalk are registered trademarks of Fonix Corporation. All other product or services names are the property of their respective owners.

    Note: The statements released by Fonix Corporation that are not purely historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the Company's expectations, hopes, intentions, and strategies for the future. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties that may affect the Company's business prospects and performance. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Risk factors include general economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors as discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. The Company does not undertake any responsibility to update the forward-looking statements contained in this release.