Smart Hal, a very happy ending

19th Apr, 2009

19th April 2009: Described as "a solid product" by AFB's AccessWorld and "very exciting" by Microsoft's Technical evangelist, Dan Hubbell. Smart Hal quickly established itself as a popular member of the Dolphin range of access products delivering independence to blind and visually impaired people on the move. As the first screen reader for devices running Windows Mobile 6 Standard, translated into over 11 languages, Smart Hal has received widespread recognition since its initial unveiling at the California State University Conference on Technology and Disability in March 2007.

Featuring seamless integration with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange server, Windows Mobile is the preferred choice of many businesses and individuals wishing to remain connected and productive while on the move. The advent of Dolphin screen reading software for Windows Mobile 5 & Windows Mobile 6 was timely and extremely well received by many.

The Smart Hal success story didn't go unnoticed by other established Assistive Technology companies, including international speech experts, Nuance Communications Inc. As well as developing the powerful multilingual Eloquence and RealSpeak TTS, Nuance develop the benchmark in mobile phone screen reading, Nuance Talks for Symbian Series 60 devices.

"Extending the range of supported devices has been a central goal for Talks since it's inception. In order to deliver solutions to a wider audience, Dolphin and Nuance recognized a mutual opportunity to collaborate on Talks for Windows Mobile." Torsten Brand, Mobile Applications Product Manager for Nuance Communications.

Dolphin Computer Access Group Chairman, Steve Palmer explains "Dolphin recognise an international and expert solution provider in our trusted partners, Nuance Communications. Nuance are extremely well respected for their expert service, support and for delivering cutting edge products, first.

With this in mind, Dolphin has decided to cease selling Smart Hal directly to our end users and will focus our Smart Hal development on our collaborative activities with Nuance. Talks is clearly the leading solution for visually impaired mobile phone users and we are delighted to be able to offer all of our Smart Hal users a free cross grade to Nuance Talks for windows Mobile."

Existing Smart Hal customers that would like to make the free cross grade to Nuance Talks for windows Mobile should contact Dolphin Computer Access by email or by phone confirming: Smart Hal serial number, IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and their complete contact details. NOTE: You can retrieve your IMEI number on most handsets by entering *#06#.

The final date to register your Smart Hal serial number for the free cross grade is Friday 19th June 2009. Terms and Conditions apply.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of speech, text and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications and professional services. For more information, please visit nuance.com