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Auditory Sciences to Demonstrate New Products at the TIES 2009 Fall Conference

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

December 10, 2009, Northfield, MN – Auditory Sciences, LLC., the developer of a new line of multi-language products for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, announced today that they will be demonstrating their complete line of products at the upcoming TIES (Technology Information Education Services) conference in Minneapolis, MN. This conference will be held December 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. A separate discussion and hands-on opportunity will be available on the 15th where a detailed presentation will be given. Additional information can be found by going to http://tchlrn.ties.k12.mn.us/ties2009/main/details.asp

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing products specifically to support the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. The firm's products enable individuals who are deaf to directly communicate with people who do not know sign language, and to do so anywhere, anytime, and even in multiple languages. Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an e-mail to info@auditorysciences.com to learn more about the firm and Interact-AS.

About TIES

TIES was created as Technology Information Education Services in 1967 to provide technology and information resources to school administrators, educators and students. It is now known solely by the acronym TIES. To learn more about TIES, please go to http://www.ties.k12.mn.us/.

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Robert Palmquist to be Keynote Speaker at the State of Minnesota's Department of Education Luncheon

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

November 14, 2009, Northfield, MN – Auditory Sciences, LLC., the developer of a new line of multi-language products for the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, announced today that Robert Palmquist, President and CEO of AuditorySciences parent company SpeechGear, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the State of Minnesota's Department of Education Meeting of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Professionals. This will be held on November 16, 2009, at the Metro ECSU campus which is located in St. Anthony, Minnesota. Additional information can be found by going to http://www.ecsu.k12.mn.us,

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing products specifically to support the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. The firm's products enable individuals who are deaf to directly communicate with people who do not know sign language, and to do so anywhere, anytime, and even in multiple languages. Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an e-mail to info@auditorysciences.com to learn more about the firm and Interact-AS.

About Metro ECSU

Since 1976, Metro ECSU has been helping schools and other government agencies fulfill their missions by delivering high quality services while reducing costs through collaboration. The mission of ESCU is to Deliver quality resources and services into the hands of our education partners including remaining current on educational trends and evidence based practices that support student learning; collaborating with education partners to continually identify their needs, engaging partners in defining, pursuing and providing quality resources and services, providing high quality, cost- effective, customer centered resources and services., utilizing qualitative and quantitative data to support continuous improvement of resources and services, and communicating and responding to cultivate positive customer and community relations.

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SpeechGear Announces the Formation of Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

October 25, 2009, Northfield, MN –SpeechGear Inc. announced today the formation of a new wholly owned subsidiary called Auditory Sciences that is focused on removing communications for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Communities. “SpeechGear commonly receives requests from individuals from the deaf and hard of hearing communities for us to develop a line of products that will enable them to communicate with people who do not know sign language,” said Robert Palmquist, SpeechGear's President and CEO. “To meet this need, we have formed a new wholly owned subsidiary called Auditory Sciences, LLC, which is focused on this market. The first product, which is called Interact-AS, will be released on November 1 of this year.” To learn more about details on Auditory Science and our forthcoming products, please visit us at www.auditorysciences.com.

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm that is removing the language barrier by developing a complete line of products that instantly translate whatever you see, hear, say, read, write or type. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com to find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products.

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing products specifically to support the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. The firm's products enable individuals who are deaf to directly communicate with people who do not know sign language, and to do so anywhere, anytime, and even in multiple languages. Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an e-mail to info@auditorysciences.com to learn more about the firm and Interact-AS.

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SpeechGear Receives Achievement Award from the U.S. Commerce Association

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

September 2, 2009 – Washington D.C. – The U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) ) announced today that SpeechGear, Inc. has been selected for the 2009 Best of Northfield Award in the Custom Computer Programming Services category. The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association.

About SpeechGear

SpeechGear is removing the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you see, hear, say, read, write or type. From an individual cellphone, to enterprise wide deployments, SpeechGear has a product for your multi-lingual communications needs. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com for more information about SpeechGear's products.

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SpeechGear Announces Improved Compadre:Interactâ„¢ Feature for Public Security Personnel

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

August 26, 2009 - Northfield, MN – SpeechGear, Inc., the leading provider of instant language translation products, announced today that their Interact software, which translates conversations, now includes features specifically designed to support Public Safety personnel. An example is Interact's new repeat mode.

“One of the needs expressed by customers in the public safety sector is the ability to have Interact continually repeat a given set of phrases,” said Jeff Lenk, SpeechGear's Director of Software. “As a result of this customer input, SpeechGear has improved the repeat mode of its Interact product.”

With this feature, you can speak a phrase such as, “This area is not safe, please leave immediately,” and the English and translated versions will be continuously spoken aloud. Combine this capability with SpeechGear's optional bullhorn speaker and the result is a system that goes beyond translating conversations to one that also assists in crowd control for multi-lingual situations

About Compadre:Interact

Interact is one of six modules that are included in SpeechGear's integrated Compadre suite, which removes the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you see, hear, say, read, write or type. With Interact, you speak to the system, it repeats what you said in a different language and at the same time generates a complete transcript of the conversation. No human interpreter, no dictionaries, no memorizing of pre-recorded phrases, no expensive translation services; just instant spoken translation of conversations.

About SpeechGear

SpeechGear is removing the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you see, hear, say, read, write or type. From an individual cellphone, to enterprise wide deployments, SpeechGear has a product for your multi-lingual communications needs. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com for more information about SpeechGear's products.

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SpeechGear Improves Ability for users to Add New Vocabulary to their Instant Translation Products

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

August 14, 2009 - Northfield, MN – SpeechGear, Inc., the leading provider of instant language translation products, announced the release of an upgrade to its entire Compadre Suite that improves the ability for customers to add their own vocabulary to the system.

“One of the needs expressed by customers is the ability to add their own vocabulary to the systems,” said Robert Palmquist, SpeechGear's President and CEO. “This is a capability that we've had in our products for sometime, but it was fairly difficult for individuals to use – this new release simplifies this process for entry of translation meanings as well as pronunciations.”

New terms and their associated meaning are entered into the suite's Composerâ„¢ translation engine. This translation engine is shared by all of the Compadre modules. With built-in vocabulary editing and list management functionality, Composer serves as the single-source location for updating and sharing translation vocabulary between Compadre systems. The ability to add new vocabulary and use this in generating translations is part of SpeechGear's patented technology for instant language translation. This particular technology is covered in U.S. Patent 7,359,849.

In addition to adding vocabulary to the Composer translation engine, SpeechGear has also included the ability to add the same vocabulary to Interact's speech recognition engine. As an example, you can enter the acronym HUMVEE® and its appropriate translation(s) into the Composer translation engine, and tell Interact that you prefer to pronounce HUMVEE as a single word versus the individual letters “H” “U” “M” “V” “E” “E”. With these entries, your entire suite of Compadre products is automatically updated so that HUMVEE is properly translated whenever and wherever it is used in your communications.

About SpeechGear

SpeechGear is removing the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you see, hear, say, read, write or type. From an individual cellphone, to enterprise wide deployments, SpeechGear has a product for your multi-lingual communications needs. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com for more information about SpeechGear's products.

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SpeechGear Announces Hands-Free Eyes-Free Interface for Interact

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

July 29, 2009 - Northfield, MN – SpeechGear, Inc., the leading provider of instant language translation products, announced today that Compadre:Interact™ now includes a complete hands-free and eyes-free interface.

“One of the needs expressed by customers in the military and public safety sectors is the ability to use Compadre:Interact while at the same time keeping their eyes free to maintain situational awareness, and their hands free to hold other objects or respond to the specific situation,” said Robert Palmquist, SpeechGear's President and CEO. “As a result of this customer input, SpeechGear has improved the hands-free and eyes-free interface that is part of our Interact product.”

With this interface, customers can use voice-commands and audio cues to operate Interact. Examples include turning Interact's microphone on or off, selecting the language being used, verifying that Interact has properly transcribed a spoken sentence, editing the sentence if necessary, generating a translation, having the translation repeated, and many additional features. All of these features are now accessible in a complete hands-free and eyes-free manner.

About Compadre:Interact
Interact is one of six modules that are included in SpeechGear's integrated Compadre suite, which is designed to remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you see, hear, say, read, write or type. The focus of Interact is instant translation of what you say and hear. With Interact, you speak to the system, it repeats what you said in a different language and at the same time generates a complete transcript of the conversation. No human interpreter, no dictionaries, no memorizing of pre-recorded phrases; just real-time speech-to-speech translation of conversations.

About SpeechGear

SpeechGear, Inc. provides innovative solutions for mobile computing platforms such as laptop and tablet computers, PDAs and cellular telephones. These solutions combine voice, touch screen, keyboard and camera-based interfaces to provide convenient, effective and efficient use of these mobile platforms in a wide range of applications and environments. SpeechGear's suite of instant language translation software, called Compadreâ„¢, allows individuals to directly communicate with each other even though they do not share a common language. Combine this with SpeechGear's Enduranceâ„¢ Tablet PC, and you have a complete solution for all of your instant language translation needs. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com for more information about SpeechGear's products.

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SpeechGear Moves its Corporate Offices

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

July 27, 2009, Northfield, MN – SpeechGear, Inc. the leader in instant translation products, announced that they have moved their corporate offices. SpeechGear's new address and contact information is 1310 Bollenbacher Drive Northfield, MN 55057; telephone: 507-664-9123; fax: 775-703-6730; email: info@speechgear.com; website www.speechgear.com.

About SpeechGear

SpeechGear, Inc. provides innovative solutions for mobile computing platforms such as laptop and tablet computers, PDAs and cellular telephones. These solutions combine voice, touch screen, keyboard and camera-based interfaces to provide convenient, effective and efficient use of these mobile platforms in a wide range of applications and environments. SpeechGear's suite of instant language translation software, called Compadreâ„¢, allows individuals to directly communicate with each other even though they do not share a common language. Combine this with SpeechGear's Enduranceâ„¢ Tablet PC, and you have a complete solution for all of your instant language translation needs. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com for more information about SpeechGear's products.

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SpeechGear wins Industry Award

Submitted by teej on Aug<br>&nbsp;04

July 21, 2009 - Northfield, MN – SpeechGear, Inc., the industry leader in instant translation products, announced today that its Compadre product suite has been selected by Vertical Systems Reseller Magazine (VSR) and the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) as being the winner of the 2nd Annual RSPA/VSR Innovative Solution Award for the In-Store Customer Touch Points category. This award was presented at the 2009 RetailNOW Convention & Expo, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. SpeechGear was one of only six organizations to receive an award, and the first and only firm to do so in the Customer Touch Points Category.

“The Innovative Solution Awards provide industry recognition for companies who provide the best of the best in leading edge, creative solutions,” said Joe Finizio, RSPA President & CEO. “After evaluating the hundreds of applications, our committee selected SpeechGear's Compadre product suite for the In-Store Customer Touch Points category, which is focused on technology that maximizes the in-store customer experience."

SpeechGear's products enable employees to overcome language barriers by directly communicating with customers using the customer's language. For example, SpeechGear's Interact module instantly translates conversations – whatever you say or hear is instantly translated and spoken in the desired language. This capability provides retailers with a low-cost solution for reaching out to the approximately 50 million people living in the U.S. that have limited or no knowledge of English; which equates to nearly one out of every five households. The result is increased same store sales revenue and lower operational costs.

“We are very appreciative of the committee selecting our Compadre product line for it's first ever award in this category,” said Robert Palmquist, SpeechGear's President and CEO. “In these difficult economic times, Compadre is one way that retailers can lower operational costs and at the same time increase sales by reaching out to the one-in-five households that have limited or no knowledge of English.”

About SpeechGear

SpeechGear, Inc. provides innovative solutions for mobile computing platforms such as laptop and tablet computers, PDAs and cellular telephones. These solutions combine voice, touch screen, keyboard and camera-based interfaces to provide convenient, effective and efficient use of these mobile platforms in a wide range of applications and environments. SpeechGear's suite of instant language translation software, called Compadreâ„¢, allows individuals to directly communicate with each other even though they do not share a common language. Combine this with SpeechGear's Enduranceâ„¢ Tablet PC, and you have a complete solution for all of your instant language translation needs. Visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com for more information about SpeechGear's products.

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Financial Partnership Boosts Local Business

Submitted by Anonymous on Feb<br>&nbsp;03

By: DAVID HENKE, Staff Writer Northfield News

NORTHFIELD — Robert Palmquist was looking for investors to help expand SpeechGear, his small, local business. The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation was looking for innovative businesses with products “ahead of the curve.”

The two found a perfect match in each other.

Under a working partnership established earlier this summer, SMIF is loaning SpeechGear $175,000, and investing roughly $25,000 in capital in the small business, which produces digital language translation software.

The partnership is a substantial boon to SpeechGear, said SpeechGear President and CEO Palmquist. The business, Palmquist said, is currently looking to expand its software into four new markets: the biomedical field, retail stores, banking and the K-12 educational setting. Last year, SpeechGear was awarded a contract to create a portable language translation device for the United States Army — a contract that is still in limbo, after routing error sent its funding to another branch of the Army.
In the meantime, Palmquist said, the partnership will help SpeechGear pick up the slack. With the funding, Palmquist hopes to fund field trials of his products in each of his four, target consumer settings. Additionally, Palmquist's partnership with SMIF should help him network with biomedical companies in the region, since SMIF has established relationships with major biomedical organizations, like the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Palmquist said.
“This is money that we can use to go after those much larger spaces,” Palmquist said. “Getting this seed money is a huge benefit to us.”
“When we see businesses that are very intriguing, with a lot of market potential, we take an interest,” said Tim Penny, the President and CEO of SMIF. “We are in a world economy, and SpeechGear's product is something that has utility in many, many sectors.”