INTERNET ACCESS DEVICE, SERVICE UNLOCKS THE WEB FOR THE
Box, Freedom Box Network to create America Online-like environment
for the blind
-- March 18, 2002 -- Serotek Corporation today unveiled
Freedom Box, a new Internet accessibility product that unlocks
the Internet for the blind or anyone unable to use standard
Box, 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 Freedom
Box offering is the Freedom Box Network online community,
an Internet portal that provides content and services expressly
designed for the disabled community.
of the great ironies of the Internet revolution is that
the community that stands to benefit the most from the Internet
- the blind and disabled - have no easy way to access it,"
said Michael Calvo, the creator of Freedom Box who has been
blind since childhood. "Freedom Box and the Freedom Box
Network will do for the blind and disabled what America
Online did for the technology-challenged - make the Internet
easy and exciting to use and a central part of their lives."
Down the Accessibility Barrier
all Internet-access technology relies on a graphical user
interface (GUI) that requires the use of standard point-and-click
technology and a computer monitor. Freedom Box employs a
completely conversational interface as one of several mechanisms
that opens a wide array of the most desirable online services
to the disabled, including email, news services, Internet
chat, and online shopping, simply by talking. Indeed, no
monitor need be attached to the device.
Box connects to the Freedom Box Network, which is custom-designed
for audio-friendly content. Freedom Box also provides powerful
browsing technology that allows users to leave the Freedom
Box Network and surf the World Wide Web.
Box services will include:
- E-mail -
with recording, text-creation and address-book creation
- News and
- Online shopping
- custom designed for accessibility
- Online banking
and financial services including bill payment
- radio, games, audio books, movie channel (fully described)
- beginning with access to all disabled-friendly sites
hosting services with special site hosting rates for
businesses run by the disabled for the disabled
- Online auction
to the most recent U.S. census figures, nearly 54 million
are disabled, with about 14 million of those individuals
experiencing vision loss. Disabled Americans generate total
annual personal income of approximately $1 trillion, representing
significant spending power. For Internet retailers, this
represents a significant market that before Freedom Box
was virtually unreachable.
Box and the Freedom Box Network will not only empower the
blind and disabled community, it will also aggregate and
deliver to online merchants an entirely new and previously
untapped market," said Michael Fox, president and chief
operating officer of Serotek. "But even more important are
the unique spending characteristics of this community. Unlike
many of us, they will rely on the Internet for more than
just an occasional discretionary purchase, but also for
the day-to-day necessities of life."
Box Product Packages
offers three Freedom Box product packages:
Box PC software - for personal computers meeting minimum
system requirements* at the introductory price of $99.00.
Box SA - the plug-and-play Internet access appliance
for everyone, packaged in one of the smallest high-powered
devices on the market today and priced at $999.00.
Box Lifestyle - builds on the Freedom Box SA by adding
features and functionality designed for advanced computer
and Internet users. It comes complete with Freedom Box
software and will run virtually all applications customized
for disability access. Technical specifications for
Freedom Box Lifestyle, which is priced at $1,499.00,
can be found at www.freedombox.info/prodinfo.html
three product packages feature Serotek's unique Flexible
User Interface (FUI) which will allow users to combine keyboards,
keypads, and computer mice with the standard voice-operation
features of Freedom Box to create a user interface customized
to his or her own needs and skill sets. The company also
hopes soon to introduce touch-screen peripherals.
specifics, a demo, and ordering information is available
or by calling Serotek toll-free at 1-877-661-3785 to talk
to a customer-service representative.
Box Network, the online-service companion to Freedom Box,
is a complete Internet service provider and specially designed
online community focused on the interests and needs of the
disabled. This online community provides access to a wide
range of Internet services and content from providers such
as CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and more than
2,500 radio stations. Freedom Box Network will also offer
a variety of content produced exclusively for its online
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access to Freedom Box Network costs $21.95 per month and
is available through more than 4,000 local telephone numbers
providing dial-up access in the United States and Canada.
Broadband digital-subscriber line (DSL) service is provided
through DirectTV, with subscribers paying DirectTV a monthly
charge for broadband service and an additional $9.95 per
month for access to the Freedom Box Network online community.
Users purchasing the Freedom Box software who already have
an Internet service provider (ISP) can subscribe to the
Freedom Box Network for $9.95 per month.
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 Freedom Box Network community and to
investors interested in participating in this barrier-free
Internet opportunity. Information packets in Braille and
demonstration tapes are available by calling 1-877-661-3785.
in Minneapolis, Minn., Serotek Corporation designs and develops
Internet-access technologies and services that unlock the
power and potential of the Internet for the blind and disabled.
Online is registered trademark of America Online, Inc. Freedom
Box is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by America Online.
The minimum system requirements for Freedom Box software
are a 366 MHz or faster processor, 128 MB of RAM, and 600
MB of free hard-disk space. The recommended system requirements
are a 500 MHz or faster processor, 256 MB of RAM, and 1
GB of free hard-disk space. The software also requires a
multi-channel sound card, Microsoft Windows 98 or later,
and Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.1 or later.