iSpeech Partnership Brings "DriveSafe.ly" Text-to-Speech to Cobra Products

— January 14, 2011

Cobra Electronics Corporation, a manufacturer of mobile electronic devices, and iSpeech, a mobile speech technology provider, announced a partnership that will enable users with a BlackBerry or Android smartphone to instantly listen and respond to incoming text and e-mail messages in real time through their Citizen Band Radios and Marine products. By integrating iSpeech technology into these Cobra products, the user experience will be further enhanced, enabling Cobra product users to stay connected without having to look at their mobile device.

"Putting efforts into partnerships such as this with iSpeech is important to enhancing our products for a better user experience," says Sally Washlow, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra Electronics. "The iSpeech mobile application called DriveSafe.ly reads text (SMS) messages and emails aloud on our Bluetooth enabled CB radios, in real time, without drivers touching the mobile phone. This will be a great tool for many professional drivers."

iSpeech's DriveSafe.ly technology provides a smooth user experience with human-sounding text to speech (TTS) and human quality automated speech recognition (ASR). Once activated, it is possible to communicate by sending and receiving messages, hands-free. After an incoming text message is read aloud through the compatible CB radio's speaker system, the user can choose to replay the message, speak a response back to the sender or even call back the sender. By expanding the quality of communication, iSpeech's text-to-speech software combined with compatible Cobra products will provide a top-notch solution to consumers. The DriveSafe.ly text-to-speech feature is compatible with specific Cobra CB and marine products.

"iSpeech is committed to discouraging distracted driving through the use of speech technology and mobile applications. We are excited to team up with an industry leader like Cobra to deliver on this promise," says Yaron Oren, chief marketing officer, iSpeech.

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