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SANTA CRUZ, California, September 27, 2002 – Haptek
Inc., known for highly functional and entertaining 3D characters, has recently
detected the beginning of a possible economic turnaround – Haptek is
experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of requests for integration of
Haptek technology into third party applications. “We haven’t seen this amount of activity for more than eighteen months,”
says Jack Wiley, CFO of Haptek. “After
the economic downturn most companies were lying-low and limiting integration of
new technology into their products, it's now becoming more and more apparent
that people want new, fresh ways to use and experience technology, and
businesses are turning to Haptek to enhance their product offerings. Haptek is
becoming an important part of the user interface because companies want to
differentiate their products and provide their end users with a more
'human' and entertaining experience."
The mathematical models of emotive behavior used in Haptek's
characters results in highly realistic, believable spontaneous performances. In
fact, these Software Personalities create characters whose appearance and
behavior are so realistic that the Medical Profession is starting to use them
to demonstrate disorders as well as to teach and perform.
"Medical Learning Company, a Kurzweil Technologies
Company, is incorporating Haptek’s Generation-4 software into its new
knowledge-based medical training systems - thereby giving doctors and the
medical community at large real-world interaction with patients in a simulated
yet fully interactive experience," says David Burkholder, Medical Learning
The quotes below, from Haptek partners, illustrate the wide
range of applications where an automatic, realistic character has added value,
functionality, and customer appeal.
Haptek’s partner KnowledgeView Ltd., a leader in the
provision of innovative systems for managing content and its presentation in
publishing and communications, is actively integrating the Haptek technology
with KnowledgeView’s RAPID Publish web services. Managing Director, Dr. Ali Assam, stated that ‘we find the
near-video and advanced emotions capability of Haptek of tremendous value to
our publishing and corporate communications products, enabling us to provide
solutions for dynamic news/sportscast and for CRM’.
"Cognos Web Services has fully integrated an active
Haptek character utilizing voice recognition for data entry, allowing the user
to actually talk with the synthetic personality, while Cognos Business
Intelligence software responds accordingly to the query and utilizes a
text-to-speech system for the character’s response. The end result is a fully
autonomous character that assists the user in the Cognos Web Services query
system," Don Campbell, VP Product Innovation & Technology, Cognos,
"Imparta is committed to creating online learning
simulations that offer the same immersive experience as our CD-based
products. We conducted a very thorough
examination of all the available technologies, from streaming video to various
types of animated characters. Haptek is
not only the leader in its field, but also offers the best tradeoff between
bandwidth and quality available on the market today," said Richard Barkey,
CEO, Imparta Ltd. (www.imparta.com).
Dr. Juan E. Gilbert of Auburn University writes, "I
chose to use Haptek because Haptek's tools give me development
flexibility. The Gen 4 plugin gives me
the controlling language across browsers.
This is very powerful! The
PeoplePutty development tool gives me flexibility to create a diverse
representation of personas for all of my needs. After an extensive review of several tools, we found the Haptek
Gen 4 plugin and PeoplePutty combination to be the best 1-2 punch on the market
for animated character development!"
"When we sought a solution to endow a face to our
flagship product, Haptek's generation4 technology stood out immediately from
anything we ever saw from other companies.
Where other products seem far less lifelike, not to mention robotic or
cartoonish, Haptek's distinctive avatars breath life into our material. Their seamless combination of a robust and
highly customizable character creation tool, People Putty, with their delivery
tools for the web and desktop applications makes for a compelling experience.
We are profoundly excited by our relationship with Haptek." Andrew Slovak,
President of Well-Spoken, Inc. (www.wellspoken.net)
Zabaware is committed to giving computers the power of
thought. We produce artificially intelligent chatter bots capable of being a
digital secretary and a companion. However, no matter how intelligent the
artificial intelligence brain is, it must have a good “body.” The integration
of Haptek’s 3D character engine and Zabaware’s artificial intelligence software
is a natural one. Haptek is clearly the leader in the field when it comes to
creating realistic real-time 3D characters," said Robert Medeksza,
President of Zabaware (www.zabraware.com).
For more information on Haptek’s Generation-4 commercial
software - please contact Jack Wiley, Business Development,
Haptek, Inc. at (831) 728-0770 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack Wiley, CFO
P.O. Box 965
Freedom, California 95019-0965
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