Fonix still hanging in

Fonix announced financial results this week. They’ve been an interesting company to watch. I originally heard of them when they came out with a TextAloud clone called iSpeak.

It wasn’t a great product. It had some of the old DecTalk Voices and a couple of AT&T Voices. They spent a lot of money on it quickly, getting it into BestBuy and CompUSA, which turned out to be a big money loser. The product and any support for it disappeared pretty quickly. It has amazed me to watch companies try to copy TextAloud, throw a bunch of money and very poor execution and support at it, only to fail.

While they aren’t making money yet, they continue to hang in there, finding niches with voice recognition on game consoles, and even another use for the old DecTalk voices with this new offering from a licensee at