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Ray Kurzweil Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Kurzweil to be Featured Speaker at
8th Annual Independent Inventors Conference November 17 and 18 in Philadelphia

Ray Kurzweil, inventor of the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the first device to transform print into computer-spoken words enabling blind people to read, will join senior USPTO officials and other experts in the fields of invention, marketing and intellectual property protection at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA, on November 17 and 18, 2003, to present two days of information-packed workshops and presentations for both novice and seasoned inventors.

Ray Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray has successfully founded and developed nine businesses in OCR, music synthesis, speech recognition, reading technology, virtual reality, financial investment, medical simulation, and cybernetic art. All of these technologies continue today as market leaders.

Ray Kurzweil was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002 and has received numerous national and international awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology.

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