Improved Usability For Consumers With Certain Hearing Loss, Low- And No-Vision Disabilities And Use In Noisy Environments

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Improved Usability For Consumers With Certain Hearing Loss, Low - And No -Vision Disabilities And Use In Noisy Environments

SECAUCUS, NJ (January 04, 2006) * Panasonic's new model KX -TG2388B 2.4GHz cordless telephone* boasts a host of innovative features and technologies to improve the quality of telephone conversations for consumers with certain hearing loss and low -or no -vision disabilities. The KX -TG2388B uses both Bone Conduction technology to improve conversations for hearing -impaired users as well as integrated speech synthesis to assist low -vision users. Bone Conduction technology is incorporated into a number of corded phones already, but Panasonic, a leader in telecommunications, brings this technology cordless.

The new model replaces the conventional speaker with a vibrating module in the telephone's handset to conduct sound directly through the bones of the skull, bypassing the outer ear entirely. Result: telephone conversations that can be conducted in noisy environments and improvements to users with certain hearing loss.

"As digital technology advances, we've been able to develop features that can noticeably enhance a user's lifestyle," said Frank Lasorsa, merchandising vice president for Panasonic's Communications/ Home Office Products Division. "With our new model KX -TG2388B, we're delivering on Panasonic's direction to make telephones accessible to nearly everyone."

The new model is also equipped with a number of speech synthesis "voice announcement" features. In addition to displaying information on the telephone's LCD display, voice announcements via the telephone's handset or base speaker will be digitally "spoken." The announcements include:

• Talking Caller ID**: Panasonic is the only consumer electronics company to use a true Text -to -Speech engine to phonetically speak the names received by the Caller ID feature. The caller's name and phone number are also displayed on the phone's LCD display.
• Talking Phone Book: "Speaks" the name and number of a pre -programmed entry, whenever the user retrieves it from the phone book.
• Talking Base and Handset Keypad: Announces the number or function when the corresponding button is pressed on the base or handset keypad. These functions or buttons include: one -touch dial, redial list, call list and number keys.

The new Panasonic KX -TG2388B 2.4 GHz cordless telephone became available in October, 2005, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $199.95.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Information about Panasonic products is available at Additional company information for journalists is available at

* Panasonic cordless phones make and receive calls within a range determined by maximum power allowed by FCC rules. Range depends on local reception conditions.

** Phone company -supplied voice mail, Caller ID and visual Call Waiting require subscription to optional phone company services.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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