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11 – Spokane Penny Stock Shuffle

Spokane Penny Stock Shuffle

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By May of 1987, it was obvious that an influx of cash would be necessary to remain open, and continue R&D as we were $72,000 in debt.  By now we had hired D. Keith Fischer, our electronics expert who deigned the SenSei Server.  We also had Lani Strege as an administrative assistant.  It was also apparent that Stan Colson and Bruce Jorgensen weren’t working out.  The two were dismissed by early June, and by June’s end Jorgenson sued us for compensation for the use of his suggestion of the word Sensei.

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10 – Barbie Dolls After The Party

Barbie Dolls After The Party

(Jumping For Joy)

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09 – Signing In Houston

Signing In Houston

(Houston, We Have A Signature)

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As stated earlier, with little or no help, the first six months were very difficult.  We started by researching the market.  I visited and demonstrated to almost 21 hospitals and medical centers form New York to Houston, to Denver, to California.  We had excellent acceptance, and there appeared to be no competition still.

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08 – Circle Bar ‘W’ (Rides To The Rescue)

Circle Bar ‘W’

(Rides To The Rescue)

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Well, in December of 1987 we at BWIP got a early Christmas present, we were told by congress, that the project had been cancelled, and the last date of employment for the 1200 BWIP employees would be February 28.  It was time to find another job. (more…)

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07 – Boise Isn’t Just Potatoes

Boise Isn’t Just Potatoes

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During August through November of 1987, a physical therapists form St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, Debra Purcel harassed me to help her by selling a SoftVoice system to a patient of hers in Boise.  I refused because of the fact the I wasn’t completely satisfied with the recognition rate of the SoftVoice system, only about 94% accurate, and the fact that her patient was on a respirator, which severely impaired her breathing and her voice.

 


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06 – God Works In Mysterious Ways

God Works In Mysterious Ways

(God Told Phil Collins To Yell At Me)God Works In Mysterious Ways

Over the next few months I continued to work on the SoftVoice System, by expanding it’s capabilities, improving it’s voice recognition rate with new software, adding the ability to draw in color, and I even got to system to speak back to you! I installed voice synthesizing for the first time. I guess at this point I created another first. I created a computer that will speak and listen to its user and do what it’s told.

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05 – M&M’s Replaced The Popcorn

M&M’s Replaced The Popcorn

It was great to see Herb alive and smiling. Herb was cautious, and happy. Herb eventfully left St. Elizabeth’s hospital to live and work on his own. A funny note I remembered as I completed the last entry. The last time I saw Herb I was with my new wife Sherry. She joined me on a trip to visit Herb. As we were leaving the hospital I was explaining how sever Herb’s injuries were and how close to death Herb was, when we heard someone behind us. It was Herb in his regular, not an electric wheelchair. Herb, by now, had the partial use of both of his arms. He could use his arms enough to push his own wheelchair and type on his keyboard.

M & M”s

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04 – 911 For An Apple IIe

911 For An Apple IIe

The First SoftVoice SystemAfter several months of therapy, rehabilitation, and instruction on how to live as a quadriplegic, Herb returned home, was working as an engineer, earning a good living, and doing very well on his own. In the fall of 1998; however, we lost Herb due to medical complications. Because of the quadriplegic’s paralysis, they remain physically inactive and often contract pneumonia and die of infection. This is how most quadriplegics die as we have recently seen with the actor, Christopher Reeves who became a C-2 Quadriplegic due to a horse ridding accident. Chris was the last disable person I got to work with using my SenSei System.

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03 – Handshake And A Smile

Handshake And A Smile

(Is It Possible?)Herb Smith Using The SoftVoice Computer

As I left ST. Elizabeth’s hospital that morning I had a strange sense of profound satisfaction. It was the first time I had ever designed and built something for someone who was so in need. It was gratifying. It was very exciting for me to see that someone could benefit so greatly from a product the I developed. I never experienced anything like this before. (more…)

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02 – One is for On, & Two is for Off

One is for On, & Two is for Off

During the remaining four days before the demonstration, I retreated to my garage both day and night. What would this country be without its garages? Some people think that it’s the entrepreneurial spirit that makes us so innovative, but it may very well be that most everyone has a garage.FIrst Voice Recognition Computer System

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