Lake Forest-based Voice Assist Inc. is collaborating with former teen idol and singer Frankie Avalon on a series of commercials promoting Voice Assist’s hands-free speech technology and encouraging safe driving.
Drivers can use the Voice Assist technology to give voice commands to make calls, send text messages and update their Facebook or Twitter profiles. The speech command technology ensures that drivers are not distracted by looking at their cell phones while on the road.
“Texting while driving is a dangerous combination and illegal in many states. We’re excited to have such a well known celebrity as Frankie Avalon to help create public awareness about the Voice Assist handsfree voice activated solution,” said Michael Metcalf, Voice Assist’s CEO.
Avalon was a teenage star, singer and trumpet player in the 1950s and ‘60s; several of his songs rose to the top of the charts. He also appeared in classic films such as “The Alamo” with John Wayne, “Beach Party” with Annette Funicello, and “Grease.”
“I have eight children and ten grandchildren so I want to know that my family, as well as other families, are as safe as possible when driving, and the Voice Assist solution helps deliver the peace of mind that we’re all looking for,” Avalon said.
Avalon explained that the program’s convenience and productivity-enhancing features are a huge benefit for him as well. “I can issue a voice command to deliver an email or a text message, which eliminates the need to fumble with a phone’s sensitive touch screen or a small keyboard - a real benefit for older eyes. I can also use a voice command to initiate a phone call or post a message to my grandkids on Twitter or Facebook,” Avalon said. “They all think this is super cool and I love it because it’s so easy.”
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