[AI] Sad news

sandeep singh sandeepsingh477 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 14 08:29:05 EDT 2010

Sad news, indeed. We all mourn his death. May his soul rest in peace.

At 03:13 PM 14-04-10, you wrote:
>         Dear Friends
>The inventor of talks software, the first software that made mobile phone
>accessible to us is no more and left us in young age. I had the privilege to
>meet him in person in October 2009 in Geneva where DAISY Consortium and
>Nuance were together in UNESCO pavilion in the world telecom exhibition.
>With my thousand salutes to him I am pasting below the announcement from his
>partner and co-developer of talks:
>Dear TALKS community,
>It is with great sadness that I have to bring you the following news:
>Torsten Brand, the inventor of TALKS as well as a long-time pioneer in the
>Assistive Technology field, has died last night in hospital in Göttingen,
>Germany, as a result of complications from a routine operation, at the age
>of 47.
>All of us here at Nuance are deeply shocked, and still unable to completely
>grasp the significance of this terrible and unexpected event.
>Many of you have met him personally, some as recently as two weeks ago
>during CSUN in San Diego, and most will probably remember him as both a
>clear-thinking visionary as well as an immensely likeable fellow, with tons
>of ideas and a great "can-do" spirit. It is difficult to imagine life
>without his friendship, inspiration and perseverance.
>Even though TALKS will not be the same without his leadership, we will treat
>it as a lasting part of his legacy, and continue developing it in his
>Torsten leaves his wife, Corinna, and his four children. Our thoughts go out
>to his family in this difficult time.
>Marcus Groeber
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