“We see a great variety of applications in which people may prefer voice as a means to interact with their personal device environment, including their industrial work places, hospitals, or commercial kiosks, and even consumer electronics,” said Robert Visser, vice president of research and development of 3M’s Energy and Electronics business group. “VocalZoom’s signal capturing system adds a critical component to 3M’s technology portfolio in user interfaces and acoustics to enable novel solutions for those spaces.”

“Israel is one of the most vibrant technical and entrepreneurial regions in the world and there are plenty of opportunities for 3M. VocalZoom is our very first investment and we look forward to other investments in Israeli high tech startups,” said Nir Leshem, managing director of 3M Israel.

3M New Ventures, headquartered in Munich, Germany, identifies and invests in highly innovative companies and disruptive new technologies with strategic relevance for 3M.

About VocalZoom

VocalZoom, based in Yokneam Israel, was founded in 2009 with the mission to enable Voice Communications and Voice Recognition in virtually any environment. Its unique OptoElectric speech-enhancement microphone provides the means to maintain high recognition rates under any noisy conditions, a key element for realizing the potential of speech as a leading Natural User Interface. For more information, visit www.vocalzoom.com

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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