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Nick Howden Appointed as CEO

To lead the organisation in commercialising its ground breaking technology, Real Thing has appointed a full time CEO, Nick Howden. Real Thing has spent over three years developing a range of key technologies including dialogue management, sound and speech processing, and efficient matching algorithms, and is now ideally positioned to leverage these into commercial applications.

“Nick has been involved with this business since its inception, and we are very pleased to have his skills in this new role to drive our commercialisation efforts” said Silvio Salom, Real Thing Chairman.

Nick said that he is “very excited to be working with such a talented and successful team”, and is “looking forward to a releasing a range of innovative products based on Real Thing’s technological breakthroughs.”

MOU Signed with SRI’s STAR Lab

Real Thing signed an MOU with SRI International, one of the worlds leading research group in the areas of speech recognition and machine translation.

SRI’s Speech Technology and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) has vast experience in the area, having developed and deployed portable realtime translation devices for the US Defence, including IraqComm (

The Real Thing team has local expertise in speech recognition and synthesis, and a proven track record of developing and commercialising leading edge technology.

A bi-directional realtime translation device will have a huge number of application areas. SRI’s current range of technologies has already been applied to doctors and soldiers in Iraq, and with some further development it can assist many professionals who need to bridge a language gap quickly and easily.

This team of Real Thing and SRI will create a leading edge solution that will be commercialised into a world leading product.

Real Thing Awarded ARC Grant

Real Thing and RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have been awarded an ARC grant to carry out a program of research into the underlying concepts and technologies for the next generation of intelligent interactive children’s toys.

“We are so excited to be working with RMIT on this endeavour” said Silvio Salom, chairman of Real Thing, “this research program will ensure that our products lead the market well into the future”.