Press Releases

Sandusky Register, June 2001
The Put-in-Bay Gazette, June 2001
The ADVISORY, Greater Columbus Chamber, December 20, 2000
Quarter Horse Congress at Ohio Expo Center, October 13-21, 2000
Indian Summer Festival, September 23-25, 2000
Country Concert, September 1-3. 2000
Historic Marker Dedication, Put-In-Bay, June 3rd, 2000

The trees, the lake, the e-mail

Saturday, June 9, 2001
South Bass Island campers can
e-mail a personal
postcard right from the state park.
By BRENDA M. CULLER
brendaculler@sanduskyregister.com
PUT-IN-BAY
The sunny shoreline, lush foliage and boats dotting the lake make a perfect postcard.
At South Bass Island State Park, you can now send that postcard to five people and include a picture of yourself with a personal message.
The island park is the first in the state to install TING, a photo e-mail machine that takes pictures and sends them to up to five e-mail addresses. TING, named after the pop the figurative light bulb made when its inventor got the idea, is at the park registration office on Catawba Avenue.
"We've had fishermen who've caught admirable fish, around 10-11 pounds, who use it to send pictures back to their wives to prove that they were fishing and that they were fishing here," said Park Manager Steve Riddle. "We've also had bridal parties take pictures for those who couldn't attend the party here."
Riddle said two of his employees, Karen Beckler and a ranger who worked at the park last summer, presented him with the idea.
"A lot of people won't take the time anymore to buy postcards and stamps and mail them," Riddle said. "But for about the same cost, you can e-mail a photo to your friends and get a printed picture card for yourself."
The date, time, location and web address of the park are sent with the e-mail and printed on the card, which looks similar to a credit card, Park Ranger Michael Monnett said. The machine also provides free advertisement for the park and Put-in-Bay.
"Because of the free advertisement and getting a percentage of the profits from every e-mail sent, financially this could be very good for the park," Monnett said.
Beckler said if TING is successful on South Bass, the state is considering making it an addition to parks throughout Ohio.


The Advisory

 

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TING Inc. "The Live Photo E-mail People"

Release: October 13- 21, 2000 [Quarter Horse Congress at Ohio Expo Center]
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Columbus Area Company Displays Latest Internet Communications Technology, Live Photo E-mail, At 34th Annual All-American Quarter Horse Congress.

Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 6 - 21, 2000 - Visitors and participants at this year’s annual All American Quarter Horse Congress have the opportunity to use the latest Internet communications technology, live photo e-mail.

TING INC., located in Pataskala, Ohio, has six TING live photo e-mail kiosks [machines] at the Quarter Horse Congress throughout the three-week event. Using technology created and developed by local entrepreneurs and inventors Karen and Jeff Manross, TING units enabled users to take their photo live on location, enter a personal greeting, and send both directly to up to five e-mail addresses. TING units also printed a collectible card with the photo on it.

TING units contain a touch-screen computer monitor, combined with audio, which instruct users on how to operate the machine. The units allow for a variety of photo backgrounds by containing a 360 horizontal, 20 vertical rotating and tilting video camera head. Photographs may be taken in daylight or at night.

The All-American Quarter Horse Congress is the largest event TING has attended. The Congress, held annually in Columbus, Ohio, is the second largest convention in North America, and the largest single breed horse show in the world.

 

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TING Inc. "The Live Photo E-mail People"

To: Steve Halleck, Managing Editor
Wapakoneta Daily News

Release: September 23 - 25 [Indian Summer Festival]
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Latest Internet Communications Technology
Live Photo E-mail, New This Year At The Indian Summer Festival.

Auglaize County Fairgrounds, Wapakoneta, Ohio, September 22 - 24, 2000 - Visitors to the Indian Summer Festival this year will be able to send live photo e-mail greetings to family, friends, and co-workers by using TING, the latest Internet e-mail technology.

TING is a live photo e-mail kiosk, or machine, that enables users to take their photo live on location, enter a personal greeting, and send both directly to up to five e-mail addresses. TING units also print a collectible card with the photo on it.

Using the latest technology, including a touch-screen computer monitor and audio voice, TING units instruct users on how to operate them. Two TING units are located at the festival, with a TING employee available to assist users on selected days and times.

TING is the creation of entrepreneurs and inventors Karen and Jeff Manross

See more information on TING, including other venues, at www.tinginc.com.

"Send a TING, Send a Smile"

 

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TING Inc. "The Live Photo E-mail People"

Release: September 1 – 3 [Country Concert]
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Latest Internet Communications Technology
Live Photo E-mail, New This Year At Country Concert ‘00.

Country Concert ’00 at Hickory Hill Lakes, Ft. Loramie, Ohio, Sept. 01 - 03, 2000 - This year, concert attendees at Country Concert 2000 may send live photo e-mail greetings to family, friends, and co-workers by using TING, the latest Internet e-mail technology.

TING is a live photo e-mail kiosk, or machine, that enables users to take their photo live on location, enter a personal greeting, and send both directly to up to five e-mail addresses. TING units also print a collectible card with the photo on it.

Using the latest technology, including a touch-screen computer monitor, TING units instruct users on how to use the unit. Five TING units will be located at the festival, with TING employees available to assist users. One unit will be located backstage for star performers, their bands, and crews.

Country Concert, known as "The World’s #1 Music & Camping Festival", draws an estimated 60,000+ people over the four day event. Top country music acts and stars, such as Diamond Rio, Neil McCoy, Lorrie Morgan, Jeff Foxworthy, and Dwight Yoakam, will make this year’s Country Concert another must see. Over twenty national acts will perform, along with other activities around the concert area.

The Country Concert is the largest event to host TING, and will be the first major concert to have TING live photo e-mail units.

TING is the creation of entrepreneurs and inventors Karen and Jeff Manross

 

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TING Inc. "The Live Photo E-mail People"

Radio Transmission Historical Marker Dedicated At

Put-in-Bay, Ohio, On Saturday, June 03, 2000

Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Saturday, June 03, 2000 - On Saturday, June 03, at 3:00pm, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society and the Ohio Bicentennial Commission dedicated a historic marker at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, to commemorate the first ship-to-shore radio broadcast in the world, which took place at the island in July of 1907.

The 1907 broadcast, transmitted during the annual Interlake Yachting Association Regatta [I-LYA], was sent from the yacht Thelma, renamed Electra for the Regatta. The yacht required extensive remodeling to accommodate the broadcast. Two pioneers in electronic communications, Lee DeForest, the inventor of the radio vacuum tube, and his partner, Frank E. Butler, prepared the yacht and constructed a receiving station on Put-in-Bay [on the present day Jet Express Dock]. The first broadcast was made on the morning of July 18, 1907, when DeForest broadcast the race results to Put-in-Bay as the boats crossed the finish line. The results were then sent from the island to the mainland newspapers over existing telephone and telegraph cables. The previous year, the newspapers used carrier pigeons dispatched from the finish line to fly the results directly to the mainland.

An Ohio Historical Society Bronze Plaque, like those found throughout Ohio, was unveiled at the foot of the Jet Express Dock, called Fox’s Dock at the time of the broadcast. Introductions and remarks were made by several of the parties involved, followed by a brief speech by Frank Butler II, Grandson of Frank Butler. A reception was held after the dedication at the Lake Erie Historical Society’s new museum.

In conjunction with the dedication, another historical event occurred at the island. A new 21st century communications technology, called Ting, sent one of the first-ever instant electronic mail [e-mail] photograph messages from the island [an "electronic postcard"]. TING is a live photo e-mail kiosk [machine]. TING units contain a touch screen monitor which users navigate to take a live photo of themselves with the location background, enter a personal greeting, and instantly send the photo-greeting to as many as five e-mail addresses. The units then print a collectible card with the photo and location text on it. Until this year, visitors at the island either sent postcards or telephoned their island greetings. Today, with TING technology, visitors may send Internet photographic greetings instantly.

It was quite fitting that the newest communications technology debuted at the island along with a commemoration of an earlier communications breakthrough. After the dedication ceremony, several guests of honor sent TING greetings from the island. Frank Butler II, Arne Hansen, 2000 Commodore of the I-LYA, and Skip Duggan, owner of the Jet Express Dock, all posed for a live TING photo commemorating both the historical marker dedication and the advent of TING technology. The photo was sent to mainland newspapers and relatives of the group.

 

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