Empower Technologies Corporation Signs Distributorship Agreement with Spherex Inc., Licensed Manufacturer of the Xbox® 5.1 Surround Sound System

Richmond, British Columbia - August 23, 2004. Today, Empower Technologies, Inc. ("Empower") announced signing a 16 month non-exclusive distributorship sales agreement with Spherex Inc. for its Spherex Xbox Surround Sound System.

Under this sales distributorship agreement which covers North America, Empower is allowed to purchase and resell Spherex Inc.’s Xbox ® 5.1 Surround Sound System. The agreement is for sixteen months, renewable at both parties' discretion. Empower will launch the Xbox® 5.1 Surround Sound System and its other new products into its distribution marketing channels in the 4th quarter, before year-end of 2004.

"This additional product will improve and add more revenue to Empower's bottom line", said Edward Dennis, President of Empower. "This is in line with our tactical plan for the rest of the year."

Paul Leung, CEO of Empower stated, “This sales distributorship with Spherex, Inc. will accelerate our effort to expand our sales and marketing reach into the multimedia traditionally called the Audio Video (A/V) consumer electronics market. Advance speaker systems such as Xbox 5.1 Surround Sound System are fast becoming a key component and the centerpiece in the digital home."

Empower is working fervently to supply multimedia consumer products that use Empower's embedded technologies to become equipment central to the digital home.

Alex Romanov, President and CEO of Spherex Inc., agrees, “The product direction taken by the two companies are complementary to each other and this sales distributorship agreement will further cement our relationship.”

About Empower Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Empower Technologies, Inc., a Washington State registered company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Empower Technologies Corporation of Richmond, B.C., is a provider of embedded system technologies and solutions for the consumer electronics industry and the intelligent appliance market.

Empower is an innovative company, who through the development of quality partnerships and strategic alliances is positioning itself to become a leading provider of embedded system technologies and solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers.

About Spherex Inc.

Spherex Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Audio Products International Corp. (API). Founded in 1972 and privately owned, API is one of the largest loudspeaker manufacturers in the world. API brands include Mirage, Energy and Athena Technologies loudspeakers. Xbox 5.1 Surround Sound System offers an exciting, immersive audio experience for gaming, movies and music playback. It exemplifies Spherex’s dedication to superior sound quality and affordable pricing.

About Xbox

The Xbox 5.1 Surround Sound System is manufactured under license by Spherex Inc.

Microsoft Xbox and the Xbox logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or in other countries and are used under license from Microsoft.

For more information contact:

Media Enquiries:
Paul Leung - Chairman & CEO (604) 278-3100 or [email protected]
Ed (Edward) Dennis – President (604) 278-3100 or [email protected]
Linux DA O/S Sales Enquiries: [email protected] or Tel 425-881-0909
More Information on Empower Technologies: www.empowertechnologies.com

Investor Relations:
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Barry Mire: [email protected]

Empower Technologies Corporation


Paul Leung
Chairman & CEO

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