http://www.modeltalker.com which I've tried. I was able to create something on par or slightly worse than Microsoft Mary, but you could sort of tell I was in there.
Cepstral has a project underway at
and now this coming from OKI
OKI Brings a Unique Voice to TTS (from SpeechTEK)
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Japanese telecommunications firm OKI Electric Industry yesterday launched Polluxstar, a text-to-speech (TTS) software solution that allows users to reproduce their own voice.
Using Polluxstar software on their computers, individuals can communicate through TTS in their own voice, complete with their unique tones and inflections, rather than a computerized, non-human voice.
To recreate the individual’s voice, OKI requires users to submit prescribed voice files or go to an OKI-approved recording studio. Once the company has the recorded audio it needs, it enters the individual’s voice information into a database that is included with the software package he buys.
The technology is only available in Japan right now, but the company has not ruled out the possibility of taking it to other markets. "At this point, we think the overseas market is a good possibility, but we don’t have any immediate plans," says Naomi Takeuchi, OKI’s U.S. spokesperson.
Takeuchi adds that the product is currently being targeted to consumers, especially those who have illnesses that could result in the loss of their voices. One of the first users of the technology was Izumi Maki, a computer science professor at Osaka University of Arts. Prior to undergoing surgery to remove his vocal chords, OKI recorded his voice data and installed it in Polluxstar for him to use. Six months after his surgery, Maki returned to the university to give lectures again, using his real voice through the computer. More...