Not a real market for this kind of thing, but still interesting innovation. Now if we can just go Voice->TTS, and maybe throw a translation in the middle of it, then we’ve got something. Continue reading Neat Project, Morse to TTS
Interesting site Scribd.com is a sort of free-for-all upload any documents you want. You could think of it as a YouTube for documents. The interesting thing is they have a feature where you can download any of their documents as an MP3 file. Voices aren’t as good as TextAloud, and texts have a ton of junk in them, but it is interesting. Continue reading Scribd and TTS
For those who haven’t seen it, we have a neat product called NextUp Talker.
This has very much been a labor of love. We don’t know how to market it, don’t make much money on it, but it has changed hundreds of lives. It is amazing the number of people we run into who have lost the ability to speak, whether through disease like ALS, disorders like dysphagia, or because of surgery. Previously the only option for these people were devices to speak for them costing several thousand dollars, leaving them sounding much like Stephen Hawking. So, for $100 plus a PC, these people can once again talk to the world, and sound like a real person again. Continue reading Convertible Tablets for use with NextUp Talker
Next set of voices I wanted to highlight are NeoSpeech. Developed by the Korean company, VoiceWare, these are among the most natual sounding voices around. They are SAPI5 compatible, which means they not only work in TextAloud, but are also very popular among users of screen readers like Window-Eyes and Jaws for Windows, along with programs like Kurzweil 3000 and people simply using some of windows built-in TTS. Continue reading NeoSpeech SAPI5 Voices
Cepstral is another voice company offering a wide variety of SAPI5 Voices. These voices integrate into TextAloud and the other Aloud products, plus any application that uses SAPI5. Continue reading Cepstral Voices
As promised, I want to start highlighting some of the voices available. The first really high quality voices ever available to consumers were the AT&T Natural Voices. Originally developed for call centers and other high-end business uses, AT&T ported these server voices to PC around 2001 or 2002. These are still the most popular voices around. There are 18 voices total, and are available in both 8khz and 16khz versions. The 8khz versions are most often used with telephony uses, where the hardware requires 8khz audio, or in cases where disk space is an issue. Continue reading At Natural Voices