Convertible Tablets for use with NextUp Talker

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

NeoSpeech SAPI5 Voices

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

At Natural 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