[CoMoDev] Re: Text to speech engines

  • From: "Rick Sands" <Rick@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 07:08:38 -0600

I'm doing a project now that is using Text-To-Speech (TTS).  So far, I've
been impressed with the technology that is out there.  We are using a system
from www.Fonix.com.  


From: comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:comodev-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of David Beers
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 6:15 PM
To: comodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [CoMoDev] Text to speech engines

I've often thought that text-to-speech was a good stepping stone toward the
next mobile killer app: speech recognition.  (What does that make it, a
"stunner app"?  No! sorry I said that to a group of computer geeks!  Please
just recite the Monty Python parrot routine quietly to yourself until the
feeling goes away! ;-)  


Seriously, it would be nice to have your email, an ebook, or a web page read
to you while you are driving, and to have browsers and other apps written
with voice feedback to help you navigate menus without looking at the
screen.  On your smartphone you'll be able to dial from your address book
without looking at the phone or get a verbal caller ID in your headset
instead of having to pull the phone out of a holster or pocket and look at
the screen.  Put this together with even *very* minimal voice recognition
(like the ability to understand a vocabulary of just a few navigational
terms--"yes," "no," "next," "back," "address," letters of the alphabet) and
you could have hands-free smart phones (or think industrial devices) that
you operate completely through a small, bluetooth headset.  Powerful stuff,


I think we're just about there, now, and if I didn't have so darned much
billable work to do I'd love to be working on this.


Here's a link to a new text-to-speech engine for PocketPC:

Sounds very reasonably priced, which makes me wonder how good it is.  


Here's are some text-to-speech products for Palm OS devices:






The second one is free, for Pete's sake, but neither seems to have a real
API for incorporating the functionality into your programs in a flexible
way.  Gotta be something like that out there, just haven't seen it yet.
Anyone else?




David Beers

Pikesoft Mobile Computing





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