Books That Read

Children with learning disabilities like dyslexia can benefit from both audiobooks and text-to-speech (TTS). Kids can listen to the text being spoken as they look at the words. Much as they accomplish the same thing, audiobooks and TTS differ in a lot of ways. The Difference Between Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech An audiobook is a voice […]

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Text-to-Speech Enabled App For The Speech Impaired

According to dictionary.com, speech is the faculty or power of speaking; oral communication; ability to express one’s thoughts and emotions by speech sounds and gesture; something that is spoken. Speaking comes naturally to all human beings. It’s a way of life and the mechanism of speech begins in infancy. Unlike writing, no one needs to […]

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Google uses AI in Learning Human Speech

As early as the 1700’s, there have been attempts to make machines emulate human speech and the results were robotic and barely intelligible. Scientists have come a long way in training computers to understand voice commands, but the technology for text-to-speech (TTS) has fallen behind. Even today, the synthesized voices can still be distinguished from […]

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Multimedia Localization and Multilingual Websites Benefit from Text-to-Speech

More people around the globe have access to the internet these days, compared to the number of internet users a few years ago. Since content can be accessed by people from different continents, multilingual sites are becoming popular. The internet doesn’t really have a universal, unified, single language as it continues to evolve and is […]

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Text-To-Speech and Distracted Driving

Driving Statistics (US) The statistics showing accidents in the United States due to distracted driving are alarming. A 2014 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that distracted driving is the cause for 18 percent of injury crashes, and 16 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes. For that same year, 3,179 […]

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Text-to-Speech Technology and International Literacy

September 8, 2016 marked the 50th year of International Literacy Day which was proclaimed in 1966 by the General Conference of UNESCO and the theme for this year is “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. This year is a celebration of the global engagement and progress made to eradicate illiteracy over the past five decades. […]

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Text-To-Speech And Beno Zephine – The First Blind IFS Officer

Beno Zephine has been blind since birth, but she refused to let her disability get in the way of accomplishing her dreams. Her dream was to become part of the Indian Administrative Service cadre. This means that she had to pass the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination. It is the toughest examination in India […]

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Decades of Text-to-speech (TTS) Evolution From Baby Talk to Siri

The text to speech technology made it to the consumers’ awareness during the advent of the digital era, but few people recognize that the speech synthesizer technology has been around since the time of the first commercially available computer UNIVAC. Melanie Pinola of PCWorld has traced the origin of the TTS technology and its conception […]

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How To Modify Android’s Text-to-speech

Google has made a significant leap towards changing the way people use their smartphones with the strong integration of text to speech function embedded into its Android mobile platform. On the other hand, few Android users have taken the liberty of optimizing their TTS function to suit their liking. For some Android users, the TTS […]

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E-books, Audio books, and Text-to-speech

An electronic book (e-book) is a publication in digital format for computers and other electronic devices. E-book sales started an upward trend in the 2000s. The convenience of being able to browse by titles, download and access the material instantly from e-commerce sites contributed to its popularity. E-books are also cheaper than the printed material, […]

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