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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Text-To-Speech For Dummies

Text-To-Speech BEFORE For many centuries, the thought of designing a machine that could talk naturally has been a challenge to scientists, engineers and developers. Homer Dudley of Bell Laboratories proposed a system model for speech analysis and synthesis at the start of the 19th Century. The real issue with automatic speech recognition (text to speech) […]

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Virtual Home Visit Training Tool Wins Teaching and Learning Award

On August 26th, the commercialization efforts of staff and students who are developing new technologies, products or services from Curtin research were recognized at the Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards. Anne Furness and her team from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science won the Teaching and Learning Award for their Virtual Home Visit (VHV) Training Tool. […]

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Wackysafe.com: Addressing The Need For A Child Friendly Search Engine

The internet is a powerful medium for both adults and children. It allows the young and old alike to access information and knowledge, communicate and share ideas, interact with their friends and peers through social media, be entertained and play. With the advent of the smartphones, almost anybody can access the internet on the go. […]

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Text-to-Speech: Averting the Challenges of Dyslexia

It is not surprising to see a few children in a classroom that are showing signs of difficulties in reading, interpreting words, symbols, and letters because according to the recent report published in the New York Times, about 2 million children in public schools alone struggle with reading due to dyslexia. However, this problem can […]

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Text-to-Speech in the Healthcare Insurance Sector

One of the ways in which text to speech technology (TTS) has created an impact is by allowing the physically challenged to be immersed in the online environment. The advent of social connectivity and the diversity of new technologies that bring people together have reached the realm of healthcare. Among the technologies that have been […]

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