Speak performance

Text-to-speech technology has enabled computer access for a large number of people with visual or cognitive disabilities. Trouble is, having to listen to droning computer voices day in and day out isn’t always a particularly pleasant experience. Now IBM is patenting a new voice output technology that can pause for effect, or throw “um”s into its conversation, just like real live people. It’s already slated for a variety of mainstream applications, from call centers to iPods, and no obvious reason it couldn’t be implemented for accessibility purposes sooner rather than later. Let’s hope the developers’ aesthetics run more to James Earl Jones than Gilbert Godfried.

Telegraph.co.uk: IBM develop ‘most realistic’ computerised voice

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