Monday, March 11, 2013

New Advances in Synthesized Speech

From Perfect Paul to more personalized voices, this is the goal of speech scientist Rupal Patel. She's capturing the melody of someone's voice, and with the help of a computer, can determine their pitch, the loudness, breathiness and changes in clarity. She fuses this information with the voice of a "healthy donor" to create a unique voice for someone needing their own synthesized voice. They're not available to everyone yet, but Patel is figuring out how to work with the various devices that use synthesized speech.

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