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Emotional synthetic voices

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Tuesday 11 December 2012

Articulate: Synthetic Speech
Professor Stephen Hawking has the most famous synthesized voice but it is based on technology that dates back to the 1980s. That artificial sounding voice has become synonymous with him. The technology has advanced but he retains his voice. For many people around the world, though, the technology proves expensive and many are subsequently rendered voiceless. As the technology improves so too should the cost of it come tumbling down. Alistair Edwards joins Click to discuss advances in speech synthesis.

Emotional synthetic voices
A road show called Articulate: The Art and Science of Synthetic Speech recently opened in York, northern England. It brings together the CreST Network of scientists, artists, speech therapists and users of synthesized voice technology to demonstrate what can be done with computer assisted voices. To what degree can the technology communicate not just meaning but emotion? Will the technology ever allow for a bespoke fit for the voice and desire of the users? Colin Grant reports.
(Photo: Nicola Bush / Credit: CreST Network)

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