Speech synthesis is basically what it sounds to be. It is the ability for the production of something that sounds like a voice, synthetically, via means of computer algorithms. The first synthetic speech sounded extremely mechanical, but with time, virtual voices have emerged, capable of sounding almost human.
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It often seems that scarcely a week goes by without word of a minor or major breakthrough in gesture control of computer systems, speech recognition, or speech synthesis systems. All seem to be vectoring in on the ability to control computers entirely hands-off.
Industry news from July 2008, deemed too important to allow to fade. Researchers at Boston University are developing brain-reading computer software that in essence translates thoughts into speech.
The larynx, or voicebox is the organ responsible for much of the production of soundwaves that become speech. Sound itself is generated in the larynx, and the pitch and volume of the resultant sounds are controlled there. In addition, the force the air is expelled from the lungs, adds to volume. Without a larynx, any form of speech is not possible.
Advanced Speech Encoding, or ASE is designed to reduce the number of bits required to transmit voice signals over a data stream down to the minimum possible. For virtual environments, this would be ideal, as voice traffic takes up huge amounts of packet space, radically reducing the rest of the data flow.
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This book demonstrates how bio-inspiration can lead to fully autonomous flying robots without relying on external aids. Most existing aerial robots fly in open skies, far from obstacles, and rely on external beacons ? mainly GPS ? to localise and navigate. However, these robots are not able to fly at low altitude or in confined environments, and yet this poses absolutely no difficulty to insects. Indeed, flying insects display efficient flight control capabilities in complex environments despite their limited weight and relatively tiny brain size.
A physical link between the loss of a given sense and changes in the wiring of the brain for other output modalities has been discovered in songbird studies. It gives us more reason for caution when embodying for any length of time in a body other than that we physically possess.
No world, howerver great, is any good to anyone, unless it has a population. This means getting the attention of your prospective participants/players, and showing how your world really does rise above the rest - focusing your marketing speech before you even begin to camnpaign.
With the slow decline of text-based VR, the skill of writing engrossing descriptions in third person speech, engaging and immersing the user, has been a skill slowly dying out. However, such descriptive, self-inclusive prose has its place, even in the most graphical of worlds. This article gives a few pointers on how.
This podcast, part of the 2009 TED conference, is the videoing of a speech given by Aimee Mullins, on the state of prosthetic leg development, and the narrowing divide between disability and superhuman ability.
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Help is on the way for people who suffer from vocal cord dysfunction. Researchers are developing methods that will contribute to manufacturing voice prostheses with improved affective features. For example, for little girls who have lost th...
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Scientists from Maastricht University in the Netherlands have developed a method to look into the brain of a person and read out who has spoken to him or her and what was said. With the help of neuroimaging and data mining techniques the re...
People with speech-impairing conditions like A.L.S., autism, Down syndrome and strokes have started to discover that general-purpose devices, such as iPhones and netbooks equipped with downloadable text-to-speech software, can in many cases...