A voice mask is a primitive form of virtual voice, in which a person?s voice passing through it, is modulated by pitch, speed and frequency digitally to be output as a different voice, among a range of set parameters.
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When it comes to voice, what is best is of course a voice module that can take a virtual voice as input just as well as a microphone - giving those without voices the same level of interaction as those with. That is what Vivox is working on, for Second Life and World of Warcraft.
Textual communication, as exhibited by chat rooms, MUDs, graphic social VRs, and MMOs, is itself a form of voice, a virtual voice. There are many who cannot speak properly, through the many disabilities which can affect voice: ME which wastes muscles away; cerebral palsy, which limits fine motor control; Parkinsons, which plays with signals from the brain to the body, or simple paralysis.
In roleplaying, nothing breaks immersion more than hearing the voice of the player when its not appropriate for the role. The voice of a 10 year old girl coming from the troll about to smack you into next week, or a butch, and manly seductress just breaks immersion entirely. Either online roleplay should be limited to just text whilst everything else goes voice, or a new approach is required.
A commentary from Wired magazine on the advent of voice in the gameworld WoW, and how it is destroying the virtual identity ? physical identity threshold. Well balanced for both sides.
Previously featured Industry News from September 2003, looking at the Vocaloid technology - the creation of virtual singers using voice fonts from previous artists.
Texas Instruments unveiled one of the first steps towards a true virtual voice in early 2008. A collar forming the ability to speak without using the vocal cords.
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.
A larynx or voicebox is a complex piece of kit to control. Creating an interface for a fully functional artificial one may be beyond us - unless we jack it straight into the brain, and let the nervous system control the new, just the same as the old.
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.
This single still is from the widescreen version of ?The Second Renaissance?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. Its clever because psychologically, a human of either gender tends to find it easier to listen to a female voice than a male one. The guide goddess, symbolizing absolute power, interacts with the images as well, just when a counterpoint is needed, but is not in the file.
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European researchers have developed a promising solution to ?mask-less? semiconductor lithography and generated intense interest among major industry players.
Mask-less lithography (ML2) promises to rapidly reduce the costs and produ...
Using computed tomography and 3-D modeling, radiologists are assisting in the restoration and display of a 5,300-year-old Egyptian mummy mask. This is the first time that CT and 3-D modeling were used to study, preserve and display an antiq...
SEMATECH Demonstrates Mask Pattern Alignment and Registration to Enable Double Patterning Lithography
SEMATECH and the Semiconductor Metrology Systems division from Carl Zeiss announced today that Zeiss' next-generation photomask registration and overlay metrology system has successfully passed a key development milestone. The jointly deve...
Vocaloid, that's the name of a new technology, created to mimic singers voices with fine precision. Developed at the Spanish University Pompeu Fabra and under the care of Yamaha Corporation, the software, available for all by January, a...
Google helped loosened Apple's tight control over the iPhone a little today by launching Google Voice as a Web app for both the iPhone and Palm OS.
Google Voice provides a single phone number for multiple phones, provides lo...