Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Synthetic Voices, AAC & Our Humanity
Rupal Patel provided a very enlightening TED Talk on synthetic voices. For people who are not able to speak and require the use of advance augmentative and alternative communication systems, they are often confined to the voice selections available on that particular device. Individuality is very limited. Dr. Patel has looked as this barrier in a very different manner. By using a combination of the individual’s voice and a voice donor, a more individualized voice can be developed which better represents that of the person who will be using it on their advanced device. This is absolutely amazing and allows the personality and uniqueness of each person to be expressed through their device in a much more naturalized manner which is personal. Please take the time to watch the progress which has been made. Additional surrogate talkers are needed. Please consider becoming involved in this incredible project. If you are interested in helping please sign up at VocalID.org.