Stephen Hawking's ACAT: Changing the Life of One of Our Greatest Minds

Were it not for technology, one of the greatest minds of our time, that belonging to Professor Stephen Hawking, would lack a voice, a means to express ideas that greatly expand our understanding of the universe. » 12/02/14 5:35pm 12/02/14 5:35pm

Hear the Windows XP Text-to-Speech Converter Sing The Piña Colada Song

Remember Microsoft's Sam? He was the text-to-speech converter that came bundled into Windows XP. And now he's decided to have a go at the The Piña Colada Song. You should listen to this, it's great. » 11/27/14 7:00pm 11/27/14 7:00pm

Amazon Bought a Text-to-Speech Company to Improve its…

Amazon bought a thing that does a thing it helps Amazon do, so presumably the first thing will help out with Amazon's thing more, we think. Ordinarily, this isn't the kind of story we'd post to Gizmodo, but in light of the fact that there's basically literally nothing happening in tech today, here you go. Let's talk… » 1/24/13 10:33am 1/24/13 10:33am

The Weirdest Google Bug: Giraffes Praise the iPad

Normally bugs just annoy you by preventing something from working, but occasionally they'll do something totally bizarre. A weird issue with Google's text-to-speech functionality tells you that giraffes are now praising the iPad. Literally. » 1/04/13 12:04pm 1/04/13 12:04pm

Let Your iPhone Robotically Read You a Bedtime Story With vBookz

vBookz, the somewhat useful text-to-speech iPad app we've covered before, is now iPhone-ready. It doesn't appear that many of our quibbles with the app have been rectified since we examined vBookz's previous iteration, but the robotic narrator is now pocketable. » 10/04/10 11:20pm 10/04/10 11:20pm

VBookz For iPad: A Text-To-Speech Reader For Public Domain Classics

Near my iPad's iBooks bookshelf sits a new vBookz bookshelf. It looks awfully similar, but it's much better stocked: It has every public domain novel and text-to-speech tech to read them aloud. But a true audiobook text-to-speech is not. » 6/15/10 11:00am 6/15/10 11:00am

Apple's iPad Will (Perhaps Controversially) Read E-Books Aloud

In addition to the orientation-lock button, yesterday's pre-order commencement delivered another surprise nugget: the iPad will read all EPUB books out loud. If you remember the shitstorm that surrounded Kindle's text-to-voice feature, you'll know that this is a bold move. » 3/13/10 12:47pm 3/13/10 12:47pm

Roger Ebert's New Voice

Since cancer left Roger Ebert without the means to speak, he's been talking through a computer with a generic intonation. Today on Oprah, Ebert revealed his new voice by CereProc, resourcefully programmed from Ebert's TV appearances and DVD commentaries. » 3/02/10 1:27pm 3/02/10 1:27pm

How Roger Ebert Will Get His Voice Back

Years of battling cancer have left film ubercritic Roger Ebert without a portion of his jaw, and consequentially, his voice. Esquire's superb profile outlined his efforts to regain a voice—his voice—but left us wondering: How will that work? » 2/18/10 2:56pm 2/18/10 2:56pm

Audible Menus and Giant Fonts For Blind and Vision-Impaired Kindle…

After an acrimonious decision earlier this year to let authors determine text-to-speech availability in their e-books, Amazon has vowed to roll out new Kindle features for blind and vision-impaired readers in 2010. According to a post on their site, the updates include audible menus and a new super size font for… » 12/08/09 5:06pm 12/08/09 5:06pm

The Intel Reader Photographs Text and Reads it Back to You

Intel's Reader for the visually impaired isn't a concept; it goes on sale today. Using an Atom processor, 5-megapixel camera, and Intel's Linux-based Moblin OS, it turns book pages into digital text and MP3s…then reads aloud in a synthesized voice. » 11/10/09 7:29am 11/10/09 7:29am

Publisher Blocking Kindle Text-to-Speech

The Kindle 2's text-to-speech option is controversial, but publishers can opt out of the function if they'd like. Now, Random House, a major publisher of writers like Stephen King, has flipped the kill switch on 40 of its ebooks on Amazon. Remember when Stephen King was pretty much the face of the Kindle? It's like a… » 5/15/09 8:19am 5/15/09 8:19am

NYT: 'Newspaper-Saving' Redneck Kindle Can't Pronounce President's Name

Pointing out the clunkiness of the Kindle's text-to-speech feature is tired, but with the new Kindle DX being lauded as a newspaper savior, the NYT has a point: "Bay-rack Oh-bamma" won't cut it. » 5/08/09 6:40am 5/08/09 6:40am

The Kindle 2 and iPod Shuffle Perform Blade Runner

The Kindle 2 and new iPod shuffle both feature new text-to-speech modes. So how well can the duo read the opening scene from Bladerunner? » 4/23/09 5:40pm 4/23/09 5:40pm

Photos and Video From the National Federation of The Blind's Kindle 2…

The National Federation of the Blind's Imbroglio with the Author's Guild and their distaste for the Kindle 2's text-to-speech function is heating up. Today they took it to the Guild's own doorstep here in NYC. » 4/07/09 4:39pm 4/07/09 4:39pm

Amazon Caves to Snippy Authors: Kindle's Text-to-Voice Feature Now…

We reported the Author's Guild's litigious anger about the Kindle 2's text-to-voice feature, claiming it violates audio book copyrights. It's an arguable position, but Amazon has gone ahead and caved to the literate man. » 2/28/09 7:00pm 2/28/09 7:00pm

Talking Twittering Teddy Bear is Nearly A Freaky Mod Too Far

Having a cyborg teddy reading out your Twitter alerts... *shiver* the idea gives me the creeps a little. But not the guys who came up with the idea over at HyHome2.0. They've even got an instructional video so you can build your own artificial-voice bear, which uses Bluetooth to get data from your PC so you can… » 6/17/08 7:27am 6/17/08 7:27am

Aigopen Reads Books So You Don't Have to

The Brief: Hold the Aigopen up to any content in a book (text or images), and it will read out exactly what is going on, in either Chinese or English. We were amazed with the concept, clarity of audio and miniature size. As ever, there was a catch. » 1/08/08 4:45pm 1/08/08 4:45pm

Garmin Nuvi 260 Brings Crazy Talkin' to 'Budget' GPS

Garmin rolled out its Nuvi 260 today, the company's first GPS device in its palm-sized Nuvi 200 series to have Garmin's sometimes-comical text-to-speech capabilities. We like to make fun of our Garmin text-to-speech talker; for example, when it comes up to Forest Drive, it calls it Fo. Rest. Drive. Hahaha. Anyway,… » 8/06/07 12:20pm 8/06/07 12:20pm

Sprint Offers Text-Messaging Sans Cell

Let's give this one a chance, but we suspect that it will disappear into the ether quite soon. Sprint is offering an SMS-to-speech service to almost any phone. It works just like you'd think it would—you send an SMS and Sprint "reads" it to the recipient and allows them to reply with a text message or a voicemail. » 4/25/06 3:37pm 4/25/06 3:37pm