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

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

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 easier … » 12/08/09 5:06pm 12/08/09 5:06pm

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

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 plop … » 6/17/08 7:27am 6/17/08 7:27am

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