Amazon Bought a Text-to-Speech Company to Improve its Tex............... ZZZzzzzZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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

Audible Menus and Giant Fonts For Blind and Vision-Impaired Kindle Users in 2010

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

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

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