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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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,…
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.