How To Donate Your Voice To Someone Who Can't Speak

Here's a good deed you can do without parting with a single thing. Synthetic voices for people who have lost the ability to speak only come in generic types—think of Stephen Hawking's voice—but one fascinating project wants to build custom voices for each person. To do that they need your help: specifically, a… » 3/21/14 11:20am 3/21/14 11:20am

Wow, watch this guy nail the voices of 33 different Simpsons characters

Listen to super talented voice actor Brock Baker zip through 33 different Simpsons impressions in 5 minutes. His Homer takes a little getting used to but he nails a good chunk of them. There are a few that are pitch perfect (like his Fat Tony). Anyway, it all adds up to a very fun watch. » 2/28/14 8:43pm 2/28/14 8:43pm

Wikipedia's Adding Voice Recordings to Famous People's Biographies

Imagine being able to hear a great historical figure's voice. It would add such richness to the facts and dates about her or his life. Starting today, Wikipedia will make that possible with the Wikipedia Voice Intro Project, adding short voice recordings to the online encyclopedia. And that's truly awesome. » 1/25/14 5:57pm 1/25/14 5:57pm

These Synthesia Glasses Help Blind People “See” Via Sonar

People who have been blind since a young age can sometimes learn to develop a sort of low-grade echolocation. This technique, used by the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Milsap, and Ben Underwood, works much the same way as it does in bats and dolphins. But people who have just recently lost their sight… » 7/12/13 11:30am 7/12/13 11:30am

How to Control Your Android Without Looking at It

It's getting dangerous just to walk and text at the same time much less do so behind the wheel of a car. But with Siri being just slightly less helpful than HAL, how are you supposed to surf the web and simultaneously travel safely? All you have to do is ask. » 5/25/13 12:00pm 5/25/13 12:00pm

The First Piece of Google Chrome's Conversational Future Is in Place

The first crazy leaps into a Star Trek future just showed up in the latest stable build of Chrome. As of now, "Conversational Search" has now rolled out, which means that Chrome can now remember what you're searching for if you ask a couple of questions in a row. » 5/22/13 10:04am 5/22/13 10:04am

Your Voice Is Your Password with Barclay's Phone Verification System

The days of having to remember your childhood dog's mother's maiden name or what street your first high school mascot lived on could soon be a thing of the past. Barclay Wealth has recently introduced a verification system that uses biometrics, rather than random facts, to confirm your are who you say you are. » 5/09/13 6:40pm 5/09/13 6:40pm

Why You Might Sound Like a Smurf on Venus

Ever wondered what natural sounds you would hear on another planet? Although some spacecraft have carried microphones, sound has never been reliably recorded in an alien atmosphere. But now, thanks to simulations created by Tim Leighton from the University of Southampton, UK, and his team, you can hear what Mars and… » 4/04/12 5:00pm 4/04/12 5:00pm

Here's How Siri Can Power an Apple HDTV

Nuance, the amazing voice recognition technology behind Siri and other voice recognition software on phones, has announced that they'll be bringing their voice tech to TVs now with Dragon TV. Basically, Nuance wants you to talk to your TVs. And since Apple is supposedly making an HDTV that let's you talk to the TV,… » 1/10/12 1:01pm 1/10/12 1:01pm