1717 Encore of 1308 - Progress in Speech Synthesis (Apr. 19, 2017)

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Show Notes

The home page for Nuance is:
www.nuance.com

To hear the output from a model of Kempelen's speaking machine (1791) (demo from Youtube) click on the link below:
demo of Kempelen's speaking machine (1791)
You can learn more about the device from the Wikipedia article at:
Wikipedia article about Kempelen's speaking machine

To hear more historical samples go to Dennis Klatt’s “History of Speech Synthesis” at:
Historical collection of speech synthesizer samples

In shows #1301 and #1302 we discussed using J-Say and MagniTalk, which are middleware to enable using JAWS or ZoomText with Dragon for speech input and navigation. If you'd like to download or listen to these shows along with the demonstrations of the tools in action, click on the links below:
Show #1301 - J-Say and Dragon: An Overview
Show #1302 - J-Say and Dragon: Demonstrations with PC aplications

More recently we talked about DictationBridge, which is a similar program linking Windows built-in Narrator with popular screen readers. To download or listen to that show along with demonstrations of the tool, click on the links below:
Show #1708 - DictationBridge (Feb. 15, 2017)