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Female Voices Preferred for Government Work

As more government agencies leverage artificial intelligence to provide customer service, Accenture Federal Services’ FedPulse wanted to know: Do people have a preference when it comes to the voice of their government digital assistant?  They most certainly did:

TTS Lets Kids Take PAW Patrol on the Go

TTS Lets Kids Take PAW Patrol on the Go

Ematic, an innovator in children’s educational and entertainment tech products, today released the PAW Patrol Portable DVD Player Bundle, a kid-friendly DVD and CD player that features text-to-speech functionality capable of converting written text and button inputs into voice output for use in a variety of ways. The PAW Patrol Portable DVD Player’s built in TTS functionality […]

Nuance and DFKI to Work on Conversational AI for Autonomous Driving

Nuance Communications is expanding its partnership with Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI ), the German research center for artificial intelligence (AI), to further advance cognitive and conversational AI innovation across several joint research initiatives around in-car systems, healthcare systems and omnichannel customer care. Nuance and DFKI have already begun work on conversational and cognitive AI for self-driving […]

Watson powers in-game natural language conversation for Star Trek: Bridge Crew from Ubisoft. (PRNewsfoto/IBM)

IBM and Ubisoft Bring Us Closer to The Star Trek Standard

For years, the speech industry has been held up to “The Star Trek Standard,” a seemingly impossible example of the technology’s true potential. Based on the long-standing sci-fi series, the Star Trek Standard envisions a day when anyone will be able to walk into any room, tell a central computer what he wants, and have […]

Voice Biometrics Gets an Added Layer

A team of computer scientists at Hong Kong Baptist University have put a new spin on common speech-based biometric authentication methods by developing technologies that can identify individuals through their lip movements. The effort, led by Prof. Cheun Yiu-ming, involves matching the lip movements associated with saying specific passwords to other visual lip characteristics, including […]


Hold On! My Watch Is Talking

There’s a new watch accessory in town with plenty of cool speech technologies. The HBand is a voice-enabled strap that turns a watch into a phone answering device. HBand replaces  current watch straps with built-in Bluetooth audio for Apple and other 22-24mm watches. The patented technology allows users to answer phone calls by raising their hands […]

Type a Script, TTS Makes a Movie

Through a new service called Autograf, anyone can now create their own short, animated films. The service was launched recently by French TV channel Arte and features narration from Acapela Group’s French text-to-speech voices. To create the movie, users provide the plot in a a maximum of 400 characters, and Acapela voices linked to quirky, amusing animation will do the […]