New Voice Blogging Tool Emerges

New Voice Blogging Tool Emerges

MemeSpeak has launched a cool new social networking tool that allows users to create and substitute talking head animations for textual blogging, in many languages, on any social network or blog. The Web application supports multiple language text inputs and natural language audio outputs in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Russian, […]

Microsoft Azure Media Indexer Brings Speech Rec to the Consumer Side

Microsoft Azure Media Indexer Brings Speech Rec to the Consumer Side

Microsoft is betting that the explosive growth of Internet videos will continue to climb and has unveiled Azure Media Indexer for consumer use.  Instead of continually having to stop and rewind audio and video material to find content, the Indexer does the heavy lifting by using speech recognition. “We provide the ability for customers to […]

McDonald’s Turns to Google Speech Rec for Its Birthday

McDonald’s Turns to Google Speech Rec for Its Birthday

I doubt too many people have ever heard Ronald McDonald, the Grimace, Hamburglar, or Mayor McCheese ever speak, which might explain why McDonald’s turned to Google for the speech recognition technology it will use as part of a campaign to celebrate its 40th anniversary in the United Kingdom. The fast food giant’s new ‘Celebrating 40 Years Together’ campaign will allow customers to […]

Speech Capturing a Vicious Killer

While we were all shocked and horrified by the brutal beheading of  American journalist James Foley by militant Islamic extremists last week, but we are heartened to know that speech technologies are being used to track his killer. According to a report in USA Today yesterday, investigators used voice recognition software to identify the masked man […]

Smartphones Drive Telematics Growth

Smartphones Drive Telematics Growth

Research firm MarketsandMarkets, in a new report, notes that commercial telematics has evolved from handheld free calling devices and screen-based navigation systems to now include geo-fencing, real-time location information, driver behavior analysis and early notification of accidents. The firm predicts that the global telematics market will undergo a compound annual growth rate of 17.7 percent […]

Speech Recommends My Meds

Speech Recommends My Meds

In Hungary, work is under way to develop a speech-based system that will be able to make drug recommendations for pharmacies, according to an article by Hungarian news agency MTI. According to the article, patients in a pharmacy describe their symptoms and the system is able to recommend non-prescription drugs to alleviate them. The patient speaks into […]

TTS Video Maker Software Creates Videos from Images

TTS Video Maker Software Creates Videos from Images

U.K.-based tech developer Video Maker has unveiled new software that employs text-to-speech technology to create videos from images. The company believes that its TTS offering has an edge over other text-to-speech solutions in the market since it uses real human voices versus robotic-sounding ones. Female voices are available in U.S. English, U.K. English, Spanish, Portuguese, […]