Researchers at Toshiba in Japan are working on a Very Cute Talking Robot that functions as a voice-activated universal remote control. Named ApriPoko, the robot stands 11 inches tall, weights 5 pounds, and is still in R&D Phases. No word on when ApriPoko will be available to the public. But when he is, the little […]
Volume 2: Synthesize it Loud, Synthesize it Proud This installment of our ongoing series in the history of speech is sure to bring nostalgic remembrances to all you Speech Heads born in the late 70s to early 80s. Just a little more than thirty years ago, Texas Instruments brought us an important development would change […]
If the latest issue of Speech Technology hadn’t already gone to press, you might see me running through the labyrinth that is Speech Tech HQ, whilst shouting “Stop The Presses” as a crowd of sooty-faced newsboys stared at me with awe, respect and the deepest admiration. “What’s he doing?” one would say. “Haven’t you heard?” […]
It seems that 2008 has been the Year Of The Creepy Talking Robot. Who could forget this or this or even this. And as such, it seems only fitting to bid farewell to 2008 and ring in 2009 with yet another Creepy Talking Robot. This one comes to us courtesy of Japan’s Gifu University’s Graduate […]
LG announces the release of a speech-enabled video phone wristwatch. I wax euphorically about Dick Tracy’s watch.
Some thoughts on the state of biometric speech in toys and pricing in speech altogether.