AT&T Labs claims to have developed the most human-sounding computer-speech system in the world. And if you don’t believe it, you can listen to the system converting your own text to speech on the company web site.
AT&T Labs ‘Natural Voices Text-to-Speech’ has two parts. The first is a text-to-speech ‘engine,’ which turns written words into natural-sounding speech. The second includes a library of voices, and the ability to custom-develop a voice, perhaps duplicating a celebrity spokesperson for a business.
The Natural Voices Text-to-Speech system is the first entry in a new portfolio of speech products, including those that will run on cellphones and other devices.
Customers for AT&T Labs Natural Voices Text-to-Speech include businesses that operate call centres, application service providers that create voice portals, and value-added resellers that offer speech services.
To listen in, go to the naturalvoices web site.