Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL

Human to Computer interface devices are evolving at a tremendous rate, with much of that evolutionary progress coming from research performed by our Scientists at AT&T Labs. One of the major areas of current study is Text to Speech (TTS), with an emphasis on improving intelligibility and access for users with learning, vision, or hearing disabilities.

The central effort is driven by the need to listen to the spoken word at rates other than “normal”, which TTS has honed down fairly well. It’s the varied rates needed by the special needs population that is being researched. One of the completed studies on Fast Synthesized Speech for Adults with Early-Onset Blindness is available here.

It’s important to note that the mobile user base also will benefit from these studies, and this TTS research effort augments our  Natural Language studies.

A rare opportunity exists to help improve TTS overall that you can participate in. I just did the study, myself, and it took less than the 25 minutes indicated. Some of the generated statements are quite funny, but the net result is research that will greatly improve the ability of computing devices to execute text to speech translation.

Of course, the entire time I was doing the study, I kept waiting for the shock.

If you’d like to participate in this quick and easy study, click here. You’d be doing a good thing.
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