Synthetic Voices Gets Personalized

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As commonly known, all of us are individuals. Everyone with his or hers particular personality and own expressions. Thus, it is not very controversial to think that all people should have the right to use their own voice to make themselves understood. This should be the case even if one cannot speak clearly.

Most people whom cannot express words in speech would of course want to avoid having a generic synthetic voice ála Stephen Hawking as their own. Fortunately, great progression has been made in research – particularly at the Northeast University of Boston.

The technology utilizes what is labelled “speech donors”, people of the same size and age as the person who wants to receive his or her real speaking voice. The person’s voice tone (since most people can make sounds even if they are unable to speak) is mixed with the speech donor’s pronunciation, which creates a layer of the own voice on top of the words of the donor. In this way pronunciation is mixed with personal characteristics and a voice is formed, which is then computer controlled in a fitting way.

With the help of technology it is possible to transmit nuances in the intrinsic voice of the recipient, such as vocal range, huskiness and breathing. The progress within this area is said to create massive joy for those who get the possibility to receive their own personal voice to express themselves with – and by this feel as individuals to a higher degree.

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