Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Less Robot - More Human

Our experiment with fully customizable radio called illicited lots of feedback. One nifty feature is that you can have articles read to you which means a degree of customization far beyond what other audio channels allow. To read the articles we use TTS (text to speech). These voices attempt to speak as well as humans but users reported version 1 as being too robotic. Working with our partner we have improved the voices making them more natural and handling proper nouns better. Go build your own station (it's free) or if you're already created one give it a listen on the web or Android client. A new version of the Apple client will support it coming out shortly.