Near Human Voice Sound Quality Claimed in Software ProgramBy AT Journal, Vol. 52, No. 1
Publication Date: July 2002
Article describing TextAssist 4.0 from Mindmaker, Incorporated, which is an advanced reader agent that empowers the computer with the ability to synthesize human voices from any Windows application. TextAssist features multiple pre-defined voices, which can be fully customized to allow users to create new voices by changing the pitch, speed, richness, and other speech characteristics. The program also allows for customization of the way it pronounces words, and incorporates features for displaying text with a magnified font, as words are magnified as they are spoken. When used in the classroom, TextAssist can help students who are learning to read, or who are learning English as a second language. The program can also be valuable for people with learning disabilities, speech impairments, dyslexia, and visual impairments. TextAssist is powered by FlexVoice, which is Mindmaker’s text-to-speech program.
Assistive Products Discussed: FLEXVOICE
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