Saturday, 9 May 2009

9. Using avatars - Star Trek style

I have yet to see research on the use of avatars, but I believe that they will be the future of text-to-speech, and will help make the text more "user friendly". Of course when a person watches the mouth closely, they do it to get clues as to what sound was made. These avatars do not (yet) provide enough detail to help in this sense. But they make it more interesting. This is a site that allows one to upload ones own photos to become the avatar. You can then use the text-to-speech to have your own words said. And you can even share the site with others.

This is put here as a glimpse of the future, and as a piece of fun for kids to experiment with text-to-speech in a novel and motivating way.




No comments: