Sign post with myths and facts

For blind users only…

Not only. Text to speech helps millions of users such as people with limited literacy skills, learners, dyslectics, foreign-born, multitaskers, seniors and more. A Unesco report shows that 793 million adults in the world can neither read nor write. 30 million US adults have below basic understanding of the English language. Text to speech is of course very important for helping blind users access written content but it also facilitates the lives of many other people as well.

Only available as a desktop application…

Text to speech is available in many different forms; desktop applications being an example amongst others. It can be found in browser plugins, built-in different operating systems, but also for content owners to use as a service so that their end users benefit from the best possible customized speech experience. We believe that content owners such as e-learning companies for example should control how their courses are delivered in audio format and their end-users should just sit back, click & listen!

Text-to-speech voices are robotic and dull…

Text to speech has greatly evolved since the late 18th century and the invention of this technology by Wolfgang von Kempelen. At ReadSpeaker, we use a technique called unit selection that generates voices that are near-to-human in sound. They are based on real recorded speech which is then sampled. This is still what is called concatenation synthesis but the used units are larger than phonemes, sometimes complete sentences. Try out some of the 35+ languages we propose and tell us what you think! [speech-enabling_websites]