26/07/2012 - CereProc offers Android users a Scottish accent
Text to speech (TTS) expert CereProc has introduced a female Scottish accent to its wide range of English language synthetic voices for Android.
Joining a cast of US, Irish, and male Scottish English voices currently available on Google Play, the female Scottish voice - Heather - offers an emotional and characterful voice to any TTS enabled application that requires speech output.
Commercially available to individuals seeking to integrate CereProc's patented voice creation technology - delivering high quality synthetic voices that retain the character and sentiment of the voice artist - into their mobile experience, this latest addition marks a significant investment by the speech technology company in the mobile platform.
"We've had such a fantastic response to the Heather voice so far that we made the decision to make it available for download on the Android market. People are increasingly carrying out activities using their personal devices so it made absolute sense for us to bring one of our most popular voices to the mobile platform. We're proud of our Heather voice and can't wait to see how people enjoy using it," explained Matthew Aylett, CTO at CereProc.
Having improved the speed of responsive, and text processing engine, this latest version of the Heather voice delivers realistic Scottish speech, configured to operate across a wide range of Android applications to enhance user experience and productivity.
With added supporting for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and available for download direct from Google Play, CereProc's latest synthetic voice offering for Android presents many opportunities for users wishing to create a more engaging and interactive experience using mobile devices.
Easy to configure and compatible with social media, news and feed aggregator iHear Network, users are able to listen to Facebook, Twitter and news feeds delivered via CereProc's Heather voice. Similarly, text to speech (TTS) enabled apps such as Google Navigation, eBook readers and SMS readers are capable of providing content via speech output in the form of the Scottish Heather voice, transforming mobile activity into an entirely Scottish sounding experience.
Dedicated to making TTS technology more accessible and more engaging for users, CereProc has taken a strategic multichannel approach to the development of its technology. Offering voice software that is compatible for deployment on multiple platforms including mobile and embedded devices, desktops and servers as integrated voice applications (IVA), CereProc enables speech output from text which is realistic and full of character and emotion.
Originally created for use within the Scottish education system to support students, and staff alike, software integrating the Heather TTS voice offers Scottish educational and information resources spoken using a Scottish synthetic voice. Designed to support individuals who require assistive and alternative communication aids for speech output, and those visually impaired users dependent upon the TTS technology to access digital resources, the synthetic voices also serve to support tools that improve productivity when embedded into wider mainstream multichannel practices.