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Congratulations to Cereproc, the Edinburgh-based text to speech (TTS) supplier, who won a META Seal of Recognition last week at the META Forum in Berlin for their text to speech software products, judged as actively contributing to the European Multilingual Information Society. Previous winners in the same technology space include Phonexia (Czech Republic), PerVoice (Italy), and Vocapia (France) for their Voxsigma suite.
The name Cereproc might be coined from the somewhat abstract expression “cerebral processing”, but the company’s feet seem to be firmly on the ground when it comes to developing innovative voice technology suited to a polyglot world. Their scalable and natural text to speech voices are both characterful and easy to integrate and apply, and they support a growing range of languages - English, Spanish, Catalan, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Romanian, Mandarin and Japanese – plus a variety of local accents for certain of these languages such as American English, British English, Northern English, Scottish English, Irish English, West Midlands - Black Country English, and Southern English.
The company’s current research efforts include developing voices that express specific “emotional” tones. These can range from angry to despairing voices and from delighted to merely content tonalities along with many finer shades of feeling. Applications will range from spoken eBooks and marketing content to gaming apps, robots and virtual assistants, many of which will be mediated through mobile platforms where voice is the prime content channel. All these voices are made available through the CereVoice Cloud, a text-to-speech web service offering developers easy access to the CereVoice 3 TTS engine, so that any application can be speech enabled with TTS output.
Text to speech has become a highly competitive business. AVIOS, a major speech industry get-together announced recently that speech tech had reached a “tipping point” in commercial applications. Amazon snapped up TTS firm Ivona in January this year, presumably to give an automatic voice to its customer experience facilities or possibly to its Kindle books. And both Facebook and Apple have been involved in speech acquisitions or announced projects, especially linking TTS to translation apps.
Despite the competition, this spells multiple opportunities for TTS. We expect to see Cereproc helping others to do a lot more talking the talk in the years ahead.
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LT in Europe
Jaap Van Der Meer (director of TAUS) is calling: for a Human Language Project. A hundred million Euro investment over the next five years in the Human Language Project will boost the language services sector to a hundred billion Euro plus industry, create the conditions for a truly open market in the European Union and spur growth in international trade and e-commerce.(Read Full Article)
Diego Bartolomé (CEO of Spain-based tauyou) has posted an article discussing new business models and innovative ways to position translation companies in an overcrowded marketplace.(Read Full Article)
Europe-based Temis has signed an SaaS agreement with The Radiological Society of North America to deliver Semantic Content Enrichment solutions to the society's website.
A 15 min video is aimed at developers interested in combining machine translation, automatic semantic analysis, human curation, faceted and federated search, and social media to create a machine-assisted multilingual longform content curation engine.(Read Full Article)
Irish is the 14th largest language out of 23 in the EU’s terminology database, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Dinny McGinley said the database contained nine million terms in the 23 official EU languages. The State had spent more than €1.85 million over five years having 50,000 Irish language terms translated for the database.(Read Full Article)
From mployability's (UK IT jobs aggregator) blog: We think that the Language Technology domain is the place to be in the next five years. To us, that seems fairly obvious and it’s everyone else who’s made, but we do appreciate that committing ourselves to a small, relatively unheralded corner of the technology industry might be seen as a strange move. So let us try and explain the rationale behind it.(Read Full Article)
Finnish firm Transfluent, the (language translation in social media, services and applications) has made its language localization software and service available in the UK government's G-Cloud CloudStore, offering more than 800 suppliers and more than 7,000 services to the public sector across all types of cloud service models.(Read Full Article)
Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, has criticised plans for a European single market for electronic communications. he said the plans ‘significantly limit net neutrality and interfere with end-users' rights to privacy and the protection of personal data,’ due to proposed traffic management measures. that could lead to monitoring personal data, emails, websites visited and files downloaded.(Read Full Article)
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LT Industry News
IDC forecasts the tablet growth will calm to single digits in 2017. One reason could be improvements in computer-human interaction via speech technology, which will make mobile devices with larger screens less vital.(Read Full Article)
VoiceTree Technologies (Indian cloud telephony) now provides a ‘Text to Speech’ conversion service in Indian-accented English for customers of Indian businesses.(Read Full Article)
Using speech technology, a smartwatch needs to be like a digital assistant and respond to almost anything - e.g. "re-schedule my meeting for this afternoon'. or 'I want to talk about venture capital.' The watch would then understand the terms I’m using and provide answers based on searches of my own email archive, etc.(Read Full Article)
Google's recent acquisitions in robotics, as well as its self-driving car programme, are all about capturing bast quantities of data on new markets about how we behave and what products & services we will need next.(Read Full Article)
A new online tool from Microsoft Research called Telepathwords guesses which character comes next as you type your password. The better Telepathwords is at guessing what you’ll type, the easier it will likely be for someone trying to attack your inbox or online bank account protected by that password.(Read Full Article)
US-based Toy Talk (speech apps) has launched the latest version of its iPad app - The Winston Show. It is built around the idea of kids having a spoken conversation with a cartoon character known as Winston and immediately incorporating the discussion into various animated skits.(Read Full Article)
AGNITiO “Voice iD” Enables User-Friendly App and Device Authentication and Secures Mobile Transactions
AGNITiO (voice biometrics) has rolles out a new website and Voice iD branding strategy. With Voice iD, consumers can speak into their smartphones and other mobile devices to log on hands free, securely access apps and documents, and make secure mobile payments, as well as use a voiceprint to identify themselves with call centers.(Read Full Article)
Google's Search app for iOS and Android can now speak out answers in French, German and Japanese, which also languages supported by Knowledge Graph. This probably means that Google will target Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian, also supported by Knowledge Graph.(Read Full Article)
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