Off Topic slightly - but with google's obvious generosity, I'm hoping that they will be able to integrate their technology into emacspeak. Anyway - it is promising news - here it is... Best wishes, David ============================ Google Acquires Speech Technology Firm Phonetic Arts Google on Friday added to its arsenal of acquisitions, but it wasn't the company's rumored purchase of Groupon. Instead, the search engine giant has purchased Phonetic Arts, a speech synthesis company based in England. "Phonetic Arts' team of researchers and engineers work at the cutting edge of speech synthesis, delivering technology that generates natural computer speech from small samples of recorded voice," Mike Cohen, manager of speech technology at Google, wrote in a blog post. Google said it cannot share the specific plans it has for Phonetic Arts just yet, but "we're confident that together we'll move a little faster towards that Star Trek future" of interacting with computers through speech, Cohen wrote. One focus is likely voice output, where a computer speaks to you. "Google Translate 'speaks' translated text in multiple languages, and you can listen to navigation instructions as you drive—but there's still a lot to do," Cohen said. "There's a particular focus right now in the U.K. on technology and innovation, and we're delighted to be deepening our investment in the country with this acquisition," Cohen continued, referencing the British prime minister's November blueprint for technology. "We already have a strong engineering center in London and look forward to welcoming Phonetic Arts to the team." In August, Google introduced the next generation of interaction with its Android operating system: voice-driven actions. Voice Actions for Android include phone calls, reminder e-mails, direction search, and music search. Chrome to Phone allows users to click on a new "mobile phone" icon to send links, YouTube videos, and directions, to the phone. In March, the company also made YouTube captioning available to all. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- To unsubscribe from the emacspeak list or change your address on the emacspeak list send mail to "firstname.lastname@example.org" with a subject of "unsubscribe" or "help".
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