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multiple emacspeak sessions and viovoice on laptops
On Fri, 6 Oct 2000 09:53:14 +1100 (EST), RAYNER Peter
>I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my attempts to get multiple
>emacspeak sessions talking through viavoice. I think a fair bit of my
>thought at that stage was wrong so I should try again.
>Here's the set-up: emacspeak-12.0 on rh6.2 using the viavoice beta (is
>this still the only version for linux?) all running on a Dell
>CPIR-GT400. Sadly this machine doesn't have multiplexed sound
>capability in hardware, a disadvantage in several respects.
>On this machine (I'll call it my-machine here) I can start two
>emacspeak sessions on two virtual consoles and switch between them.
>There's usually a delay as I do so. I'm betting the speech-server
>dies and restarts each time, although the MESSAGES buffer doesn't
>*seem* to show this as universal. Raman had mentioned to me there
>might be some timing issues. Anyway it always comes back to life.
>Of course running two emacspeak sessions on the same machine isn't the
>most useful thing one can do.
You may have missed something there.
I've been hoping someone will put together the
pieces for a web browser that will go out and
find text, run it through a translator, output
it as interlinear with a cursor highlight for
each of the two lines simultaneously while speaking
one language in one ear time synchronized with the
other language in the other ear.
The idea would be to have the unit in a wearable in
a fanny pack where it could eighteen hours a day
provide the simul singing.
It is a complex problem that I have been thinking
about for a couple of decades. I was going to call
it multi-lingual singing teacher, MLST, for short.
>On the second virtual console I can
>also rlogin to remote-machine and start emacspeak there with the
>remote-tcl script as the server and the variables set to point back to
>my-machine. This also works and I can also switch between the two
>virtual consoles, again with a delay. Presumably the speech-server
>is being killed and restarted many many times.
>What I *can't* do is start the direct tcp-based server and have
>remote-machine point back to it. Is this because the speech-server
>won't kill the existing one and take over the dsp? Certainly, as I
>mentioned last time, it complains about not being able to open the
>1) convince work to buy a new laptop with more advanced sound
>capability. Other advantages would be getting auditory icons and
>2) Hope ESD can fill the gap in software, didn't look like much
>advance there last I looked.
>3) try to get the tcp-based speech-server to emulate the homicidal
>tendencies of the rsh-based one.
>4) Try to arrange a vioavoice server which can accept multiple connections
>Are there, btw, many other people using viovoice on laptops and
>running into these kind of restrictions?
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