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Tag: Speech

Converse with a Computer So You Can Talk to Humans Better

Converse with a Computer So You Can Talk to Humans Better
Some people are born with the gift of gab, while others are simply lacking in it. For the latter group, there’s something called the “My Automated Conversation Coach” system that can help them out a lot…
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iCub Robot Learns to Talk Like a Baby

iCub Robot Learns to Talk Like a Baby
When last we saw iCub, he was learning to crawl like a baby and even count numbers like one. Now he has learned to talk like one. Human instructors have taught the bot to talk like…
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Voiceless Comedian Enlists iPad as Sidekick, Expected Hilarity Ensues

Voiceless Comedian Enlists iPad as Sidekick, Expected Hilarity Ensues
Lee Ridley has cerebral palsy. One of its unfortunate consequences is that he lost his voice as a child, and according to him he “hasn’t found it since.” But he’s still able to do stand-up comedy,…
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Scientists Working on Dolphin Translation Machine

Scientists Working on Dolphin Translation Machine
This sounds like something out of a science fiction TV show or movie, and in fact, it is. I used to really like SeaQuest DSV where they had a dolphin with a translator thing on its…
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Mimicry Pet Hamster is Possibly the Most Annoying Toy Ever

Mimicry Pet Hamster is Possibly the Most Annoying Toy Ever
If you’re looking for a new way to annoy the crap out of everyone you know, then look no further than the latest in Japanese toy tech – the amazing Mimicry Pet hamster.…
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Talking Piano Speaks in English: Says It’S Mad as Hell About the Environment, and is Not Going to Take It Anymore

Talking Piano Speaks in English: Says It’S Mad as Hell About the Environment, and is Not Going to Take It Anymore
File this under “weirdest use for a piano. ever.”. This amazing bit of programming and mechanical engineering has created what is probably the first and only classical piano that can speak in English.…
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Nintendo Ds Korg Ds-10 Sings Daft Punk

Nintendo Ds Korg Ds-10 Sings Daft Punk
If you’ve ever played with the KORG DS-10 cartridge for the Nintendo DS, you know how much fun you can have making tunes with your handheld. But did you know that the DS-10 can sing songs?…
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Proloquo2go: iPhone App Gives Speech Impaired a Voice

Proloquo2go: iPhone App Gives Speech Impaired a Voice
The iPhone app store is loaded up with tens of thousands of apps ranging from video games, to GPS software to fart apps. But here’s an application that can actually change lives. Proloquo2Go is an amazing…
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Aitalk Adds Voice Command to Ipods

Aitalk Adds Voice Command to Ipods
If you thought that buying the new iPhone 3GS was the only way to get voice control on an iPod, you’re wrong. Thanks to this new accessory, you’ll be able to add voice command to other…
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Robothespian Masters the Classics

Robothespian Masters the Classics
Back in the day, I did my stint designing lighting and sets for community theater companies, so I’ve seen more than my share of wooden acting. But this is the first time I’ve ever seen metal…
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Rare Rdi Halcyon Laserdisc Console Up for Auction

Rare Rdi Halcyon Laserdisc Console Up for Auction
Back in the early 1980s, long before the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3 dominated the “next-gen” video game market, a little known console lived on the cutting-edge of gaming technology. The RDI Halcyon was a LaserDisc-based…
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Giant Inflatable Talking Robots Invade Wal-Mart

Giant Inflatable Talking Robots Invade Wal-Mart
I’ve always wanted a headline like that. It sounds like something out of Weekly World News. However, I assure you that this time it’s 100% accurate. The Mega Mech Airmagination Inflatable Robot has to be one…
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IPhone Recognizes Speech Courtesy of Voicesignal

IPhone Recognizes Speech Courtesy of Voicesignal
The engineers over at VoiceSignal have put together a prototype voice recognition application for the iPhone that makes it capable what I’ve been dreaming that Apple would add to its iPods for years. The demo application,…
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Pmp Plays Music, Video, Games, Even Reads Books Aloud

Pmp Plays Music, Video, Games, Even Reads Books Aloud
Here’s another cheapie media player that manages to cram everything but the kitchen sink into a single device. Chinavasion’s latest media player not only handles your music and videos with aplomb, it can also emulate a…
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Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer: if Stephen Hawking Could Sing

Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer: if Stephen Hawking Could Sing
Text-to-speech software meets alternative music with this strangely compelling computer which has been programmed to sing. Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer sings covers of everything from Radiohead to Portishead to The Stone Roses in his computerized drone. In…
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Robot Can Understand Several People Talking at Once

Robot Can Understand Several People Talking at Once
Here’s a pretty impressive demonstration of a complex new speech recognition technology. The robot in this video clip is able to listen to three people speaking at the same exact moment, understand exactly what they each…
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