After months of keeping this very exciting project top secret, we are very happy to finally tell you about the new children’s voices for Proloquo2Go. As a first in the industry, AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have developed two authentic British children’s voices: Harry and Rosie.
Creating the new voices took more than 2,500 hours of research, recording, processing and development. With Text to Speech, any text can be spoken. This is achieved by analyzing the text to be spoken and dividing each word into sound combinations. During the recording sessions, Acapela Group collects all the sounds and sound combinations of the English language. Then, during the speech synthesis process, these sounds are glued together to create a word. Do you want to learn a little bit more about this process? Watch Vincent Pagel, Head of Research and Development at Acapela Group, explaining how it works.
Aside from all the technical work, the project also took the talent of two British children. They spent days in the recording studios speaking the strangest sentences (designed to capture as many sound combinations as possible), such as “She likes a new frog every Sunday and her birthday every new month”. Watch the video below for a peek behind the scenes.
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With Harry and Rosie, children can finally speak their thoughts and needs with a voice that resembles their own. It will be life-changing for children who have difficulty speaking.
These new voices will make such a difference to them and to their families - in particular, in terms of enabling them to be included, to have normal relationships with their peers and enjoy everything that so many other children take for granted
- England’s National AAC coordinator Anna Reeves. You can watch the video here.
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