We are very proud to announce that the genuine British children’s voices Harry and Rosie that AssistiveWare created together with Acapela Group are now finalist for the BETT Awards 2013! The two voices, that are available in AssistiveWare's Proloquo2Go, Pictello and Infovox iVox, are nominated in the ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions category. BETT is Europe's largest educational technology show, and possibly one of the largest in the world. AssistiveWare attends each year in the Special Educational Needs section.
Caroline Wright, director of BESA and chair of judging: “Despite schools now realising that they do have strong available budgets, teachers are becoming more shrewd in assessing the aptness of products for their specific needs. Products therefore need to be of the highest standard to ensure that, aside from the initial purchase price, the total cost of ownership is low. This is what the judges have identified; products that offer the highest quality and are fit for purpose. These Bett Award finalists are certainly companies that schools can safely consider to be amongst the best available.”
Earlier this year, in June, we released the first-ever British children’s voices. As 60% of all high-tech AAC users are 11 years old or younger, we felt it was of utmost importance to create real children’s voices. Before, children could only speak with an adult voice or an artificially emulated children’s voice. These low-quality children’s voices sounded very robotic and simply not genuine. With the new children’s voices, kids can finally speak with a voice that resembles their own.
Watch the making of the children's voices Harry and Rosie
Watch Anna Reeves talk about the importance of real children's voices
We also have two American children’s voices: Josh and Ella
. Both the British and the American children’s voices are available in our Pictello, Proloquo2Go and Infovox iVox applications. Starting from January other companies will also be able to license the voices for their software.
We are incredibly proud of this achievement. The judges, comprised of leading education sector stakeholders, now have the tough task to evaluate all 7 finalists in our category and decide who the winner of the prestigious award will be. The winner will be announced during the BETT Show in London, at the Bett Awards dinner on Wednesday January 30, 2013. Our British children’s voices have serious competition, so it will be an exciting award ceremony. Keep an eye on our website, because we will definitely keep you updated!
Are you interested in hearing the voices? Feel free to listen to them below, or stop by our booth #C110 at BETT to hear our Harry, Rosie, Josh and Ella in action!