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[News] How GNU/Linux is Doing at Text-to-Speech, Graphics Stack Improving

  • Subject: [News] How GNU/Linux is Doing at Text-to-Speech, Graphics Stack Improving
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 09:46:04 +0000
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Text-to-Speech Software for Linux

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| Text-to-Speech Software for Linux: If you've 
| been using Mac OS X or Windows Vista before, 
| you may be a bit disappointed to learn that 
| there's no speech synthesizer or text-to-speech 
| (TTS) application that is installed by default 
| on your Linux distribution. For those of you 
| who don't know what a speech synthesizer is, 
| it's simply a computer program that converts 
| normal language text into speech. Text-to-
| speech software can be of great help 
| particularly for people who are visually 
| impaired and those who are mute.


The software renderer

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| Currently the entire fragment pipeline is code-
| generated. Over the last two weeks I've been 
| implementing the vertex pipeline, which I'm 
| hoping to merge soon (hence the light smile). 
| Code generating the entire vertex pipeline 
| isn't exactly trivial, but one can divide it 
| into individual pieces and that makes it a bit 
| easier. Start with the vertex shader, then go 
| back and do the fetch and translate, then again 
| move forward and do the emit, then go back and 
| do the viewport transformations and clipping 
| and so on, finally combine all the pieces 
| together.



Intel spins text-to-speech device for the visually impaired

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| Intel announced a Linux-based device with
| optical character recognition and text-to-
| speech technology. Designed for visually
| impaired or dyslexic users, the Atom-based
| Intel Reader is equipped with a five-megapixel
| camera for snapping photographs of text, which
| it then simultaneously displays and reads
| aloud, says Intel.


IDEO: Intel Reader for the visually impaired revealed

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| Powered by the Intel Atom processor and
| boasting 2GB flash memory storage said to be
| good for 500,000 pages of text, it runs Linux
| and some third-party software. Battery life
| for reading aloud is said to be 4 hours.

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