Arabic voice simulator speaks volumes at GITEX

Speech Synthesis vendor the Acapela Group is unveiling the latest addition to its voice portfolio, Nizar — an Arabic voice version.

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Arabic voice simulator speaks volumes at GITEX The ‘IbnSina’ robot, an innovative use of Acapela’s Text-to-Speech.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 20, 2009

Speech Synthesis vendor the Acapela Group is unveiling the latest addition to its voice portfolio, Nizar — an Arabic voice version.

Acapela’s ‘Text-to-Speech’ solution, also known as speech synthesis, transforms, in real time, any written text into words which are then automatically spoken aloud. Text-to-speech speaks in several languages, even with accents, and modulates the speed, pauses and tones of the spoken word, with male, female or children’s voices.

The latest addition, Nizar — perfect for the Middle East region and visitors to GITEX Technology Week — is ready to vocalise any content, whatever the targeted platform or the service. It can work on servers, Macs and PCs, mobile devices including the iPhone or web services. Software Development toolkits and API are also included in the Nizar package suite to the vocalisation demand of any end-user.

To reproduce each language naturally, Acapela selects a speaker, professional and native, to record a script which contains all possible sounds of the language. The speaker reads the sentences from the script.

In the case of Nizar, in addition to the Arabic corpus, an English one has been improved to ensure the solution perfectly reads any content in English, from single words to whole texts, with the same voice. This, says the Acapela Group, is a real guarantee of comfort and easy listening for the end-user and a significant advantage and differentiator over other similar products in the market.

“You can integrate this in many areas, for instance we are working with telecoms companies to integrate this system for their automatic telephonic system,” explains Nawfal Tounsi, Sales Manager at the Acapela Group.

“We are working with GPS companies to integrate it on GPS systems, we are working with blind-aid groups which need text-speech access to use their computer, they need this to see. And we are working with mobile phone manufactures to have speech synthesis on their phones,” adds Tounsi.

 

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