Read it or hear it? Say it or type it?
December 1, 2007 12:43 PM   Subscribe

posted by psmealey at 12:53 PM on December 1, 2007

You are a better person than me psmealey. My first thought was to make it swear like a longshoreman.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 1:33 PM on December 1, 2007

"The razor toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasaimus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human, but do enjoy snacking on cellphones and mobile dictation devices...
posted by janetplanet at 1:39 PM on December 1, 2007

Someday they'll invent a way for the recipient to understand the message without having to read it.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 1:44 PM on December 1, 2007

That is pretty cool.
posted by Mr_Zero at 1:54 PM on December 1, 2007

I had to mess with it before I could get it to read ad copy. This is what I ended up entering to get the pacing and pronunciation somewhat close to what I thought it should be:

This is a gorgeous two-thousand three Mercedes Benz SL-five-hundred road-ster, with, thugh rare, de zeeneo appearance package. As the classic German luxury sports car, the SL-five-hundred offers-near-perfection throughout. This, superbly-maintained example has both the de zeeneo silver exterior and the de zeenio black leather interior. With sublime-competence across a wide-range of driving-situations, this SL-five-hundred, with its low mileage and fantastic options, offers an excellent value for the discern-ing car buyer.
posted by bz at 2:23 PM on December 1, 2007

the thread so far
(on preview: sorry, bz, you didn't make the cut)
posted by finite at 2:31 PM on December 1, 2007

Does anybody know of a free service like this that could actually be used as a screenreader?

Trying to get it to read the spanish wikipedia to me, vozMe says Lo sentimos. El texto es demasiado largo. There is also IBM Text-to-Speech Research where their robot voices have a few different expressive intonations, but unfortunately their web demo is limited to 30 words.
posted by finite at 2:52 PM on December 1, 2007

finite: tha's okay. I didn't expect to make any cut. For some reason, I get an error and am unable to play the other's results so I don't know what I am up against.
posted by bz at 3:08 PM on December 1, 2007

Awesome! Now I can become internationally-acclaimed for my experimental electronic music! Feel free to pay me whatever you like.

posted by Bugg at 4:21 PM on December 1, 2007

HAL is also entertaining.
posted by Bugg at 4:25 PM on December 1, 2007

Bugg -- you broke it! It's like HAL dying...
posted by spiderskull at 5:20 PM on December 1, 2007

When I was a teenager, I built a speech synthesiser around the old SP-AL-02 chip (or was it an SC-01?). Connected to the parallel port of my Microbee computer, the real trick was writing software to parse text input and convert each word to the correct phoneme sequence.

My mother was very proud of the many hours I spent fine-tuning my text-to-speech code in order to get it to correctly pronounce "bullshit".
posted by Pinback at 9:06 PM on December 1, 2007 [1 favorite]

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