VocaliD Creates Voices for the “Voiceless”


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“The little ‘D’ on your license indicates that you’re willing to donate your organs when you die. But you don’t have to be dead to donate a piece of yourself. A new company lets people donate their voices to those without them,” described Rose Eveleth to www.smithsonianmag.com.

Generally, such patients are stuck with generic computerized voices, like physicist Stephen Hawking. “For these individuals, this is the only way that they interact with people around them,” said Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University in Boston and VocaliD’s co-director, reportedtimesofindia.indiatimes.com.

In order to solve this problem, Professor Rupal Patel from Northwestern University and Dr Tim Bunnel from Nemours Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children have created a new technology called VocaliD that can build synthetic voices using whatever vocal sounds a patient can produce. These are then put together with a voice from a donor who matches the patient’s age, gender and size,  statedwww.ibtimes.co.uk.

The researchers listen to the limited sounds that their patients are able to produce. These utterances shed light on what that person’s speech might sound like – whether it’s high-pitched, raspy or breathy, according to www.ndtv.com.

Further, as VocaliD points out on its website, if you bank your own voice, you could recreate it later on should you ever find yourself needing it, reported hothardware.com.