Tuesday, May 13, 2014

More Crazy Ideas...

So, this past weekend I got a new smartphone. The Mrs. decided that it was time she joined the 21st century and traded in her flip phone for a smart phone, and since we were upgrading the plan anyways, I spent $100 and upgraded to the iPhone 5.

In addition to being faster, having a larger screen, and faster data access, the iPhone 5 also has Siri. This is the voice-recognition software that allows you to talk into the phone's microphone rather than typing text into searches. It also allows "texting" someone by speaking what you want typed. Yeah, I know, it's bassackwards - if you want to talk to someone to convey information, use the phone as it is intended, yadda yadda yadda.

Anyways, it got me to thinking (always a frightening concept). Can the reverse be done? It would seem to be a not-terribly difficult process to take typed speech and convert it to spoken word, like a modern version of teletype (well, no, but you get the idea). I'd wager it's already out there in one form or another.

So, are you pondering what I'm pondering? I'm thinking an entire line of celebrity voices - imagine Saffron from Firefly breathlessly reciting your texts. The possibilities are endless, from having Mel Blanc's Looney Tunes to Darth Vader to any number of options. I would imagine that there should be a short paragraph or two that would need to be recited by a voice actor to get all the tones needed, then sampled into full text.

Who would you want reading your texts and messages to you?

That is all.


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13 comments:

Stretch said...

Gregory Peck or Alexander Scourby

Pam said...

Use Siri a while. She is extremely stupid. And frustrating.

LMB said...

Text to speech has existed for a very long time. Celebrity voices and such aren't much of a leap for today's tech, especially given how many phonemes are already sampled for them all.

Hell, I remember playing with Dr. Sbaisto for the Sound Blaster Pro back in the 90s...

Armed Texan said...

Um, yeah. Siri will do that for you, I thought. That has been a standard feature on my Android phone for years and I am certain that iPhone does it as well.

http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/972112

Reuben said...

You can get an R Lee Ermey voice pack for some of Garmin's navigation units.

http://px.rleeermey.com/gunnys-g-r-rated-garmin-voice-skin-bundle

Ted said...

Homer and Mr Burns were the voices of my Nav system for a while ...... But it gets old very quickly.

........ So I went back to listening to the polite British girl

Dave H said...

My brother maintains that certain actors should be required by law to be recorded reading a dictionary before they die. His first two candidates are Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones.

lordjim said...

I set the work GPS so it gives directions in a growling death metal voice. I also haven't told anyone how to change it to something else.

juvat said...

Windows phone has that capability. Very nice to have a two way text conversation and never taking the phone out of my pocket.

Will Brown said...

Billie Piper as Belle de Jour as a sort-of sensual J.A.R.V.I.S., but I doubt any simple program could handle all the innuendo and double-entendre required.

9vMojo said...

fords with SYNC do it now.

George P. Burdell said...

Two words: Stephen Hawking

Daniel in Brookline said...

Mr. T. Definitely Mr. T.

"Turn right HERE, fool!!"

My lovely wife thinks I should ask for Elmer Fudd's voice instead. I told her I don't need help with that. "Tuwn wight onto Commonweawth Avenue. Heh-heh-heh-heh..."

I'm still waiting for the GPS that will say (imagine a calm, cultured female British accent here): "In two hundred metres, turn left. In one hundred metres, turn left. Turn left now. You missed your turn, you bloody fool. Now you've forced me to recalculate. I should just leave you stranded... it would serve you right."