Rockbox mail archiveSubject: RE: ANNOUNCE: Rockbox "talkbox"
RE: ANNOUNCE: Rockbox "talkbox"
From: Aman Singer <aman_at_asinger.net>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 11:00:55 -0400
Interesting - I suppose these audiobooks are available only to
blind people in the US?
It depends on the service. Some of them broadcast directly over
the SAP channels or FM subcariers, so are available to anyone with a TV
or suitable radio. Others send stories over the web, and still others
put their readings up in MP3 format. Sorry for going OT.
While I like the idea of using small pre-recorded mp3s to
announce directory entries, I want full access to menus and the text
I'd kill for full access to the menus on the player I have here.
Though I know this may not be doable with the player, it would be
wonderful if it could be done. The menus aren't bad to navigate, since
they don't seem to be circular, so you always know where you are if you
hit the correct keys, but speech access would definitely be a plus.
From: owner-rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se [mailto:owner-rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se] On
Behalf Of Mark Greenslade
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: ANNOUNCE: Rockbox "talkbox"
> I do volunteer work at a reading service for the visually impaired. I
Interesting - I suppose these audiobooks are available only to blind
people in the US?
> actually use my JBR to record stories from home or while traveling,
> and upload them to the server.
> If Rockbox had talking menus and directories, the players and
> recorders would be a huge hit among the clients and the agencies that
> serve them.
I am actually in the process of testing A text to speech engine which
will work with rockbox. I don't have time to elaborate further save to
say that I have implimented a kind of formant synthesizer (search for
klatt or rsynth for more info). I hope over the weekend to have a demo
finished for people to download.
Someone on the list mentioned "SPEECH" for the BEEB. I remember it well
; I used it as part of a talking word processor for the blind.
While I like the idea of using small pre-recorded mp3s to announce
directory entries, I want full access to menus and the text browser.
> Aman Singer writes:
> > Hi.
> > The author hasn't mentioned, based upon a cursory search of the
> > archives, whether this will work with the player as well as the
> > recorder. Does it do so? It would be very helpful for the blind, for
> > obvious reasons. Hey, how about implementing speech for the menus
> > too :) Aman
Received on 2003-05-08