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Subject: Re: Fw: A little wish list for the blind

Re: Fw: A little wish list for the blind

From: David McIntyre <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 09:30:52 -0800

Actually, the way the hardware is engineered, the only sounds that can be
played are mp3 through the decoder chip. The CPU is incapable of creating
mp3 encodings of phoenomes on the fly. There simply isn't enough horsepower to
do so. So if blind users want realtime voice synthesis, they will have to
choose another platform or pay for the SDK and re-program the MAS chip for
other duty.
Another choice here would be rewriting the lang files to be able to point to mp3
files containing voice clips of the various menu options. I'm not sure how easy
this would be, considering that the menu can be displayed while an mp3 is
currently playing. The talkbox mode would have to suspend play every time the
menu was entered so it had access to the sound channel. Perhaps the playing
file could be auto-bookmarked when the menu button was pressed and resumed then
the menu was exited.
I'm just tossing ideas out there, because I'm not a very good coder. I leave it
to others to do the dirty work. :)

On Wed, Feb 25, 2004 at 02:36:40PM +0000, John Pybus wrote:
> BlueChip wrote:
> >"Using the MP3 sounds might be okay, but there is a time lag in the MP3
> >sounds"
> >
> >Why's that then?
> >
> >"we would not want our menus to use MP3 files"
> >
> >Then we should not waste any further time on this project.
> Steady on there BlueChip. You seem to be the one quoting out of context!
> "we would not want our menus to use MP3 files AS OPPOSED TO synthetic
> speech"
> seems rather more of an opinion that low time-lag is considered more
> important than speech quality.
> Yours,
> John
> _______________________________________________

David McIntyre
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Received on 2004-02-25

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