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Vocal Font

A vocal font is a way of classifying computer-mediated voices, each of which read a passage of text slightly differently. Each vocal font adds its own emphasis and inflection to the words, just as a graphical font adds visual characteristics to the letters. With vocal fonts, you can define which section of a body of text are to be read in which manner, creating the right conversational tone for a presentation without employing additional sentient minds to say the piece.

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The Vocal Joystick is a hardware interface for those with severe disabilities such as motor impairments. Provided they can make sounds with their larynx, even if they are not words, the user can navigate a virtual environment, or web page.

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AI Development > SEMAINE Project
The SEMAINE project strivees towards an artificial intelligence capable of understanding non-vocal communication from a human.

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A True Virtual Voice: First Steps
Texas Instruments unveiled one of the first steps towards a true virtual voice in early 2008. A collar forming the ability to speak without using the vocal cords.

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People conform to the norm – whether that norm is physical or virtual
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Industry news, originally posted in January 2015, deemed too important to be allowed to fade. Often enough it is human nature to conform. This website makes us follow the lead of computers, even if the machines give us the wrong advice. This is the finding of a study in Springer’s journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review that investigates how people make judgment calls after interacting within a virtual environment.


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In 1997, the actress and singer Julie Andrews lost her singing voice following surgery to remove noncancerous lesions from her vocal cords. She came to Steven Zeitels, a professor of laryngeal surgery at Harvard Medical School, for help.

Help is on the way for people who suffer from vocal cord dysfunction. Researchers are developing methods that will contribute to manufacturing voice prostheses with improved affective features. For example, for little girls who have lost th...

A new automated vocal analysis technology could fundamentally change the study of language development as well as the screening for autism spectrum disorders and language delay, reports a study in the July 19 online Proceedings of the Natio...

The sound of the roar of a big cat is unique, a loud, deep bellowed roar that is the product of their unique larynx structure. Like with everything else in avatar design and embodiment, if you wish to duplicate something virtually, it is es...


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