Makers, developers and hobbyists but enjoy building Raspberry Pi projects might be interested in a new development add-on board called the RaspiVoice which has been developed by Werner Terreblanche based in New Zealand.
The RaspiVoice is a Raspberry Pi based text-to-voice board that has been created to make it easier to add a voice to any Arduino, Gadgeteer or other micro-controller project. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the RaspiVoice project and see it in action.
The RaspiVoice project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise just $500 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production. Terreblanche its creator explains a little more :
“RaspiVoice works by having about 9000 popular commonly English spoken words saved as WAV file on the SD card. When you send a text sentence li.ke “Hello world”, it will break it into indivdual words an play the two files called “hello.wav” and “world.wav” in quick succession, making it sound like a sentence. And each of these 9000 words are stored in a male and female voice so you can even switch mid sentence.
Because it plays individual files for each word, these sounds very realistic and clear. But when you make long sentences it does not have good flow. This is not good enough for something like ebook reading etc, but its perfectly acceptable for say short sentences like “Movement detected kitchen area”. It ws developed with technical applications in mind and therefore supports most commonly used technical jargon words.
I’m not in the business of selling Raspberry Pi’s itself… you can pick them up for very cheaply on places like Ebay. Instead I sell just the software and a little interface board I call the “RaspiVoice Shield”. You buy your own Raspberry Pi, amplifiers, speakers etc what you will need at the best price you can get them. I will post details on my website how to download an SD card image that will allow your Raspberry Pi to become a RaspiVoice device. Only requirement is that you MUST use the RaspiVoice shield that I provide. ”
So if you think RaspiVoice is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help RaspiVoice become a reality.