The voice behind screen readers

Speech synthesizers are computer systems used to imitate speech, reading out text input in a simulated voice. Finding a speech synthesizer that works for you can take time and research. Over the years we have seen many improvements to speech synthesizers. When first introduced, speech synthesizers were barely intelligible. But blind and visually impaired people adapted and rely heavily, on the rough, robotic sounding voices. 

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Tyler Woods, Community Member @ Fable

“No speech synthesizer is perfect. However, in 2019, there are enough options available that people can find one that suits their needs.”

Who uses speech synthesizers?

Blind people are not the only ones who take advantage of speech synthesizers. People with Dyslexia can also benefit greatly from speech programs, using them as an aid for reading and writing. It can help organize their thoughts, give them an opportunity to listen to, and fully understand, what they’ve written, as well as identify spelling errors.

Stephen Hawking, who suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), used a speech synthesizer to communicate,