Text to Speech Widget

Posted on 7 February, 2008

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I’ve discussed with colleagues many times my frustrations with voice communication in virtual worlds.  My view is that real-time voice communication in games like the Battlefield Series improve the game experience no end.  However virtual worlds like World of Warcraft or Second Life are both places where the user may choose to create an alter-ego in preference to a direct mirror their real world self.  In these situations communicating by voice destroys the illusion.

That is of course unless the voice communication is a synthesized one.  Cepstral have created a text to speech widget for the IMVU virtual world as demonstrated in the following clip.

The voices are a little clipped but this could be the beginning of a trend and it will be interesting to see if other virtual worlds look to embed similar applications.  You can test the service at Cepstral’s demo page, choosing between a range of voices and effects.

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