The ModelTalker System is a revolutionary speech synthesis software package developed by the Nemours Speech Research Laboratory and designed to benefit people who are losing or who have already lost their ability to speak. It allows people who use a Speech Generating Device (SGD) to communicate with a unique personal synthetic voice that is representative of their own voice.
The system uses recorded speech (either from a prospective SGD user or from a voice donor chosen by or for the SGD user) to create a unique synthetic voice. This synthetic voice is virtually unlimited, meaning it can be used to express almost anything, including words and phrases that were not recorded. We provide the software and assistance to guide users through this voice “banking” process. Once the recording is finished, the recordings will be converted to a synthetic voice. The voice, when combined with our ModelTalker Text-to-Speech system, can then be used with a growing number of SGDs and text to speech apps for mobile devices.
New Study on Speech Technology for Children with Cerebral Palsy
We are launching a new study as part of our Clinical Speech Technology Program! The goal of the study is to provide personalized synthetic voices to children with Cerebral Palsy and demonstrate the benefits to these children of having a voice of their own. For more information and details on participant recruitment, click here.
ModelTalker comes to the iPad
The UK-based company Therapy Box is working with us to bring this new technology to the forefront! Implementing ModelTalker voices into usable solutions is a brand new and unexplored field that has wider implications than someone just being able to use an app to communicate. Predictable 4 and ChatAble 2 will be the first iOS apps to utilize ModelTalker voices for AAC, greatly influencing the lives of those with communication difficulties. For more information about Therapy Box and these apps, click on the icons below.
Support for Mac OS X
You can now choose to download your ModelTalker voice for Apple computers running OS X 10.5 or newer. Your voice will be installed as a system voice that you can select from the System Preferences Dictation & Speech control panel.
Support for Android devices
ModelTalker voices are now compatible with the Android Speech TTS API. Your voice can be installed as the system default voice, and/or used by many Android Text to Speech applications.