Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Interview with Tom Glynn, the voice of Kindle 2

The news site has a neat interview with Tom Glynn, the voice of the text-to-speech feature in Amazon’s new Kindle 2 e-reader. Here’s an excerpt:

"The Kindle gig is an off-shoot of my work for the speech recognition company Nuance, who developed text-to-speech, or TTS. I record a massive amount of fragments and random sentences, and they're able to chop them up in a way that allows my voice to speak whatever is written down -- that's an over-simplification, since I don't understand all the intricacies of how it works. Through TTS,
I'm also the voice of the National Weather Service and the Phoenix Airport, to name a couple. I love technology, so I think it's pretty cool."

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