Text-to-speech module or IC suppliers

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Text-to-speech module or IC suppliers

Post by SETEC_Astronomy » Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:41 am

Can anyone point me to a few text-to-speech modules or an IC with the same function? I know I've run across several suppliers of text-to-speech modules but now that I'm in the market for one I can't seem to find them. I seem to remember that N&V had an issue within the past year that featured text-to-speech.

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Post by Bob Scott » Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:24 am

Apparently, Macs and Windows XP have text to speech capabilities.

You might google "hawking text to speech".

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Post by psycho » Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:35 am

Parallax has one (had?)... also try entering the following into google:
"text to speech" +IC
And check out the results.

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Post by jwax » Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:38 pm

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Post by SETEC_Astronomy » Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:55 pm

I finally found the chip I was looking for that I remembered from a N&V article, it's called the speakjet and is available from speechchips.com. Unfortunately you need two of their chips for a complete solution and the total cost is $40. :( For that much money I could buy a used laptop off of ebay or craigslist, load it with linux and run an open source text-to-speech program like espeak. It's a shame I was really hoping to find a cost effective IC solution. I've downloaded the source to espeak in the hopes of somehow porting it to a PIC micro. Espeak is written in C and as long as I find a powerful enough chip and use the espeak algorithms their is a minute possibility of success, I hope. If anyone knows of a homebrew uC version I'd love to know about it.

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