In­no­va­tion: Peo­ple who can’t speak use Vo­caliD to find their voice

Bloomberg Businessweek (Asia) - - CONTENTS - −Olga Kharif

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The first seven of Vo­caliD’s ini­tial 60 sub­jects re­ceived their cus­tom voices in De­cem­ber, and the soft­ware is slated for wider re­lease on­line by yearend. Pa­tel is seek­ing $1 mil­lion to fur­ther au­to­mate the voice-build­ing process. “Cost and whether in­sur­ance is go­ing to cover it will be the big thing,” says Lisa Schoen­brodt, who chairs the speech sci­ence depart­ment at Loyola Univer­sity Mary­land. Pa­tel says she’s work­ing on bring­ing the price down to below $1,000, and on pitches to ro­bot­ics and gam­ing com­pa­nies.

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