AT&T Natural Voice

Here’s another little puzzlement: AT&T sells many flavors of its Natural
Voice in Software Development Kits. Each kit is $295. That’s right, neither
programmer nor end user is able to customize the voice itself. They must
select from whatever voices AT&T offers. No doubt that’s one reason why
their voices sound so good. Yet, that lack of customization also means the
voices can’t be personalized. That probably seems a small price to pay to
most people. most people, however, aren’t disabled.

I’ve noticed that even healthcare professionals have a great deal of
difficulty grasping the concept that any device a disabled person uses to
interact with the world around him eventually becomes a logical part of his
own body. Those devices become very personal so it’s important that they be
customizable. Who wants to sound just like everyone else that uses similar
software?

On a related note, Words+ reports to be Dr. Stephen Hawkins’ vendor. Well
doctor, I submit respectfully that there are other solutions that could
improve your intelligibility. Just for comparison, Xpress It’s Eloquence
allows its end users to be anyone from a tiny child to a dirty old man (or
woman).

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