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SVOX Pico for Mobile Phones Announced

Speech Technologies Featured Article

November 05, 2007

SVOX Pico for Mobile Phones Announced

TMCnet Assistant Editor

In a bid to assist people and businesses with better embracing mobile speech technology, SVOX (News - Alert), a provider of text-to-speech based speech output solutions, has introduced SVOX Pico, a new dedicated handset solution featuring Hidden Markov Model (HMM)-based text-to-speech.
With the offering, it will be easier for people and businesses to make use of the benefits provided by hands-free mobile solutions and will go beyond the typical one or two use cases to instead support a wide range of applications.
The SVOX Pico, which will be available in 2008, will offer advanced capabilities for cell phones, by "breathing life into them" in 20 plus languages, the company notes.
The offering will support a wide range of applications and will make it possible for users to enjoy more natural and intelligible text-to-speech output—for a truly hands-free and eyes-free experience.
SVOX Pico will also include a low footprint (ca. 1 MB) as well as offer support for rapid and easy voice and language updates.
Of the advanced benefits offered by SVOX Pico, "the unparalleled footprint / quality ratio is the breakthrough for speech technology in the mobile phone market," a news release noted.

"Success in the mobile space means integrating powerful speech solutions that enhance the cell phone user experience," said Eric Lehmann, CSO, SVOX in a statement. "By supporting mobile device companies in more than 20 languages, we are building upon our long and successful alliance with the mobile industry to provide people with a compelling embedded speech solution."
According to Lehmann, the company will support customers in the growing mobile industry with the roll-out of dozens of new languages and will increase their portfolio to over 40 languages in 2009.

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