Monday, March 01, 2010

CereProc, text-to-speech techstartup, gives Roger Ebert his voice back

Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak nearly four years ago, when he underwent a tracheostomy, a procedure that opens an airway through an incision in the windpipe, after surgery for cancer in his jaw.

CereProc, founded in 2005, creates text-to-speech solutions for any type of application.

The Company's core product, CereVoice, is available on any platform, from mobile and embedded devices to desktops and servers.

The voices have character, making them appropriate for a far wider range of applications than traditional text-to-speech systems. Our voices sound engaging when reading long documents and web pages, and add realistic, emotional, voices to animated characters.

CereProc has assembled a leading team of speech experts, with a track record of academic and commercial success.

They partner with a range of companies and academic institutions to develop exciting new markets for text-to-speech. CereProc works with our language partners to create new versions of CereVoice in any language.

CereProc Products
CereProc offers a range of products for home and corporate users.

Windows and Mac Voices

Many computers include text-to-speech voices. Unfortunately these voices often sound unnatural, or are only available in a single accent. CereProc voices allow your computer to speak in a variety of accents, including Southern British English, Scottish, and American. Try out the demo bar at the top of the page to listen to our range of voices. Most of these voices are available to download today.

CereVoice can replace the system voice on Microsoft Windows PCs and Apple Mac OSX. Voices for Windows and OSX for a single user/single device can be downloaded from our online store.

Prompt Creation Solutions
The CereProc Scuer allows the creation of professional-sounding prompts with CereVoice. The Scuer interface allows text-to-speech output to be tuned to create different versions of the speech.

Server Solutions
CereVoice Servers support Windows and Linux platforms, offering high performance in multi-threaded, multi-channel environments.

Developer Solutions
Speech application developers can use the CereVoice Software Development Kit (SDK) to create their own applications incorporating CereVoice text-to-speech.

Voice Solutions for Application Developers
Application developers can license CereVoice voices, either to redistribute the voice package itself within their application, or to distribute the audio generated from CereProc's voices. Please contact us via the contact page for further information on this licensing model.

Academic Licensing
The CereVoice SDK is also available free of charge to academic institutions for research purposes.


Anonymous said...

what a miraculous story

Anonymous said...

Film critic Roger Ebert will be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday, March 2. Ebert is expected to discuss his health problems that have kept him off TV for years.

Hirsch said...

Thanks for freaking me out

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