A layperson’s exploration of all things voice

Monthly Archives: August 2020

August 25, 2020

Amazon Alexa vs Google Nest: Should You Switch?

Even though this voicebot.ai article confirms that Amazon Alexa still leads over Google in the minds of the experts, this article asks whether you should make a switch…

August 19, 2020

Does Your Voice Assistant Have Trouble Understanding You?

Recently, I was talking with a friend who said she had to be coached how to talk to voice assistants in order for them to understand her. Apparently, she mentioned her problem to others who also had the same issue. So she wasn’t alone. This article talks about how common this can be…

August 12, 2020

A Synthetic Voice That Feels More “Human”

This “voicebot.ai” article is fascinating. It talks about a new synthetic voice called ‘Cerence Reader’ that is based on neural text-to-speech (TTS) and designed to read news to commuters.

This synthetic voice is unlike others – it has pausing, breathing and inflection – so it seem more humanlike than other synthetically generated voices.The article notes a preference for human voices becomes more intense when the passages of content are longer. So this could be a big development as noted in the article with this thought: “Having a synthetic speech option that sounds more humanlike opens up audio access to far more content than is available today and it can be available in real-time.”

August 5, 2020

Google’s New Voice Assistant Teaches Kids to Read

As noted in this voicebot.ai article, Google has debuted a kid-focused voice assistant named ‘Diya’ as part of its new educational app for Android called ‘Read Along’ that is designed to teach children how to read…