Google announced on Friday that it has acquired Phonetic Arts, a Cambridge-based outfit that focuses on speech synthesis.
Google's plan is to use Phonetic Arts's technology to enhance computer voices. The technology could have a number of applications, from Google Translate to Android devices and web searches.
Cambridge-based Phonetic Arts specialises in speech synthesis, and produces programs including voice creation software. Photo credit: Comscore/ZDNet.com
In a blog post, Google said Phonetic Arts researchers and engineers will strive to deliver natural computer speech from small samples of recorded voice. Phonetic Arts has a series of products ranging from PA Studio, for voice creation; Composer, which combines recordings to make new sentences; and Generator, which takes text and turns it into sound.
This story originally appeared as Google acquires Phonetic Arts, aims to improve robo voices on ZDNet.com.