VocaliD Launches First Personalized Digital Voices for Assistive Devices Company.
VocaliD, Inc., a speech technology company that creates personalized digital voices for those living with voicelessness, launched its online BeSpoke™ voice studio.
Founder and CEO Dr. Rupal Patel and her colleagues discovered that even a single vowel contains enough “vocal DNA” to seed the voice personalization process. The BeSpoke™ process captures a recipient’s unique vocal identity and blends it with recordings from a healthy speaker — matched by gender, age and accent — within the company’s Voicebank of 14,000+ contributors. This blended voice is then used in the recipient’s electronic communications device — creating a BeSpoke™ voice.
“The inspiration for VocaliD came when I saw a young girl and older man communicating using their assistive devices but with the exact same adult male voice,” said Dr. Patel, a professor at Northeastern University. “We wouldn’t dream of fitting a little girl with the prosthetic limb of a grown man, so why then the same prosthetic voice?”
For David Manzo, president of the Lexington, MA-based Cotting School for students with special needs, VocaliD is “breaking down barriers for children with complex challenges to communication.”
“I’m observing first-hand the communication and self-esteem benefits of VocaliD’s technological breakthrough on our students,” said Manzo, recalling for one student: “First I heard her voice and then I saw the smile on her face. Thanks to VocaliD she has both her own voice and a new found confidence and pride.”
Learn more at www.vocalid.co.