Google buys Phonetic Arts (speech synthesis)
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Consideration: not disclosed
Google acquires Phonetic Arts, a company comprised of researchers and engineers working on speech synthesis, including technology that generates natural computer speech from small samples of recorded voice. The company's technology converts lines of recorded dialog into a speech library that can then piece together sounds to generate new sentences that sound realistic.
Google made the following posting on its official blog site..
"There’s a particular focus right now in the U.K. on technology and innovation, and we’re delighted to be deepening our investment in the country with this acquisition. We already have a strong engineering center in London and look forward to welcoming Phonetic Arts to the team. We are excited about their technology, and while we don’t have plans to share yet, we’re confident that together we’ll move a little faster towards that Star Trek future."
July 2012 -- Phonetic Arts enables robo-voices sound much more like human voices, and this technology has been deployed in Google Now. Many report that the Google Now assistant voice is smoother than that of Apple's Siri.
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