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Keep your own voice as synthetic speech for use on your assistive device

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Voice is a strong part of anyone's identity, a part that does not need to be lost after losing the ability to speak. We will illustrate the benefits for users who are about to lose their voice in retaining their voice as full synthetic speech and then having the voice available for integration on the user’s own AAC devices.
We at Acapela Group have researched how to reduce the amount of recordings needed to create a high quality synthetic speech voice to a level that can be handled by laymen. We also found two ways of delivering the voice, one putting emphasis on keeping the original voice timbre intact, one putting emphasis on making a smooth and intelligible voice but still easily recognizable.
The result is a new service called my-own-voice which provides the complete process for recording, packaging and delivery a personal and unique synthetic speech voice created from the user’s own recordings, that makes it possible for users to keep a synthetic version of their voice and use it on their own favorite assistive device. The service can be used to produce voices in several languages.
In the presentation we intend to show samples of voices already created by users and how the possibility to keep their own voice on an assistive device impacted their life, once they lost the ability to speak. We also intend to discuss how the my-own-service fits into AAC ecosystem and what are the next steps to further improve the service.


Nicolas Mazars    
Acapela Group France

Paolo Leva    
Acapela Group Sweden


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