David Sugden, a TechDis accredited trainer, was in attendance at e-Factor 2012 to speak with delegates about our sister JISC service dedicated to inclusive technology.
He demonstrated the TechDis toolbox of video tutorials and brought along Jess and Jack, two new voices for use with text-to-speech software. The quality of synthetic voices is judged by how easy they are to understand and by how human they sound. TechDis has worked hard to ensure that the voices: Jess and Jack, meet those standards.
What is text-to-speech (TTS) software?
TTS allows learners to listen to documents as they read them or save them as mp3s for later listening. A number of free text to speech tools exist but until now their popularity has been limited by the lack of a free high quality synthetic voice to go with them.
JISC TechDis, funded by BIS, commissioned CereProc to create these two high-quality, youthful and modern voices (TechDis Jack and TechDis Jess) based on feedback by hundreds of learners across the sectors. They are free to publicly funded post-16 learning providers in England. Find out how to download Jess and Jack: http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/technologymatters/voices