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6687664 Audio-visual scrubbing system  
A method and apparatus for an audio scrubbing system for synchronizing audio to an asynchronous clock while preserving pitch utilizes a phase-vocoder to implement time-scaling without pitch-shifting.
6687675 Message storage device  
A portable device for displaying an image and generating an associated audible message to a user includes a compartment having an area for visually displaying an image to a user and a system for...
6681208 Text-to-speech native coding in a communication system  
A method of converting text to speech in a communication device includes providing a code table containing coded speech parameters. Next steps include inputting a text message into a communication...
6662159 Recognizing speech data using a state transition model  
Detecting an unknown word in input speech data reduces the search space and the memory capacity for the unknown word. For this purpose, an HMM data memory stores data describing a state transition...
6631351 Smart toys  
Talking toys perform simulated conversations with one another. The toys each include a forest of decision graphs. The forest of decision graphs is the same for each toy. Each of the decision...
6625576 Method and apparatus for performing text-to-speech conversion in a client/server environment  
A method and apparatus for performing text-to-speech conversion in a client/server environment partitions an otherwise conventional text-to-speech conversion algorithm into two portions: a first...
6601030 Method and system for recorded word concatenation  
A method and system are provided for performing recorded word concatenation to create a natural sounding sequence of words, numbers, phrases, sounds, etc. for example. The method and system may...
6598001 Method of analyzing acquired signals for automatic location thereon of at least one significant instant  
A method for automatic analysis of signals acquired by one or more elastic or acoustic wave pickups to automatically locate with high precision, at least one significant instant such as the time...
6598018 Method for natural dialog interface to car devices  
A computer-implemented method and apparatus for processing a spoken request from a user to control an automobile device. A speech recognizer recognizes a user's speech input and a speech...
6587819 Chinese character conversion apparatus using syntax information  
The invention provides a Chinese character conversion apparatus using syntax information to obtain a high correct conversion rate by utilizing the speech part attribute of Chinese words. The...
6581032 Bitstream protocol for transmission of encoded voice signals  
A speech compression system capable of encoding a speech signal into a bitstream for subsequent decoding to generate synthesized speech is disclosed. The speech compression system optimizes the...
6577755 Optical character recognition system having context analyzer  
An optical character recognition (OCR) system is provided, in which syntactical and semantic rules, provided along with an input image to be scanned and applicable to the contents of the scanned...
6574598 Transmitter and receiver, apparatus and method, all for delivery of information  
A transmitter and receiver adapted to deliver transformed information obtained by transforming the text information of an electronic mail into intermediate language information as voicing...
6557026 System and apparatus for dynamically generating audible notices from an information network  
An apparatus and method for converting information from a text format to an audio format using distributed processing. A first set of computer readable program instructions receive information...
6546366 Text-to-speech converter  
A text-to-speech converter includes a text-to-speech engine receiving source text and converting the source text into speech data. A read mechanism reads speech data from the text-to-speech engine...
6539354 Methods and devices for producing and using synthetic visual speech based on natural coarticulation  
A method of producing synthetic visual speech according to this invention includes receiving an input containing speech information. One or more visemes that correspond to the speech input are...
6532278 Announcement device with virtual recorder  
An announcement device in an electronic switching system is disclosed. It includes a virtual recorder in an electronic switching system. This allows for using a virtual channel for recording and...
6513007 Generating synthesized voice and instrumental sound  
There is provided a synthesized sound generating apparatus and method which can achieve responsive and high-quality speech synthesis based on a real-time convolution operation. Coefficients are...
6510413 Distributed synthetic speech generation  
Text that is to be synthesized into human speech is first converted into an intermediate form representation that describe the acoustic-prosodic resolution of the spoken version of the text. The...
6505161 Speech recognition that adjusts automatically to input devices  
A system and method for customizing the operating characteristics of a speech recognition system with characteristics of a user device. The user device transmits information representing the...
6490562 Method and system for analyzing voices  
It is to assign proper pitch marks to voice waveforms, thereby to obtain smoothly synthesized voices and to control pitches of voices very accurately according to pitch marks of recorded messages....
6471420 Voice selection apparatus voice response apparatus, and game apparatus using word tables from which selected words are output as voice selections  
A game apparatus of the invention includes: a voice input section for inputting at least one voice set including voice uttered by an operator, for converting the voice set into a first electric...
6466909 Shared text-to-speech resource  
An architecture is provided for sharing text-to-speech (TTS) resources. A TTS controller manages the allocation of the TTS resources. An application provides a conversion request which is provided...
6463405 Audiophile encoding of digital audio data using 2-bit polarity/magnitude indicator and 8-bit scale factor for each subband  
A method, system and product are provided for loss-less encoding of a digital signal representing an audible sound. The method includes dividing the digital signal into a plurality of frames,...
6462264 Method and apparatus for audio broadcast of enhanced musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) data formats for control of a sound generator to create music, lyrics, and speech  
A method and apparatus for the transmission and reception of broadcasted instrumental music, vocal music, and speech using digital techniques. The data is structured in a manner similar to the...
6449595 Face synthesis system and methodology  
A system and method for synthesizing a facial image, compares a speech frame from an incoming speech signal with acoustic features stored within visually similar entries in an audio-visual...
6438522 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SPEECH SYNTHESIS WHEREBY WAVEFORM SEGMENTS EXPRESSING RESPECTIVE SYLLABLES OF A SPEECH ITEM ARE MODIFIED IN ACCORDANCE WITH RHYTHM, PITCH AND SPEECH POWER PATTERNS EXPRESSED BY A PROSODIC TEMPLATE  
A method and apparatus for speech synthesis utilize a plurality of stored prosodic templates, each having been generated based on a series of enunciations of a single syllable executed in...
6430532 Determining an adequate representative sound using two quality criteria, from sound models chosen from a structure including a set of sound models  
A method determines a representative sound on the basis of a structure which includes a set of sound models. Each sound model has at least one representative for the modeled sound. In the...
6430535 Method and device for projecting sound sources onto loudspeakers  
For the purpose of spatial reproduction of an audio signal, the latter must be projected onto the positions of the existing loudspeakers. It is desirable in this case not to have to be fixed on a...
6427135 Method for encoding speech wherein pitch periods are changed based upon input speech signal  
A method for encoding speech wherein an input speech signal is separated by a component separator into a first component mainly constituted by speech and a second component mainly constituted by a...
6424944 Singing apparatus capable of synthesizing vocal sounds for given text data and a related recording medium  
A text analyzing section converts given text data into syllable data. A melody producing section receives the converted syllable data together with the text data and a standard MIDI file. The...
6411931 Character data transformer and transforming method  
An apparatus for converting character data into audio data form includes a storage unit for storing the character data supplied, an operating unit manipulated by the user, and a control unit...
6405169 Speech synthesis apparatus  
The invention provides a speech synthesis apparatus which can produce synthetic speech of a high quality with reduced distortion. To this end, upon production of synthetic speech based on prosodic...
6397183 Document reading system, read control method, and recording medium  
The present invention has an architecture capable of eliminating a necessity for previously designating in a document, when reading aloud the document, attributes for reading aloud. Focusing on...
6393400 Intelligent optical disk with speech synthesizing capabilities  
The present invention provides a speech-synthesizing apparatus that synthesizes various types of voices and words, such as a dialect, on the basis of more compact databases, and a storage medium...
6389396 Device and method for prosody generation at visual synthesis  
A device for prosody generation at visual synthesis. A number of half-syllables are stored together with registered movement patterns in a face. When synthesizing speech, a number of...
6385581 System and method of providing emotive background sound to text  
A system includes a microprocessor and first and second memories. The microprocessor is programmed to receive a text stream of words and to compare the words received with key words stored in the...
6385570 Apparatus and method for detecting transitional part of speech and method of synthesizing transitional parts of speech  
An apparatus and method for detecting transitional parts of speech, and a method of synthesizing transitional parts of speech, are provided. This apparatus includes a residual signal preprocessor...
6385580 Method of speech synthesis  
A method of speech synthesis for reproduction of facial movements of a person with synchronized speech synthesis. The speech is put together of polyphones that are taken from a database. A...
6377913 Method and system for multi-client access to a dialog system  
In accordance with the invention, a method and system for accessing a dialog system employing a plurality of different clients, includes providing a first client device for accessing a...
6366651 Communication device having capability to convert between voice and text message  
The communication device provides the capability to automatically convert between voice and text messages. This communication device enables the calling party to input a message in voice mode,...
6366883 Concatenation of speech segments by use of a speech synthesizer  
In a speech synthesizer apparatus, a weighting coefficient training controller calculates acoustic distances in second acoustic feature parameters between one target phoneme from the same phoneme...
6366885 Speech driven lip synthesis using viseme based hidden markov models  
A method of speech driven lip synthesis which applies viseme based training models to units of visual speech. The audio data is grouped into a smaller number of visually distinct visemes rather...
6341264 Adaptation system and method for E-commerce and V-commerce applications  
Electronic commerce (E-commerce) and Voice commerce (V-commerce) proceeds by having the user speak into the system. The user's speech is converted by speech recognizer into a form required by the...
6334105 Multimode speech encoder and decoder apparatuses  
The present invention relates to a low bit rate speech coding apparatus which performs coding on a speech signal for transmission, for example, in a mobile communication system. Excitation...
6334104 Sound effects affixing system and sound effects affixing method  
A sound effects affixing device which enables sound effects and background music to be affixed in relation to inputted sentences automatically. A keyword extraction device is provided with a...
6332123 Mouth shape synthesizing  
A picture synthesizing apparatus, and method for synthesizing a moving picture of a person`s face having mouth-shape variations from a train of input characters, wherein the method steps comprise...
6330539 Dialog interface system  
In the dialog interface apparatus of the present invention, input speech is converted to an input semantic representation by a speech recognition unit, and a dialog management unit outputs an...
6317715 Direction guidance from voice reproduction apparatus and system  
A voice reproduction apparatus and voice reproduction system for providing guide voice corresponding to a moving direction of a user, for example a visually handicapped person, in a theme park or...
6317714 Controller and associated mechanical characters operable for continuously performing received control data while engaging in bidirectional communications over a single communications channel  
A communications system that provides bandwidth efficient, bi-directional communications over a single communications channel, allowing a master device to control the operation of remote devices....