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8719027 Name synthesis  
An automated method of providing a pronunciation of a word to a remote device is disclosed. The method includes receiving an input indicative of the word to be pronounced. The method further...
8719029 File format, server, viewer device for digital comic, digital comic generation device  
A viewer device for a digital comic comprising: an information acquisition unit that acquires a digital comic in a file format for a digital comic viewed on a viewer device, the file format...
8712776 Systems and methods for selective text to speech synthesis  
Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may be normalized...
8706488 Methods and apparatus for formant-based voice synthesis  
In one aspect, a method of processing a voice signal to extract information to facilitate training a speech synthesis model is provided. The method comprises acts of detecting a plurality of...
8706497 Speech signal restoration device and speech signal restoration method  
A synthesis filter 106 synthesizes a plurality of wide-band speech signals by combining wide-band phoneme signals and sound source signals from a speech signal code book 105, and a distortion...
8706493 Controllable prosody re-estimation system and method and computer program product thereof  
In one embodiment of a controllable prosody re-estimation system, a TTS/STS engine consists of a prosody prediction/estimation module, a prosody re-estimation module and a speech synthesis module....
8706492 Voice recognition terminal  
A voice recognition terminal executes a local voice recognition process and utilizes an external center voice recognition process. The terminal includes: a voice message synthesizing element for...
8706489 System and method for selecting audio contents by using speech recognition  
A system and method for selecting audio contents by using the speech recognition to obtain a textual phrase from a series of audio contents are provided. The system includes an output module...
8694320 Audio with sound effect generation for text-only applications  
A method of generating audio for a text-only application comprises the steps of adding tag to an input text, said tag is usable for adding sound effect to the generated audio; processing the tag...
8694319 Dynamic prosody adjustment for voice-rendering synthesized data  
Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for dynamic prosody adjustment for voice-rendering synthesized data that include retrieving synthesized data to be voice-rendered; identifying, for the...
8682671 Method and apparatus for generating synthetic speech with contrastive stress  
Techniques for generating synthetic speech with contrastive stress. In one aspect, a speech-enabled application generates a text input including a text transcription of a desired speech output,...
8676584 Method for time scaling of a sequence of input signal values  
The invention relates to a digital signal processing technique that changes the length of an audio signal and, thus, effectively its play-out speed. This is used for frame rate conversion or sound...
8670984 Automatically generating audible representations of data content based on user preferences  
A custom-content audible representation of selected data content is automatically created for a user. The content is based on content preferences of the user (e.g., one or more web browsing...
8666746 System and method for generating customized text-to-speech voices  
A system and method are disclosed for generating customized text-to-speech voices for a particular application. The method comprises generating a custom text-to-speech voice by selecting a voice...
8666730 Question-answering system and method based on semantic labeling of text documents and user questions  
A question-answering system for searching exact answers in text documents provided in the electronic or digital form to questions formulated by user in the natural language is based on automatic...
8660843 Management and prioritization of processing multiple requests  
Systems and methods are described for systems that utilize an interaction manager to manage interactions—also known as requests or dialogues—from one or more applications. The interactions are...
8655659 Personalized text-to-speech synthesis and personalized speech feature extraction  
A personalized text-to-speech synthesizing device includes: a personalized speech feature library creator, configured to recognize personalized speech features of a specific speaker by comparing a...
8655662 System and method for answering a communication notification  
Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for answering a communication notification. The method for answering a communication notification comprises receiving a...
8650035 Speech conversion  
A speech conversion system facilitates voice communications. A database comprises a plurality of conversion heuristics, at least some of the conversion heuristics being associated with...
8650027 Electrolaryngeal speech reconstruction method and system thereof  
The invention provides an electrolaryngeal speech reconstruction method and a system thereof. Firstly, model parameters are extracted from the collected speech as a parameter library, then facial...
8650034 Speech processing device, speech processing method, and computer program product for speech processing  
According to one embodiment, a speech processing device includes an utterance error occurrence determination information storage unit that stores utterance error occurrence determination...
8645140 Electronic device and method of associating a voice font with a contact for text-to-speech conversion at the electronic device  
A method of associating a voice font with a contact for text-to-speech conversion at an electronic device includes obtaining, at the electronic device, the voice font for the contact, and storing...
8645141 Method and system for text to speech conversion  
A system and method for text to speech conversion. The method of performing text to speech conversion on a portable device includes: identifying a portion of text for conversion to speech format,...
8639511 Robot, method and program of correcting a robot voice in accordance with head movement  
A robot may include a driving control unit configured to control a driving of a movable unit that is connected movably to a body unit, a voice generating unit configured to generate a voice, and a...
8635070 Speech translation apparatus, method and program that generates insertion sentence explaining recognized emotion types  
According to one embodiment, a speech translation apparatus includes a receiving unit, a first recognition unit, a second recognition unit, a first generation unit, a translation unit, a second...
8635058 Increasing the relevancy of media content  
The present invention relates to increasing the relevance of media content communicated to consumers who are consuming the media content. In this regard, at least one of a personal device can be...
8635069 Scripting support for data identifiers, voice recognition and speech in a telnet session  
Methods of adding data identifiers and speech/voice recognition functionality are disclosed. A telnet client runs one or more scripts that add data identifiers to data fields in a telnet session....
8630857 Speech synthesizing apparatus, method, and program  
Disclosed is a speech synthesizing apparatus including a segment selection unit that selects a segment suited to a target segment environment from candidate segments, includes a prosody change...
8626510 Speech synthesizing device, computer program product, and method  
An acquiring unit acquires pattern sentences, which are similar to one another and include fixed segments and non-fixed segments, and substitution words that are substituted for the non-fixed...
8620660 Very low bit rate signal coder and decoder  
Improved oscillator-based source modeling methods for estimating model parameters, for evaluating model quality for restoring the input from the model parameters, and for improving performance...
8620661 System for controlling digital effects in live performances with vocal improvisation  
A system for controlling digital effects in live performances with vocal improvisation is described. The system features a controller that utilizes several switches attached to clothing that is...
8612228 Character mouth shape control method  
A section corresponding to a given duration is sampled from sound data that indicates the voice of a player collected by a microphone, and a vocal tract cross-sectional area function of the...
8594993 Frame mapping approach for cross-lingual voice transformation  
Frame mapping-based cross-lingual voice transformation may transform a target speech corpus in a particular language into a transformed target speech corpus that remains recognizable, and has the...
8583437 Speech synthesis with incremental databases of speech waveforms on user terminals over a communications network  
Service architecture for providing to a user terminal of a communications network textual information and relative speech synthesis, the user terminal being provided with a speech synthesis engine...
8583438 Unnatural prosody detection in speech synthesis  
Described is a technology by which synthesized speech generated from text is evaluated against a prosody model (trained offline) to determine whether the speech will sound unnatural. If so, the...
8583439 Enhanced interface for use with speech recognition  
Improved methods of presenting speech prompts to a user as part of an automated system that employs speech recognition or other voice input are described. The invention improves the user interface...
8583443 Recording and reproducing apparatus  
Disclosed is a recording and reproducing apparatus comprising: an apparatus main body; and a remote controller to perform remote control of the apparatus main body, wherein the remote controller...
8577682 System and method to use text-to-speech to prompt whether text-to-speech output should be added during installation of a program on a computer system normally controlled through a user interactive display  
An auditory user interactive interface to an application program being installed in the computer controlled system. A routine in an object, in an application program being installed in the...
8571870 Method and apparatus for generating synthetic speech with contrastive stress  
Techniques for generating synthetic speech with contrastive stress. In one aspect, a speech-enabled application generates a text input including a text transcription of a desired speech output,...
8571039 Encoding and decoding speech signals  
A method and apparatus for transmitting an audio signal over a communication channel comprising encoding the audio signal with an encoder 204 using a first sampling rate, filtering the audio...
8571849 System and method for enriching spoken language translation with prosodic information  
Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for enriching spoken language translation with prosodic information in a statistical speech translation framework. The method...
8566098 System and method for improving synthesized speech interactions of a spoken dialog system  
A system and method are disclosed for synthesizing speech based on a selected speech act. A method includes modifying synthesized speech of a spoken dialogue system, by (1) receiving a user...
8566099 Tabulating triphone sequences by 5-phoneme contexts for speech synthesis  
A system and method for improving the response time of text-to-speech synthesis using triphone contexts. The method includes identifying a set of triphone sequences, tabulating the set of triphone...
8566106 Method and device for fast algebraic codebook search in speech and audio coding  
A method and device for searching an algebraic codebook during encoding of a sound signal, wherein the algebraic codebook comprises a set of codevectors formed of a number of pulse positions and a...
8566078 Game based method for translation data acquisition and evaluation  
A method of generating a statistical machine translation database through a game in which a monolingual structure is provided to a plurality of players. A first translation attempt is received...
8560301 Apparatus and method for language expression using context and intent awareness  
A language expression apparatus and a method based on a context and a intent awareness, are provided. The apparatus and method may recognize a context and an intent of a user and may generate a...
8560317 Voice recognition apparatus and recording medium storing voice recognition program  
A vocabulary dictionary storing unit for storing a plurality of words in advance, a vocabulary dictionary managing unit for extracting recognition target words, a matching unit for calculating a...
8560315 Conference support device, conference support method, and computer-readable medium storing conference support program  
A conference support device includes an image receiving portion that receives captured images from conference terminals, a voice receiving portion that receives, from one of the conference...
8554566 Training and applying prosody models  
Techniques for training and applying prosody models for speech synthesis are provided. A speech recognition engine processes audible speech to produce text annotated with prosody information. A...
8554541 Virtual pet system, method and apparatus for virtual pet chatting  
A virtual pet system includes: a virtual pet client, adapted to receive a sentence in natural language and send the sentence to a Q&A server the Q&A server, adapted to receive the sentence,...