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8145492 Robot behavior control system and method, and robot apparatus  
A behavior control system of a robot for learning a phoneme sequence includes a sound inputting device inputting a phoneme sequence, a sound signal learning unit operable to convert the phoneme...
8146005 Creating a customized avatar that reflects a user's distinguishable attributes  
A capture system captures detectable attributes of a user. A differential system compares the detectable attributes with a normalized model of attributes, wherein the normalized model of...
8144882 Sound tuning method  
The invention relates to a method for automated tuning of a sound system, the sound system comprising delay lines, equalizing filters, and at least two loudspeakers, the method comprising the...
8144840 Method and system for facilitating mediated communication  
One embodiment of the disclosures made herein is a method for facilitating mediated communication. In such an embodiment of the disclosures made herein, a voice-based communication request...
8135592 Speech synthesizer  
The present invention relates to a technology capable of providing a hearer with an easy-to-hear synthetic speech to the hearer. The speech synthesizer includes an input unit receiving an input of...
8135591 Method and system for training a text-to-speech synthesis system using a specific domain speech database  
A method and system are disclosed that train a text-to-speech synthesis system for use in speech synthesis. The method includes generating a speech database of audio files comprising...
8131547 Automatic segmentation in speech synthesis  
A method and system are disclosed that automatically segment speech to generate a speech inventory. The method includes initializing a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) using seed input data, performing a...
8128497 Game machine, game machine control method, information recording medium, and program  
To output sounds generated by multiple objects disposed in a virtual space in as easy a manner as possible while giving live feelings, a storage unit (202) of a game machine (201) stores...
8126719 Interactive voice recognition and response over the internet  
Methods and systems for handling speech recognition processing in effectively real-time, via the Internet, in order that users do not experience noticeable delays from the start until they receive...
8126718 Facilitating text-to-speech conversion of a username or a network address containing a username  
To facilitate text-to-speech conversion of a username, a first or last name of a user associated with the username may be retrieved, and a pronunciation of the username may be determined based at...
8126716 Method and system for collecting audio prompts in a dynamically generated voice application  
A prompt collecting tool (190) for an interactive voice response system (100) includes a voice enabled application server (150), a voice simulator coupled to the voice enabled application server,...
8121841 Text-to-speech method and system, computer program product therefor  
A text-to-speech system adapted to operate on text in a first language including sections in a second language, includes a grapheme/phoneme transcriptor for converting the sections in the second...
8115089 Apparatus and method for creating singing synthesizing database, and pitch curve generation apparatus and method  
Waveform data representative of singing voices of a singing music piece are analyzed to generate melody component data representative of variation over time in fundamental frequency component...
8115772 System and method of customizing animated entities for use in a multimedia communication application  
In an embodiment, a method is provided for creating a personal animated entity for delivering a multi-media message from a sender to a recipient. An image file from the sender may be received by a...
8112279 Automatic creation of audio files  
A method of building an audio description of a particular product of a class of products includes providing a plurality of human voice recordings, wherein each of the human voice recordings...
8108509 Altering network transmitted content data based upon user specified characteristics  
A system for converting content data transmitted over a computer network from a first computer to a second computer is disclosed. Content data comprising text or audio data is input into the first...
8108216 Speech synthesis system and speech synthesis method  
In a speech synthesis, a selecting unit selects one string from first speech unit strings corresponding to a first segment sequence obtained by dividing a phoneme string corresponding to target...
8108217 Noise adaptive mobile communication device, and call sound synthesizing method using the same  
A noise adaptive mobile communication device including a noise collecting microphone which collects noise from a peripheral environment; a noise sensing unit which senses the collected noise; a...
8103505 Method and apparatus for speech synthesis using paralinguistic variation  
A method and apparatus for speech synthesis in a computer-user interface using random paralinguistic variation is described herein. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for...
8103554 Method and system for playing an electronic book using an electronics system in a vehicle  
A method and system for using a vehicle's electronic systems to provide all features and functions typically found on a handheld electronic book device. The vehicle's electronic systems can be...
8103504 Electronic appliance and voice signal processing method for use in the same  
An electronic appliance includes a speaker which outputs a first sound wave based on a first voice signal generated from the electronic appliance, and a microphone to detect a second sound wave on...
8099286 System and method for providing situational awareness enhancement for low bit rate vocoders  
Situational awareness enhancement is promoted in a radio communication transceiver receiving non-verbal content and verbal content from a remote source. A vocoder communicatively coupled with the...
8098857 Hearing aid having an audio signal generator and method  
The invention relates to a hearing aid having a sound receiver and a sound generator. The hearing aid also has an audio signal unit that is functionally linked to the sound generator and has a...
8099282 Voice conversion system  
A voice conversion training system, voice conversion system, voice conversion client-server system, and program that realize voice conversion to be performed with low load of training are...
8093485 Method and system for prefetching sound data in a sound processing system  
A method and system for prefetching sound data in a sound processor system. The method includes integrating a prefetching function into at least one voice engine by, providing a setup phase, a...
8087936 Systems and methods for verbal communication from a speech impaired individual  
An individual that is speech impaired, such as a patient in a dentist's office, is provided with means to communicate with a service provider, such as a dentist, without the individual using their...
8086457 System and method for client voice building  
Provided is a system and method for building and managing a customized voice of an end-user, comprising the steps of designing a set of prompts for collection from the user, wherein the prompts...
8086459 System and method for configuring voice synthesis  
Systems and methods for providing synthesized speech in a manner that takes into account the environment where the speech is presented. A method embodiment includes, based on a listening...
8086456 Methods and apparatus for rapid acoustic unit selection from a large speech corpus  
A speech synthesis system can select recorded speech fragments, or acoustic units, from a very large database of acoustic units to produce artificial speech. The selected acoustic units are chosen...
8081765 Volume adjusting system and method  
The invention discloses a volume adjusting system and a volume adjusting method. The volume adjusting system includes a volume receiving module, a volume auto-adjusting module, and a volume output...
8078466 Coarticulation method for audio-visual text-to-speech synthesis  
A method for generating animated sequences of talking heads in text-to-speech applications wherein a processor samples a plurality of frames comprising image samples. The processor reads first...
8073677 Speech translation apparatus, method and computer readable medium for receiving a spoken language and translating to an equivalent target language  
Speech translation apparatus includes first generation unit generating first text representing speech recognition result, and first prosody information, second generation unit generating first...
8073694 System and method for testing a TTS voice  
Disclosed are various elements of a toolkit used for generating a TTS voice for use in a spoken dialog system. The invention in each case may be in the form of the system, a computer-readable...
8073688 Voice processing apparatus and program  
Envelope identification section generates input envelope data (DEVin) indicative of a spectral envelope (EVin) of an input voice. Template acquisition section reads out, from a storage section,...
8065141 Apparatus and method for processing signal, recording medium, and program  
A signal processing apparatus includes a decoding unit, an analyzing unit, a synthesizing unit, and a selecting unit. The decoding unit decodes an input encoded audio signal and outputs a playback...
8065150 Application of emotion-based intonation and prosody to speech in text-to-speech systems  
A text-to-speech system that includes an arrangement for accepting text input, an arrangement for providing synthetic speech output, and an arrangement for imparting emotion-based features to...
8054948 Audio experience for a communications device user  
A system and associated methods provide an audio experience such that a user spatially perceives one or more audio events. One particular method set forth involves obtaining audio events and...
RE42904 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...
8055501 Speech synthesizer generating system and method thereof  
A speech synthesizer generating system and a method thereof are provided. A speech synthesizer generator in the speech synthesizer generating system automatically generates a speech synthesizer...
8050926 Apparatus and method for adjusting prompt voice depending on environment  
An apparatus for adjusting a prompt voice depending on an environment comprises a receiver module used for receiving a background sound, an analyzer module generating a control signal according to...
8046225 Prosody-pattern generating apparatus, speech synthesizing apparatus, and computer program product and method thereof  
Normalization parameters are generated at a normalization-parameter generating unit by calculating the mean values and the standard deviations of an initial prosody pattern and a prosody pattern...
8041569 Speech synthesis method and apparatus using pre-recorded speech and rule-based synthesized speech  
A language processing unit identifies a word by performing language analysis on a text supplied from a text holding unit. A synthesis selection unit selects speech synthesis processing performed...
8036390 Scalable encoding device and scalable encoding method  
A scalable encoding device prevents sound quality deterioration of a decoded signal, reduces the encoding rate, and reduces the circuit size. The scalable encoding device includes a first layer...
8036884 Identification of the presence of speech in digital audio data  
The present invention provides a method, a computer-software-product and an apparatus for enabling a determination of speech related audio data within a record of digital audio data. The method...
8036899 Speech affect editing systems  
This invention generally relates to system, methods and computer program code for editing or modifying speech affect. A speech affect processing system to enable a user to edit an affect content...
8036894 Multi-unit approach to text-to-speech synthesis  
Methods, apparatus, systems, and computer program products are provided for synthesizing speech. One method includes matching a first level of units of a received input string to audio segments...
8032378 Content and advertising service using one server for the content, sending it to another for advertisement and text-to-speech synthesis before presenting to user  
Methods and systems for providing a network-accessible text-to-speech synthesis service are provided. The service accepts content as input. After extracting textual content from the input content,...
8032376 Personalized electronic greeting card and associated method  
An electronic greeting card for recording and playing back a personalized message includes a bifurcated card with first and second coextensively shaped sections pivotally coupled to each other....
8027835 Speech processing apparatus having a speech synthesis unit that performs speech synthesis while selectively changing recorded-speech-playback and text-to-speech and method  
A speech processing apparatus which can playback a sentence using recorded-speech-playback or text-to-speech is provided. It is determined whether each of a plurality of words or phrases...
8027834 Technique for training a phonetic decision tree with limited phonetic exceptional terms  
The present invention discloses a method for training an exception-limited phonetic decision tree. An initial subset of data can be selected and used for creating an initial phonetic decision...