Babel Technologies has announced that PocketBabil, its Text-to-Speech (TTS) solution for embedded environments, has now been ported to the Symbian environment. Specifically designed for the mobile devices market, the Symbian operating system offers am wide range of opportunities for application designers to move from customised platforms towards a standard and open platform that can now feature synthetic speech. The speech libraries are available on Nokia Series 60, Nokia Series 80 and Symbian ver7.
The voice capability combined with the flexibility associated with Symbian, makes smartphones a multi-purpose device ideal for speech-based applications. While typical voice features like voice dialling, message reading, used to run on specific hardware, new applications like content management, human interfacing, or rehabilitation applications, are now easily implemented on portable devices that run on Symbian.
PocketBabil is the embedded text-to-speech version of Babil, based on Babel’s unique Multi Band Resynthesis Overlap Add (MBROLA) concatenative algorithm. This patented technology is available in 18 languages. PocketBabil can produce any utterance in a given voice or language.
Babels TTS technology is very well suited to fit the memory limitations of some of the existing smartphones. Porting Babels embedded text-to-speech to the Symbian environment, enables application designers or content providers to offer a complete product and application family on many devices, such as Symbian, WinCE, Linux, etc. with the same TTS-interface, look and feel, Vincent Fontaine, Babel Technologies CEO commented.
PocketBabil has been released in Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch (B&NL), Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian & Portuguese), Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, UK and US English. The software currently runs on WinCE, Symbian, Linux environments or on platforms without OS.