ScanSoft, a supplier of imaging, speech and language solutions, announced that its RealSpeak text-to-speech platform has been selected as the voice for the educational software developed for Microsoft’s language initiative ‘Schlaumaeuse,’ a comprehensive educational project in Germany. Designed to support the speaking capabilities of young children from ages 4 to 6 in day care facilities around Germany, Microsoft‘s educational program is supported by UNICEF, German politicians, the Cornelesen Publishing House, and other hardware and software vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and ScanSoft.
Through late 2004, two hundred day care centers will be outfitted with a media package containing a tablet PC that includes specially developed language learning software including parts of Cornelsen‘s educational software LollyPop and ScanSoft’s RealSpeak. In addition to other features, the children will be able to hear the words they have written on the tablet PC read out to them with ScanSoft’s RealSpeak text-to-speech technology, helping them to understand the connection between written and spoken language and improve their intonation and pronunciation.
“Educational projects are especially important for Microsoft, and this initiative continues our social commitment in this field. ‘Schlaumaeuse’ targets children who grow up in socially underprivileged family environments and lets them experience their language,” said Juergen Gallmann, general manager, Microsoft Germany.