961 — RNIB and Rhetorical announce partnership

Nov 26, 2003 | Conteúdos Em Ingles

Rhetorical, a Scottish provider of text-to-speech (TTS) technology, and the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) announced a partnership to increase information access for people with sight problems. Rhetorical’s text-to-speech (TTS) product ‘rVoice’ will be used to deliver a wide range of current affairs and time-sensitive information, such as newspapers, magazines and TV listings, in a an audible format designed to be fully accessible to the UK’s 2 million blind and partially sighted people.

rVoice will be used to create navigable audio versions of new publications with reductions in the amount of time (and cost) needed to record the audio track. RNIB’s own catalogue typically takes thirteen and a half days to record. Using rVoice the job can be done in just two and a half hours. rVoice builds on RNIB‘s work with the DAISY Consortium. DAISY (Digital Access Information System) is an international partnership working towards a standard for navigable talking books (by linking audio to specific places in the text).