Talking Desktop- An Interactive Computer Speech Technology

This is Mary, a talking and listening desktop avatar which you can interact.
This is Mary, a talking and listening desktop avatar which you can interact.

I was fascinated with science fiction; especially those dealt with the future and portrayed how life on earth would probably be several decades down the road. The idea of robot-servants and of aerial vehicles that were the main means of transportation and that sent us on our way to work.

These days, talking desktop computers are so commonplace that they hardly elicit any reaction at all from consumers. They talk simply because they have software that converts text into speech through speakers or a headset.

The software system is called TTS or “text to speech.” The system has a front end and a back end. The front end is where the software received the input in the form of text and the back end takes these linguistic symbols and converts them into speech waveform that is heard from computer headset or speakers.

Two basic function of software front end, first is the function is the identification of numbers and abbreviations in the raw and assigns word equivalents.

Second, it assigns sound (known as phonetic descriptions) to the different words of the text, and then divides the text into phrases and sentences. To experience an interactive computer speech technology.

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Healthy and Independent Living: 10 Helpful Technologies for the Elderly

Healthy and independent living for the elderly
Healthy and independent living for the elderly

Getting older is an inevitable stage of our human existence. When you're in that age, you can either stay at home or live in home cares where many health providers can attend to your needs. However, the second option wouldn't be much better if you have these technologies to stay healthy, safe and independent in the comforts of your own home.

The increasing trends in monitoring and reminder systems are reaching for the senior members of our society. These technologies are being integrated in home care institutions, to assist health providers and residential homes as well, to support independent living.

There is an enormous list of technologies available on the web, but in this article I've listed down 10 helpful technologies for the elderly.

1) Carebots - robot caregivers

Carebot's caring for grandma
Carebot's caring for grandma

2) eNeighbor System - wireless sensor

3) Home Life Support Robots

4) WIFI Monitoring Wristband - for precise locator system

5) Living Room Systems - home network reminder system

6) Pet Robots - for robotic therapy

7) Autonomous Wheelchair - for the disabled seniors

8 Home Appliances with remote control systems

Telemedicine enables older patients to stay at home while being treated online
Telemedicine enables older patients to stay at home while being treated online

9) Laptop or Desktop - for web browsing and constant communication with loved ones

Grandma is using the internet to boost her memory
Grandma is using the internet to boost her memory

10) Telemedicine - for do-it-yourself guided online treatments

If you decide to live with your family beyond your golden age, you might as well prepare early because some of these are quite expensive.

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