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Making your computer talk to you is fun.


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  • Posted:14 Mar 2006
    Publisher:Centre for Speech Technology Research - University of Edinburgh, UK, David Crouse


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    With festival, you can make your computer talk to you, and read text documents. From the command line the format for reading the document looks like this:

    festival --tts yourdoc.txt

    Introducing festival to your bash scripts can produce some interesting things. To have what you type speak without having to open and save txt files, I wrote a quick bash script.

    # Festival Talker Program
    # Takes input from the keyboard and speaks the text.
    # This keeps repeating until you end the program with CTRL + C
    # Created by Dave Crouse 01-16-2006
    talker ()
    echo "         Festival Talker Program";
    echo "--------------------------------------------------"; echo "";
    echo $WHATYOUTYPED > whatyoutyped
    festival --tts  whatyoutyped
    shred -u whatyoutyped ; clear
    while true

    Another script combines Lynx and Festival to speak webpages.

    # Written by Crouse @
    # Visit specific url with lynx and have festival read it back.
    # Works best with pages that are text only, without hyperlinks.
    # NOTE: Could create menu system and use sed/awk/grep to clean up pages
    before reading
    # and allow for the script to loop.
    # Very basic bash script that combines the use of lynx and festival
    echo "Please enter a url to visit" > enterurlmsg.txt
    festival --tts enterurlmsg.txt
    read -p "Please enter a url to visit" urltovisit;
    lynx -dump $urltovisit > urltemp.txt
    festival --tts urltemp.txt
    # Remove temp files
    rm urltemp.txt
    rm enterurlmsg.txt

    Now, instead of just a screen with a text, you can have your computer talk to you.

    Check out the Festival Speech Synthesis System documentation for additional information.

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