Text-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?

There are a lot of searches that find this blog using the phrases “speech to text” and “text to speech” or equivalents using words like “voice”, “speaking”, “typing”, and so on. It seems from the logs, that a lot of people aren’t sure what the difference is between “speech to text” and “text to speech” so I thought I’d clarify. Continue readingText-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?

International iOS Text-to-Speech Voices

The Vocab Ninja blog has collected together samples of all Apple’s iOS text-to-speech voices so we can hear them side by side. There are 26 different languages, with 35 different dialects in all.

Their collection includes both standard quality voices and enhanced quality voices – the difference in quality is especially stark when you hear them side by side. I found it fascinating that even in the languages I couldn’t understand, the difference in quality is audible! Continue readingInternational iOS Text-to-Speech Voices

DwellClick: You Point, It Clicks

Clicking your mouse requires a muscle contraction, which creates the internal tension needed to perform just one click. The tension needed in one click is added over time. The more often and longer mouse clicks occur, the more likely it is to develop hand/finger pain.

This 5-second video shows a healthy hand using a mouse and scroll wheel. Although only 5 seconds, it demonstrates that he has raised, scrolled and pressed his index finger many times. The strength needed to press may not be huge, but can cause enormous pain. Continue readingDwellClick: You Point, It Clicks