What!!? Ok, let us give you an update on what this is. This is a robot or computer that has the ability to speak text. We are mostly familiar with the one used for example in windows as a text-to-speech engine. I think we could all agree on that this is understandable but not very good or realistic. Yamaha has now created and designed a new engine that is called Vocaloid.
Vocaloid is a synthesizer engine that creates a singing voice that’s very clean and nice. The engine is able to set emotions and flow into the “singer” to make it sound as realistic as possible. It analyze the words/sentence and have it make sense so they fit perfectly together.
Believe it or not, the Vocaloid robot has gotten it’s own name, and music career which is rather popular. They have created it as a cute girl named “Hatsune Miku” that sings in Japanese. To make her even more alive they created her in 3d to appear on stage as a hologram that sings and dances.
(Take a look below for two of her concerts. If you jump to minute mark 3:10 on the last video you’ll notice how clear and pure the voice is.)
The best of it is that the Vocaloid software is available for you to download and use. The only thing is that you should know your way in the Japanese language because the software is written in Japanese writing. We have heard that there has been made an English version, but we haven’t been able to dig this one up. A non-official Japanese source has reported to us that this version costs around 200 US dollars, but since we haven’t found any information about this on the Vocaloid homepage we won’t make a big story about it. Should you have any information about this, please let us know.
There is a lot of good computer generated speeches out there, and they will be part of our lives in somewhere not to far in the future (some of them already are).. Another one s the one that appears on the amazing site of Qwiki. Go on and give it a try, you will be amazed!!
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