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Article:
  Are You Talking to Me? Speech on Mac OS X
Subject:   Two nitpicks
Date:   2004-03-23 11:56:52
From:   fofer
The article starts by saying that Apple's speech synthesis was innovative when it came out in 1993... but the original Mac spoke when it was first introduced in 1984:


http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=Intro_Demo.txt&sortOrder=Sort%20by%20Date


Secondly that "My voice is my password" protection in OS 8.x was a joke. My friends and I used to fake it out all the time just by mimicking each other's voices. I don't see why a recording wouldn't get by it either.


Lastly, the state of speech synthesis has come a LONG way since OS 7, yet Apple's voices haven't seemed to improve all that much. The samples at AT&T Labs bear this out. I'd really like to see them step it up a nothc and improve the "Macintalk Pro" voices a LOT, or just license the AT&T Labs work for better speech synthesis.