In the last few years, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a major part of the tech industry. From rooting out inappropriate comments on social media to content creation, everything seems to be affected by AI - for better or worse. However, one of the spaces where AI is making a difference for a number of industries is text-to-speech capabilities. One company working to improve this technology is Acapela Group, which announced VoiceAI at CES 2023.
Acapela Group is a company specializing in voice technology. The company's VoiceAI technology allows users to take written content and turn it into vocalized content. This can be anything from a script for a YouTube video or a reading of a news article. The content itself doesn't matter - so long as it is readable, the system will turn it into voice using AI.
VoiceAI is intended for a wide audience of users. For example, the ability to listen to a news article on a website or through an app has become a regular experience. Those companies can choose to have an employee or contractor read and record the article, or run it through VoiceAI to get the audio. This is a great accessibility feature for those who struggle to see or read, or to add the ability to keep up with the news while driving.
Another use for VoiceAI could be voiceovers for online marketing videos. These types of short, guided videos have become popular online, but producing them can be an annoying process if you're not a regular content creator. By using VoiceAI, you can avoid the process of having to record the voiceover and outsource it to technology.
One of the important differentiators between VoiceAI and other text-to-speech platforms is the company's focus on natural voice tones and inflections. You've likely heard other digital voices, including Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. Those voices could never be confused for a real human, mostly because the inflection in the voices is far from natural.
VoiceAI takes the process of virtually reading content and makes it more natural. This is done by training the AI system off of real voices. A person reads certain scripts in a normal and natural way, teaching the system how inflections would be produced by a real person. This allows the voice output to sound more natural - in many cases indistinguishable from a real voice.
In addition, the company's technology is available in over 30 languages. This means that, whether you need English, Czech, or even Japanese, you can use the VoiceAI technology in your project. This also means that you can use a singular system to localize your product, service, or content.
If you are looking for a way to integrate a large amount of vocal content into a project, VoiceAI by Acapela Group might be your best way in. With natural voice processing and an easy text-to-speech process, VoiceAI can be used by anyone.
To learn more about Acapela Group or VoiceAI, check out the company's website.
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