Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Applications of a Rule-Based Speech Synthesizer Module

Mikio Yamaguchi, Shigeharu Toyoda, Katsuhiro Yada

System & Electronics R & D Center, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. Osaka, Japan

Units and boards of text-to-speech synthesis (or rule-based speech synthesis) have been commercially available for many years. In order to explore new application fields, the author developed a module of Japanese rule-based speech synthesis in 1990, and improved the module in 1993. This paper discusses the new applications concerning the module. Using the module, applications of portable equipment or in moving vehicles can be realized. Important points of specific applications are also reported in this paper. Assuming small scale in-house applications, a general purpose portable speech terminal using the module has been developed on trial. The terminal is equipped with rule-based speech synthesis, spoken word recognition and wireless data transmission. The terminal can be used for picking, inspection and so on. Size of the terminal is 156x92x46 mm (excluding antenna), and weight is 585 grams. The headset which has a speaker and a microphone are used to communicate with the user. Consequently, the fact that such a speech terminal is made portable indicates and encourages new fields of application.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yamaguchi, Mikio / Toyoda, Shigeharu / Yada, Katsuhiro (1994): "Applications of a rule-based speech synthesizer module", In ICSLP-1994, 1659-1662.