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Text-to-Speech (TTS) is a type of technology that converts written text into spoken voice output. It is designed to help people who have difficulty reading or those who prefer to consume information in an audible format. TTS systems typically use algorithms and artificial intelligence to synthesize human-like speech from written text, and they have evolved significantly over the years to produce more natural-sounding voices.
Common uses of TTS include:
• Assisting individuals with reading disabilities, such as dyslexia, or visual impairments, by providing an auditory alternative to written text.
• Improving accessibility in devices, software, and websites, by offering spoken content for those who have difficulty reading or seeing.
• Providing audible content for users who prefer to listen rather than read, such as during commutes or multitasking.
• Enhancing language learning by helping learners practice listening and pronunciation.
• Supporting voice assistants, like Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa, which rely on TTS technology to deliver spoken responses to user queries.
An AI-generated voice, such as those produced by Text-to-Speech (TTS) systems, is created through algorithms and artificial intelligence, while a natural voice is produced by a living human being through their vocal cords and speech articulators.
The cost of Text-to-Speech (TTS) services can vary widely depending on the provider, usage, and the specific features required. Here's a general overview of TTS pricing:
Free TTS services: Many platforms offer basic TTS functionality for free, such as built-in TTS capabilities in operating systems (e.g., Windows Narrator, macOS VoiceOver) or web browsers (e.g., Google Chrome's TTS feature). These services usually have limited customization options and a smaller selection of voices.
Standalone TTS software: Some TTS software programs can be purchased for a one-time fee or used with a subscription model. Pricing can range from $20 to $200 or more, depending on the features, voice quality, and the number of voices offered. Examples include NaturalReader, TextAloud, and CereProc.
TTS APIs: For developers who want to integrate TTS functionality into their applications or services, there are TTS APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) available from companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. These services usually charge based on the number of characters or requests, and pricing can vary from free tiers with limitations to paid tiers with a cost per million characters or a monthly subscription.