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Title: US6205427: Voice output apparatus and a method thereof
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Itoh, Takashi; Yamato, Japan
Asakawa, Chieko; Kawasaki, Japan

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 2001-03-20 / 1998-07-13

Application Number: US1998000114802

IPC Code: Advanced: G06F 3/16; G06F 17/21; G09B 21/00; G10L 13/04;
Core: G10L 13/00; more...
IPC-7: G10L 13/00;

ECLA Code: G09B21/00B4; G10L13/04U;

U.S. Class: Current: 704/260; 704/258; 704/266; 704/E13.008;
Original: 704/260; 704/258; 704/266;

Field of Search: 704/258,259,260,266

Priority Number:
1997-08-27  JP1997000230714

Abstract: When a user depresses a normal mode key 180 of a key pad 18 the computer 16 provides a voice signal which reads text data aloud at a normal speed (for example, a speed at which an announcer reads aloud news in radio broadcasting). When the user depresses a fast feed mode key 182, the computer 16 converts only a section of the text data at a speed (1.5 to 3 times the normal speed) which will enable the user to understand the content to a voice signal. other sections (skipping section) are converted to a voice signal of a speed (skipping speed, 3 or more times the normal speed) at which the user can grasp at least the length and the tome of the text data regardless of whether or not it is audible to the user.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Tassinari, Jr., Robert P. ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Hudspeth, David R.; Abebe, Daniel

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. A voice output apparatus comprising:
  • dividing means for dividing text data into a plurality of first and second sections; and
  • voice output means for converting the text data of each of said sections to a voice signal at speeds differing in the sections, said voice output means for converting said first sections of said divided text data to voice signals at a normal first speed while converting a first portion of said second sections of said divided text data to voice signals at a second fast forward speed which is faster than said first speed but still comprehensible and another portion at a third skipping speed above the limit of comprehension which portions are selected and combined so that the text can be audibly reviewed quickly and understandably.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 18pp US4817161  1989-03 Kaneko  International Business Machines Corporation Variable speed speech synthesis by interpolation between fast and slow speech data
Get PDF - 15pp US5500919  1996-03 Luther  Canon Information Systems, Inc. Graphics user interface for controlling text-to-speech conversion
Get PDF - 19pp US5850629  1998-12 Holm et al.  Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. User interface controller for text-to-speech synthesizer
Get PDF - 26pp US5873059  1999-02 Iijima et al.  Sony Corporation Method and apparatus for decoding and changing the pitch of an encoded speech signal
Get PDF - 26pp US5890117  1999-03 Silverman  Nynex Science & Technology, Inc. Automated voice synthesis from text having a restricted known informational content
Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G1999-249967

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