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Test-to-Speech TTS Reader in Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil & Malayalam launchdd

Chennai, 22 September 2011: Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology today released the CD containing Text-To- Speech system (TTS) in six Indian languages. These are Hindi, Marathi, Bangla, Telugu, Tamil & Malayalam.

 He also launched web based Optical Character Recognition systems (OCR) for Hindi & Punjabi. S

Technology Development for Indian Language (TDIL) Programme of the Department of Information Technology, under a consortium project has developed this Text-To- Speech system. TTS has also been integrated with Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader and Optical Character Recognition System (OCRA). OCR system developed under a TDIL consortium Project for Hindi & Punjabi was also provided on TDIL Data Centre to get user feedback, while the challenges of computationally intensive technology research are parallely being addressed.

Text-to-Speech is computer software which renders the machine readable text into Human Voice. The TTS software shall enable people with visual impairments or low vision disabilities to listen to written works on a computer or a mobile device. Text to Speech system integrated with screen reader would enable visually challenged users to interpret and perform computer operations with audio interface. It allows easy navigation using the screen reader facility.

Optical Character Recognition systems convert paper documents to electronic form so that printed books and records can be accessed and processed using computer based techniques. OCR for Indian scripts can make this literature web accessible. Further, one can use OCR-ed electronic data to generate Braille version of printed books for visually challenged. Also OCR's can enable text-to-speech systems to deliver Indian language books through the medium of audio.

The TTS with Screen Reader (NVDA and OCRA) CD can be obtained on request from Prof Hema Murthy (hema@cse.iitm.ac.in) and OCR can be accessed from TDIL Data Centre (http://www.tdil-dc.in) .

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