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February 20, 2009

Loquendo Brings Voice to Uebbi Gadget

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor


Telecom Italia has announced a new gadget that promises to change the home life of users. Uebbi, a touch-screen multimedia home device can follow users around throughout the day and keep them informed about appointments, wake them up in the morning - even play their favorite music.
 
In addition to the array of multimedia Web content delivered via Alice broadband connectivity, the gadget offers audio content that is generated by using Loquendo TTS expressive speech.
 
Widgets to choose from on the gadget include news, sports, weather, market news and more. This information is read out loud to users at the touch of screen using Loquendo's (News - Alert) TTS technology.
 
Loquendo TTS offers natural sounding voices that are expressive and can accurately pronounce words with quality intonation and timbre.
 
"We are proud that Loquendo speech technology has been chosen for Telecom Italia's (News - Alert) stylish, next-generation consumer device," says Paolo Coppo, Loquendo VP for Marketing and Business Development.
 
"It is an example of yet another innovative context of use for Loquendo TTS. By using speech technology, we have effectively solved the business challenge of vocalizing massive dynamic content in real-time, which would have been impossible to do with a voice talent."

 
Uebbi is available for the European market now from Telecom Italia priced at 139,00 €.
 
Loquendo made headlines recently when it announced that together with Vocalcom and Umanify  it has created, Saynergy, a digital assistant that provides advanced natural language interaction and helps enterprises to improve user experiences through better management of open questions and the ability to solve complex questions through dialogue, just as with a live agent.
 
 
 
For more, check out the Speech Recognition and Text to Speech channel on TMCnet.

Stefania Viscusi is an assignment editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Stefania’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi




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