Breaking the Language Barrier
Press Release November 8th, 2005

Linguatec Personal Translator now with the Voice of SVOX

New, Natural-Sounding Speech Output for the Read-Out Function

Munich-based language technology expert Linguatec GmbH has entered a strategic partnership with Swiss text-to-speech specialist SVOX AG. In the new 2006 version, the Linguatec translation program Personal Translator now boasts a speech-output component from SVOX which features an intriguingly natural-sounding voice.

Personal Translator with integrated reader

As a world-wide leader in this field, SVOX offers a text-to-speech (TTS) system of ground-breaking quality which perfectly complements the translation technology of Personal Translator 2006, for which an international patent has been filed. The SVOX TTS engine converts written text in real time to clearly articulated speech with a natural-sounding voice. “Synthetic voices can now hardly be distinguished from the human voice both in accent and intonation”, confirms Volker Jantzen, CEO of SVOX AG. “Our vision is for devices which talk to humans to become an irreplaceable companion in everyday life.” The renowned translation program Personal Translator provides an impressive demonstration: The user can listen to and check both original texts and translations in outstanding quality – in German, English and French!

More joint projects planned

Linguatec and SVOX plan to extend their successful collaboration to more joint projects in the future. “In the era of mobile phones, MP3 players and multimedia PCs, high-quality speech output of written text offers the most varied applications both for professional office communication and entertainment”, says Dr. Reinhard Busch, Managing Director of Linguatec. And the pleasant voices of SVOX text-to-speech provide an ideal basis for this.

Press contact:

Frau Elisabeth Bauer
Linguatec Sprachtechnologien GmbH
Gottfried-Keller-Str. 12
D-81245 München
Tel.: +49-89-89 66 64-152

Herr Norman Rohr
Baslerstrasse 30
CH-8048 Zürich
Tel.: +41-43-544 0620



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