17 Sep Text-to-Speech technology reaches an inflection point
Moore’s Law is a funny thing. Computing gear ticks along, getting faster and often cheaper at a steady rate. But, every now and then, we hit an inflection point where things change in a dramatic fashion. Such is the case with the Apple iPhone and with netbooks -– products that nailed the right recipe of horsepower, size and cost at the right time.
In an article published Tuesday, I took a look at how iPhones and netbooks have disrupted not only the consumer electronics market but also health care.
People with speech-impairing conditions like A.L.S., autism, Down syndrome and strokes have started to discover that general-purpose devices, equipped with downloadable text-to-speech software, can in many cases help them communicate better and more cheaply than the proprietary speech devices covered by Medicare and private health insurance.
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