Volunteers use new technology to donate voices to those with speech disorders
The Washington Post - 12/05/2016
Patel, who is also a speech technology professor on leave from Northeastern University, worked with Bunnell as a researcher. When she decided to bring the technology out of the lab, she developed her own method for blending voices and turned to crowdsourcing to gain access to enough voices to reflect the diversity of potential customers, which could include a middle-aged man from Alabama or a little girl from Ireland.
Since she announced the voicebank two years ago, the response has been overwhelming, she said, with donors aged 6 to 91 logging on from all over the world.
People donate for many reasons: Some are practicing English or working toward community service requirements. Some have throat cancer or degenerative diseases such as ALS and could eventually become voice recipients.