Hear2Read Promises Machine-learned Audio Translations for India

Text to speech tools are nothing new, but the one offered by Hear2Read — for free — is a little bit different from the rest. It uses machine learning to populate a database and compare the commonalities of Indian languages, offering translation on the fly without a massive bespoke list of words. Developed in tandem with the Carnegie Mellon University, Hear2Read was created with the main ambition of making something to work on low-spec devices that could be distributed for free. And there it is, on Google Play for Android, promising to translate documents into spoken words for people speaking Tamil across India and around the world. The system adapts a baseline structure after recording two or three hours of raw speech, with a machine learning tool apparently able to adapt its output…


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