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ColinH46
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Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

Hello everyone, I wonder if anyone can help me?

I have MND and can't speak, but would love to be able to use my phone by connecting it to my PC and using a text-speech software package to provide the outgoing voice (my hearing is fine so perhaps a headset to listen to the other end?).

I have tried switching the phone to 'speakerphone' mode and placing it near the PC's speaker but this degrades the speeach quality considerably.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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john46
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Re: Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

This link may be of help http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.html
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ColinH46
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Re: Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

John, Many thanks for the link. Sorry, I should have made my problem clearer.

 

I already have Natural Reader 14 loaded on the PC and a selection of English male voices to perform the text-to-speech function. Where I am floundering is what interface hardware do I need to connect the PC to the phone (or socket) and how to connect the headset (without microphone or with it disabled)?

 

I have found examples of setups to record calls, but not one to inject voice from the PC into the phone line. VOIP may offer a solution but that seems to require a new telephone number. I would rather keep the number I have. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

 

Thanks, Colin.

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john46
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Re: Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

no you can port a BT number to a VOIP service I will try and research hardware for you  it may take me a few days  but I have a friend   with a similar disability and I am sure he  may have the hardware you are looking for 

 

 

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ColinH46
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Re: Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

Thanks John!

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ColinH46
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Re: Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

Sorry to be a nuisance, but have you managed to speak to your friend yet?

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john46
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Re: Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

not yet as he is unwell in hospital
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ColinH46
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Re: Can't speak, can I use text to speech from a pc?

I am very sorry to hear that. I hope he makes a full and rapid recovery.