Text to Voice: Facilitating Access

Demonstrating text to speech app

Why type out a search string on a touch keyboard when you can simply ask a question? Voice interfaces enable unprecedented access for many people, overcoming literacy and technology barriers through a natural interface of human conversation.

Some uses include:

  • Instant information: Voice access to readily available information and frequently searched for data such as phone/USSD numbers for bill pay, balance inquiries, and other financial services, as well as queries about consumer products and current pricing
  • Weather Alerts: An illiterate farmer can get information on a daily basis that was previously was hard to get, i.e., weather forecasts and alerts, enabling better planning and livelihood-related decisions
  • Text to speech: For the illiterate and vision-challenged, devices can read aloud (small) print on contracts, government forms, and instructions



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