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iPad gives comedian with cerebral palsy a voice

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iPad gives comedian with cerebral palsy a voice
Since the iPad stormed the world, it has been hailed as a revolutionary device that has the power to transform lives. While the critics may say this mostly hype, we think we can all agree that it is really amazing when a piece of technology can enable a person to do something they could not have otherwise accomplished without it.

Lee “Lost Voice Guy” Ridley has cerebral palsy and lost his voice as a child due to complications at birth. Although unable to speak, he has a unique and hilarious view of the world that he is now able to convey to an audience thanks to his iPad and a $2 app.

By using Speak it!, a natural sounding text to speech app for iOS, Ridley was able to make his stand-up comedy debut. As you can see in the video below, Ridley is able to substitute the iPad speech for his voice while still augmenting his performance with his body language. The Speak it! Text to Speech app by Future Apps Inc. includes four high quality voices that sound less robotic than traditional text to speech programs, making it a viable option for an entertainment performance.

Speak it! has the ability to read text on the fly, copy and paste text from a variety of sources, and even save spoken audio files for future playback. It is also localized for French, Italian, German, and Spanish and offers the option to purchase additional voices.

For Ridley, we can only imagine that $1.99 is a small price to pay to be able to pursue a dream that once must have seemed impossible.



Speak it! [App Store Link]

source: Electronista

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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 20:53 2

1. maier9900 (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Sounds really good!

All i can say is that this is unrealistically amazing and thumbs up to the developers.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 21:24

2. ENIGMA (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Same to
hes happy
something good from the dev
and from ios

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 21:36 1

3. eman99 (Posts: 192; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


my son has cerebral palsy is there apps that can really help him like this he's only 3 but would like him to communicate with me and my wife

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 11:56 1

4. tedkord (Posts: 3907; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's nice to see this tech used for something worthwhile and productive, and not just to play tweet, facebook and play angry birds. This is awesome. I hope more really useful apps are in the works.

(I'm as guilty as anyone. While I don't really play games, and I despise and don't use facebook, most of the apps I've got on my smartphone are really shallow. I mainly surf the web, watch netflix and use Tapatalk. I'm sure not using it to give voice to someone who has none.)

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 17:38 2

5. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Its an ipad
That's all that needs to be said

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