Voicesetting: Voice Authoring UIs for Improved Expressivity in Augmentative Communication

論文URL:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3173574.3173857

論文アブストラクト:Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems used by people with speech disabilities rely on text-to-speech (TTS) engines for synthesizing speech. Advances in TTS systems allowing for the rendering of speech with a range of emotions have yet to be incorporated into AAC systems, leaving AAC users with speech that is mostly devoid of emotion and expressivity. In this work, we describe voicesetting as the process of authoring the speech properties of text. We present the design and evaluation of two voicesetting user interfaces: the Expressive Keyboard, designed for rapid addition of expressivity to speech, and the Voicesetting Editor, designed for more careful crafting of the way text should be spoken. We evaluated the perceived output quality, requisite effort, and usability of both interfaces; the concept of voicesetting and our interfaces were highly valued by end-users as an enhancement to communication quality. We close by discussing design insights from our evaluations.

日本語のまとめ:

TTSの感情表現を視線入力でも簡単にする研究、テキスト入力時に絵文字を指定して、絵文字に対応するように合成音声の韻律を操作する。ALS患者とのユーザビリティテストを行い、提案手法の有用性を検証した。

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