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Give a hoot! Share your voice!

That doesn't sound catchy now that I've written out, but moving on! Now you can help someone unable to speak by giving them your voice... sorta... FOR SCIENCE!

Read on for more information, or if you really want to skip all the reading, basically a new effort is underway by two speech scientists to help those who cannot speak and/or are limited in their ability to do so for one reason or another and require the use of devices to speak for them.

This new project, and I'm stealing this directly from their website, "extracts acoustic properties from a target talker's disordered speech (whatever sounds they can still produce) and applies these features to a synthetic voice that was created from a surrogate voice donor who is similar in age, size, gender, etc. The result is a synthetic voice that contains as much of the vocal identity of the target talker as possible yet the speech clarity of the surrogate talker. It's a simple idea that could make a powerful impact on the lives of those who rely on synthetic voices to express themselves."


So for all intents and purposes, you're donating your voice, along with countless others, to help someone who can't speak at all or much/well but giving them a way to do so that is unique to them. Basically, and I'm really oversimplifying things here, they're getting their "own" voice.

This sounds amazing, no pun intended (given the subject matter).

If you decide to "donate your voice", you'll be required to record yourself talking for between 2-3 hours and by talking I mean reading/repeating short sentences that cover all the potential sounds and combinations thereof that occur in our given language.

Additional information for donors can be found here and those interested in signing up to help out can do so here. Helping out is not limited to donating your voice. Options are also included for developers/programmers, speech-language pathologists, financial supporters and so on and so forth.

Additional information can be found on the site itself, whose main link is here.

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