By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 23, 2012
Do you know anyone who has lost their voice or finds it hard to communicate verbally?
Toronto-based MyVoice Inc., founded by Alexander Levy, has opened doors for thousands of people suffering from speech and language challenges through the revolutionary mobile app, MyVoice.
After doing a fair bit of reading on the subject, I took the app for a spin to see how it works and learn more about the voices used.
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Alexander Levy, founder, CEO and lead designer of MyVoice Inc., has developed a game-changing app for those who have difficulty speaking. What started as a university research project has turned into a Canadian company offering a salable product that gives people with speech and language difficulties access to better, more advanced products at lower prices with more affordable options.
The MyVoice mobile app, which runs on Apple and Android smartphones and tablet computers, helps the deaf and people with speech disorders, such as stroke survivors and those with autism, to converse audibly.
MyVoice has received praise from people ranging from the Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation, a speech language pathologist and a medical doctor to name just a few. Entire communities supporting people with speech and language difficulties have rallied around this product and are embracing the groundbreaking technology.
According to a recent feature in PROFIT, MyVoice comes pre-populated with common words and phrases, and with a few taps of a screen, the device enunciates a desired sentence. If you click a folder entitled "I want," you'll be given a choice of logical options, such as "one ticket" or "a coffee." Let's say you're at a Starbucks and crave a tall, non-fat, extra hot Chai latte. You can easily populate the app with that command. And when you enter your local cafÃ©, the GPS capabilities in your device will recognize your location and pull up the relevant cue.
I downloaded a free version of the app and tested it with my son. There are many different things you can do using the free app. Our favourite was typing in phrases for MyVoice to read aloud and listening to the sample voices.
A free, limited version of the app is available for download including one voice to start. The default voice is Dave, an American accented male voice. If you'd like to add voices, you can purchase voices for $4.99 each and choose from:
à¹ British female voice "Kate"
à¹ British male voice "Simon"
à¹ American female voice "Susan"
MyVoice Plus is available to users on a monthly or annual subscription basis and allows for more functionality and packages. Proceeds from these sales, says Levy, go towards making better speech aids.
Let me know which app(s) you are the voice of! I'd love to hear from you.
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