Delighting the user with speech synthesis
We all know there is something special about speech. Our voices are not just a means of communicating, although they are superb at communicating, they also give a deep impression of who we are. They can betray our upbringing, our emotional state, our state of health. They can be used to persuade and convince, to calm and to excite. Speech synthesis technology offers a means to engage the user, to personify an interface, to add delight to human computer interaction. In this talk I will present speech synthesis work that supports social interaction through the use of emotion, personalisation and audio design, we will relate this technology to requirements in dialogue systems, eyes-free data aggregation and audio interfaces, and I will discuss the challenges the technology faces for a pervasive, eyes-free future.