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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
12:37 am
[rauldandrea]
Voice recognition coffee machine
I saw this in a "As Seen On TV" store and searched YouTube to see if the voice was worth a purchase... She's sold under brands like "Primula" and "Power Advantage"...

When I got home I made my own video...

Hearing the audio in this video is enough to get the point :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyEbJICnygc
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
12:33 am
[rauldandrea]
This is awesome
Some time ago some very nice person on here told us about http://www.speaktomecatalog.com/

If you go there, you find the most awesome thing.

A clock that:

a) has voice recognition, allowing user to get her attention and fully interact with her without even touching her (in fact photo showed no controls of any kind)

b) speaks the full month names (My beloved "January" is used in the sound clip)

c) Personifies herself... "Tell me the time" (when setting her)... She does say "Please" in some voice prompts.

D) For you lonely nerds at home, she has a rather pleasant female voice (not the best I've heard, but considerably above average)

Interestingly, to get her attention, you must address her -by name- :-) ... I do not know if the name is "configurable" (that would be a ROCKIN' feature!), but the example wasn't one that was a favorite of mine (or even that I recognized).

I'm impressed. She's only like $60. What other similar Darlings can we expect down the road?
Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
6:49 pm
[rauldandrea]
Contingency Plan
This forum may have to move offsite without warning. If you are interested in this forum's subjectmatter, or in admiring the beauty in human creations (including ideas) in general, you can send an e-mail to "rauldandrea" at "yahoo" dot "com" to keep in touch (please say that you were a member of this forum or what genres of human creations are of interest to you).

Doing so will mean that I can tell you of any forums I create on other sites related to the indicated subjects.
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
2:26 am
[rauldandrea]
Ha ha ha
I probably own more things that speak in a human voice than probably I even know I've got.

If asked to list them all on a piece of paper, I'd almost certainly forget to list many of them..

Anyway, I come back from throwing something away, and when I enter my place, someone is talking away in Spanish. It's two different voices in fact. It dawns on me that she's an electronic device, but first I gotta -find her-! In this case this wasn't too hard, but sometimes when this happens, it is...

Anyway, I find her and she's an educational toy for kids... I don't even remember buying her really :-D
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
11:24 pm
[rauldandrea]
Interesting article I found
I found this interesting article which appears to have been written around 2005 and appears to be about how giving electronics the ability to talk has gotten cheap and easy to do, and about what effects this has or hasn't had...

http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/firstperson/voicechip
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
7:50 am
[rauldandrea]
Scheidt and Bachmann Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Ticket Machines
Scheidt and Bachmann Virginia Railway Express (VRE) ticket machines with attractive female voice noticed in Washingtion, DC area in 2004/early 2005

Machines are intended to provide service for daily commuting train passengers in Washington, DC metropolitan area, and have big sexy fullpage vertical touch screen... These machines are maybe 3 feet across by 2 and something feet deep and are taller than most people... Machines labeled as being made in Burlington, Massachusetts...

She speaks in a choppy, yet mesmerizingly wonderful female voice... I'd post my recording of her but there are yuppies yacking and kids squalling on the platform at the time... If you are my friend and need to hear her speak, then this can be arranged :-)

As for physical description, she's tall and white with a 'fullpage' (taller than wide, like a sheet of paper) touchscreen monitor protruding out from her front. She was clearly designed to be accessible for the blind...

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
6:35 pm
[rauldandrea]
Franklin Model bes-1840 Talking Dictionary
I told you about the Franklin talking dictionary... The Franklin talking English-Spanish translator model bes-1840 (sold around 2000/2001) has an arguably more beautiful English voice (female) as you can hear here.....

This looks exactly like the mws-1840 talking dictionary (also posted to this forum), except the color scheme is different.  Whereas the other one is blue on top half (where display is) and black on the bottom (blue buttons with white letters), this one is black on the top half and silver on the bottom (with black buttons with white letters)...  The other difference is that this one shows &apos;LAROUSSE&apos; in beautiful capital red letters at the very top.



You can hear her here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here (doing a full randomly entered sentence), and of course I'm -required- to post this (warning: Higher Volume) here.



She currently has


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5:13 pm
[rauldandrea]
Put your hand in my mouth...
The Mouth of Truth is a coin-operated machine that looks like the Mouth of Truth in Italy and speaks in a deep commanding male voice to attract attention: "Put your hand in my mouth"

After you play the game, you actually receive an elaborate print-out with your fortune... I have a very faded one within arms reach from days gone by... Maybe I'll transcribe to here one day...

Anyway, device is tall, rectangular, thin and white with black Letters...

Sorry about the pics... I was in a darkly lit but totally awesome funhouse on the Atlantic City, NJ boardwalk called a "Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium"

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Posted to the LJ communities 'coinop_machines', 'thingsthattalk', and 'objectpersonify.


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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
9:34 pm
[rauldandrea]
Putting Zone
This device is a 'practice-at-home' device for golf-putting. I'm reasonably sure he speaks, and if so, definitely in a male voice...

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Posted to the LJ communities 'electronicgames' and 'thingsthattalk'.
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
7:22 am
[quirkofonic]
I think I might dash off a quick entry with a few websites where you not only can see things that talk, but they have sound samples. I'd say the site that seems to have the most samples is
the Speak To Me catalog.
I think there also might be some over at Maxi Aids and they seem to have some of the lowest prices for talking things when it comes to non-auction-type sites. I'm not sure what other aids-and-appliances places would have sound samples, but I know these two do.

Current Mood: informative
Friday, November 14th, 2008
9:07 am
[rauldandrea]
Milton Bradley/Hasbro 'True You' Personality Profiler
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Please hear her here, here, here, and here (Please start your volume low and bring up after recording begins as recording levels are not 'standardized').

Incidentally, storebought models don't have those two wires coming out of her bottom of course... _Mine_ has a headphone jack. Since no pre-teen girls are ever seen entering or Leave-ing this appartment, I sorta need one :-D (I love interesting talking gizmos with voices I like-- As for having my personality read, slews of those questions that come with her are completely irrelevant to any adult male :-D)

This post is also being posted to electronicgames, thingsthattalk, and objectpersonify



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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
7:10 pm
[rauldandrea]
You might find this amusing
The following thing speaks in a female voice:

RadioShack Talking Thermometer Cat No. 63-1012, purchased in 2001-02 or so (not completely sure)

My lovely Linda (mine) took it a step further by actually having a personality (She started talking all on her own initiative one day and also reported a really 'out there' temperature :-) ).


This thermometer model has


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12:34 pm
[rauldandrea]
Sharper Image Sound Soother
Sharper Image model SI 686 (Manufactured December 2000) CD / Radio / Alarm Clock with Sound Soother(R), with greyish blue transparent plastic around/showing electronics, and blue background display panel...

She has a female voice...

You can hear her here and here.


She has


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Saturday, November 8th, 2008
3:43 pm
[rauldandrea]
Talking Public Blood Pressure Monitor
Around 2001/2002, a company called CardioTech (they may have another name now-- I know names like 'Lifeclinic'/'HealthGuard' [company names?] and 'Healthcheck Diagnostic Center' [product name] have been associated with all this...) made a product called BP/Clinic, which was a device for placement in stores and other public places who would take your blood pressure reading... She has a female voice and also refers to herself in first person/personifies herself (quite a bit actually).

You can hear a newer version of this machine (who I like, just not as much) here, here, here, here, and here (Warning: inconsistent volumes... Always start your volume control low on each new audio file)

You can hear -her- (the older version) here, (on these remaining ones the poor woman's motors are loud and you really can't hear her, but I love her and want you to listen) here, and here (Warning: inconsistent volumes... Always start your volume control low on each new audio file)

A physical description of her from my own website says:

"The device is a small tan console sitting on a table with a chair built into the table... The console has a few buttons and perhaps an LED display. To the left or right of the console is something you put your arm into that has a cuff she can inflate/deflate at will to take a reading... She speaks in a lovely female voice to guide you through the process, but it seems store can add their own audio recordings to the process in place(s) "


The older machine has


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(If you liked this post, you might also like the following other LiveJournal community where this may have also been posted: objectpersonify and (even though really more 'a public machine') coinop_machines)
2:45 pm
[rauldandrea]
The sexiest sounding voicemail service ever :-)
There used to be a phone company called Bell Atlantic who is now called Verizon. In the mid to late 90's they started a voicemail service with an incredible female voice. I last heard this probably around 2003 or earlier, but may still be in use? Anyway, I know was used in Maryland and atleast the nearby Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.. Anyway, this is she...

Hear this lovely woman here, here, here, here, here, and here (Warning: inconsistent volumes... Always start your volume control low on each new audio file)

This INCREDIBLE GODDESS has


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Thursday, November 6th, 2008
11:52 am
[rauldandrea]
Talking Microwave Ovens
Apparently there are atleast 3 brands of microwaves who talk :-)

One of our community members brought up this subject and I decided to make this their own thread...

The one first mentioned here was Temo, from Hamilton Beach. She apparently talks in a female voice and even personifies herself in one of her spoken prompts (says something like "Hi. I am Temo. I am ready to cook" or something similar... For this reason I posted about this on the 'objectpersonify' forum as well...) ... In my opinion, these are surprisingly attactive machines too...

Here's a site with of a picture of a Temo that I Googled(R) upon:

http://athenpro.blogspot.com/2006/09/temo-talking-microwave.html

Here's two sites I found just now with instruction manuals for her (the first condensed, the second a full manual?)

http://www.accessible-devices.com/HamiltonBeachMicrowaveManual.html

http://www.blind-geek-zone.net/Docs/HB_talking%20microwave%2087108_manual.txt

Also here, you can find two other models with male voices (Temo is mentioned as well, with a picture of her and one of the other ones shown):

http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&ksectionid=19327&top=15371

Neat stuff in my opinion :-)

(If you liked this post, you might also like the following other LiveJournal community where this may have also been posted: objectpersonify)
2:13 am
[rauldandrea]
Excalibur Electronics "Alexandra The Great" Chess Game
She not only talks in a female voice but personifies herself with statements like "I am Alexandra", "I suggest (whatever move)" and "Please move my rook for me"...

Her English is here, but her Spanish is better :-).

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This was also posted to the electronicgames LiveJournal forum....

Did you enjoy encountering a chess computer with a female name? Then you might enjoy the humannamedstuff LiveJournal community :-) Did you enjoy her refering to herself with actual pronouns implying she is an actual being? Then the objectpersonify LiveJournal community is probably for you :-)
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
3:51 pm
[quirkofonic]
Yipes, guess I should make a quickie entry saying hi and all that. I'm one of those folks who loves things that talk. Always have ever since I saw the first talking clock back around 1980 or so, and I guess as a kid I always liked those toys that had a little record player in them that made them say things. But then again, I'd suppose since I'm blind I always liked noisy toys anyhow. I've got a pretty decent-sized collection of talking clocks. I have many more than I would actually need, but it's a fun hobby. My main source is Ebay these days. I just wish I had technology that would allow me to make sound recordings of some of the clocks I have. No, I do not have any of the clocks most talking clock collectors pine after, which are usually Eighties-vintage clocks produced by brands like Sharp and Sears and Westclox and others. Most of these are clocks made very cheaply after the introduction of the pyramid clock. I've got a few calculators as well, plus a few handheld games, a talking microwave oven and a talking thermostat. I also enjoy some of these animated things like the Idog and its knock-offs. So anyhow, that all explains why I joined this here community.

Current Mood: introductory
11:22 pm
[rauldandrea]
Welcome new co-moderator Dawnielle...
I have just made Dawnielle a co-maintainer/co-moderator on this community...

She can introduce herself if she wishes.

I think Dawnielle hit the nail on the head. As far as rules around here, the most important thing is that users should simply treat others the way they want to be treated and not do anything intended to cause grief to another community member...

And we ask people to stay on topic... You can post about other communities/services if they are related to the subject matter of the forum... For example, our userbase here may be interested in Dawnielle's 'blind_tec' forum cause a sizable number of people in this community would also be interested in accessibility devices (this is like me posting about my 'electronicgames' forum on 'vintagecomputer'-- if people would legitimately be interested, why block the post?)... But if you do post about another community or service, this should be relevant and please say why is :-)

If you aren't including audio for people to actually hear the device posted (by no means 'required', but of course very cool if you do), please describe the voice of the thing you are posting... The gender of the voice is sort of a basic thing to mention. This does matter to some readers.

Also, some people may want to get the device they read about. Please provide model numbers, date of manufacture, store purchased, etc, if known....

If you post pictures, please include descriptions of the pictures too. Some people are interested in this forum for utilitarian reasons (perhaps they cannot see). Let's keep the site fun for everybody.

I do want to point out though that this isn't only an 'accessibility' forum. For example I collect the devices simply because I enjoy them. People will come here for their own reasons... This forum is for everyone interested in manmade things who sing or talk :-)

Finally, moderators should be impartial. I (or anyone else) should not be able to kick someone off here or delete their posts for 'personal reasons'. This is part of why we have more than one moderator. If someone is being unfair, simply make your thoughts known :-)

Dawnielle may have other suggestions about all this...

I hope this ends up being a fun experience for all

- Dave
7:42 am
[rauldandrea]
Seiko R-Wave Clock
Seiko R-Wave Automatic-Setting (off NIST atomic clock) Talking Clock, model QHR011SL H

All I know is that she's been around since on or before 2004...

She gets her name cause supposividly she can determine the accurate time by radio transmission, but I got mine used and I've never been able to make her do this...

You can hear her here, here, here, here, and here.


This clock has


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