Speak:Unique, The Voicebank Research Project

Creating personalised digital voices for communication aids, simply and efficiently.

Condition(s)

  • All neurodegenerative conditions & carers
  • Motor neurone disease

About the project

Sadly, motor neurone disease and other neurological conditions can sometimes leave people unable to speak. This leads to isolation, difficulty communicating, and loss of control, dignity and personal identity.

Some people in this situation choose to use a communication aid or app that can convert text, entered on a keyboard or by eye movements, into a computerised voice. These devices are valuable, but the pre-installed generic or “off the shelf” voices provide a very limited solution.

Speak:Unique, our Voicebank Research Project, aims to help people sound like themselves again, by providing ‘their own’ voice for use in a communication aid.

Speak:Unique is multidisciplinary project between the Anne Rowling Clinic / Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research and the Centre for Speech Technology Research at the University of Edinburgh.

To find out more please visit the Speak:Unique website at www.speakunique.org.

Related links

Speak:Unique case study page on the Euan MacDonald Centre website

Funder(s)

Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, Scottish Government, Medical Research Council, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research

Status

Fully recruited

Contact

Speak:Unique Voicebank Research Team
info@speakunique.org
0131 465-9500
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