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Old 03-14-2011, 07:33 AM   #1
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Cool Voice to command & text/command to voice programs

Hi folks.

Does anyone know of a commercial program that will run on openSUSE?

I need something that is fairly user friendly, identifies individual voices, and does not require Wine. The machine is to be completely controlled by voice and would be programmed to issue vocals in response to vocal requests for what is in the various databases and I/O software, such as motion control and other sensor subsystems. In other words, a program that lends itself to AI robotics.

I do not have the time to develop CMSphinx, and I am willing to pay. I have been on a few sites but they are cryptic as far as the technicals, which I do not fully understand anyway.

I understand extensive programming will still be necessary. I simply need one that will integrate as painlessly as is resonable.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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Hello and Welcome to LinuxQuestions,

Not quite what you're looking for but pretty sure you can get some ideas from it. Have look at Knoppix Adriane. It's a distro for the visually impaired.
"Adriane Knoppix is a variation that is intended for blind and visually impaired people, which can be used entirely without vision oriented output devices. It was released in the third quarter of 2007 as a Live CD. Adriane Knoppix is named after Adriane Knopper, the wife of Klaus Knopper, the developer of Knoppix. Adriane has a visual impairment, and has been assisting Klaus with the development of the software.[8] The name Adriane is also an acronym for "Audio Desktop Reference Implementation And Networking Environment".
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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I tried CMU Sphinx4 and it works. One must learn Java to deal with it and to make applications. However, several sample programs are provided.

I did have trouble with the mic input. The cheap desktop had too little gain so I used the Vivitar camcorder shotgun mic which worked well but the input circuit blew out on the Fatal1ty. I had all the levels sky high, but it was a used card and I cannot tell for sure. A 20k series resistor may protect the circuit from overload. It did hear me clearly over 10 feet away!

The input level being too low had to do with the impedance matching between the mic and the sound card. It is faster to just try different mics and cards rather than get any support for this issue anywhere.
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eSpeak: Speech Synthesizer -
Emacspeak --The Complete Audio Desktop -
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:10 PM   #5
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Thanks craigevil for the links. I did not mention my app has to run a humanoid robot, probably with several nodes each with its own OS. Java is robust enough to use it for the entire app, which means, the artificial intelligence part. Sphinx is built with Java so may as well keep it uniform.
I will look into emacs. It appears much of what I need has already been developed as far as command and control in that one.


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