eSpeak is a compact open source software speech synthesizer for Linux, Windows, and other platforms. Based on an existing text-to-speech-software, eSpeak made it accessible to 12 Indian languages.
- Affordable text-to-speech software from India
- CIS - Center for Internet and Society
- Country of Implementation
- Asia & Pacific
- South Asia
- First published
“eSpeak for Indian languages is an open-source, community-driven project to provide voice support benefiting over 63 million people with print disabilities.” Nirmita NARASIMHAN
eSpeak is a Text-To-Speech system that addresses the crucial gap by providing a voice translation tool in Indian local languages. eSpeak can be used in combination with screen readers on computers, as well as on mobile phones. Being an open-source software tool, it is affordable and compatible with other software. The project is being undertaken at a national level in collaboration with DPOs for blind persons from different states. The beneficiaries are involved in the development process from an early stage in order to cater to their needs.
India has 63 million persons with visual impairments and several million persons who are in other ways disabled or illiterate, who require voice-based communication systems. The unavailability of TTS in local languages and the high cost are preventing large-scale deployment of the technology.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Open-source translation software for text-to-speech