Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) on Friday announced that it
has acquired Phonetic Arts, a U.K.-based firm developing computer speech
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
the company’s "team of researchers and engineers work at the cutting edge
of speech synthesis, delivering technology that generates natural computer
speech from small samples of recorded voice."
Google is currently using
speech synthesis in Google Translate, which can "speak" translated
text in multiple languages.