[Qi Hardware Discuss] Bard Storyteller 0.5 for Nanonote

john jptmoore at gmail.com
Sun Jan 22 08:51:47 EST 2012

On 21 January 2012 20:36, Alan W Black <awb at cs.cmu.edu> wrote:
> Bard Storyteller 0.5
> http://festvox.org/bard/
> Bard Storyteller is a text reader.  Bard not only allows a user to read
> books, but can also read books to a user using text-to-speech.
> Bard Storyteller is free software, distributed under a BSD-like license.
> Bard depends on CMU Flite (cmuflite.org) for both some general C utilities
> and for synthesis itself.  Bard is targeted at small portable devices such
> as smart phones, not so smart phones and offline devices. It uses libsdl
> (and libsdl-ttf) to display and interact with the user.
> see http://festvox.org/bard/README for more generic details, and full
> source.
> Bard was written specifically with the Nanonote as the target machine,
> because I wanted an offline book reader and I wanted to have better speech
> synthesis on the device.  There is an Nanonote package available from
> http://festvox.org/bard/bard_0.5-1_xburst.ipk
> Copy it to you device and run
>   opkg install bard_0.5-1_xburst.ipk
> There are actually only three files in it which get installed
> /usr/local/bin/bard
> /usr/share/gmenu2x/sections/applications/bard
> /usr/share/gmenu2x/skins/Default/icons/Bard32.png
> Its not clear to me if packages should be installing themselves as apps for
> gmenu2x, let me know if this is not the convention.
> Although this is a fully functional text reader with text to speech support
> it is very early in its development.  Let me know what you think and what
> you want in such a program.
> Things currently on the desired list:
> We are working on other synthesis voices to make them fast enough
> Audio quality is still an issue, its not as clean as it should be
> Smooth scrolling
> Screen blanking when speaking or not being used
> Other text formats: epub, prc, rtf, html, pdf
> Search
> Better treatment of text formats (with and without newlines), find chapters
>  do some font size/boldness stuff
> Support for more platforms
> (Cleaner) Support for cross compilation
> Alan
> Alan W Black                                email: awb at cs.cmu.edu
> Language Technologies Institute             http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~awb/
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Very impressive work. The example I tried was very audible. Great use
of the Ben's little speaker!


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