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Text-to-Speech & Speech-to-Text Converters Coming Soon for iPhone?

Written on May 15, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Apple has come up with something that will let you hear your what you text, and then speak what you want to text. Cool, huh?

is reportedly filing a patent application for a system for the that could translate text messages into speech, and vice versa, according to Patently Apple.

“According to a new Apple patent application that was published this morning by the US Patent and Trademark Office, future iPhone’s are likely to provide end users with effective new ways of communicating in both noisy environments like a restaurant or even during a quiet office meeting without stirring a mouse,“ Patently Apple reports.

The idea would be very useful if you’re in an environment that’s too noisy for you to hear calls, or in situations where you cannot talk out load, say, a meeting. This is where the system starts working: the system, which will also come with noise detection, would automatically convert the speech from the other end into text. On the other hand, if you’re in a meeting, you would be able to type in text that could be translated into speech when you send it to the other party.

“The system involves using new text-to-speech and speech-to-text converters as well as providing a means of sending prerecorded notifications to the caller if you’re unable to speak when answering your phone.”

Now, that’s another innovative idea from Apple, and something to look forward to in the future of iPhones.

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