Kudos to whoever came up with this image. I just added the text.
In Jason Quinn’s Inka Speech he describes “original nature” very clearly. When you find the mind before thinking, you find Zen.
I’ve written a variety of small Scala apps that take advantage of the “text to speech” capabilities on Mac OS X (Sarah, Wikipedia Page Reader), and a few days ago I started thinking about consolidating these by creating a Mac “text-to-speech service.” I initially created that as an Akka server (here on Github), then thought to make it a little more generic as a REST web service.
I took a few days off from life last week, went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and hacked the heck out of SARAH. This short new video shows some of the major changes to SARAH’s UI and capabilities:
To learn more about SARAH, check out all the details at my SARAH Kickstarter project page.
SARAH is a speech interaction application for Mac OS X computers. It's a little like Siri for the Mac, though it's more limited in some ways, but also more open than Siri. It's open source, and developers can create plugins for SARAH.
I've received a lot of emails about SARAH since I first created it, so, in short, I decided to create a Kickstarter project to see if people would like to have SARAH created as a simple, easy to install Mac OS X application. (This will require several months of full-time development and testing.)
Here's a link to the Kickstarter project:
An artist named Kelly Kingman did a wonderful job of capturing the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference talks. I’ve never seen anything like that, and they are a wonderful way of visually capturing a talk. (Sadly, my phone camera is messed up, and I don’t have any higher-resolution images than this, so I hope some other geeks will post their photos over time.)
SARAH ("Sarah") is a speech recognition/interaction application for Mac OS X computers, created by Alvin Alexander. Summary info:
Apple trademarks VoicePass: I just read that Apple has trademarked the phrase "VoicePass" (or "Voice Pass"), and when I first heard the name, I assumed it stood for "Voice Password", meaning you could finally log into your Mac using a voice password instead of a text password. I'll be able to walk up to my computer, say "Soylent green is people", and the system will log me in, just like in the old tv show Millenium.
Mac speech recognition software FAQ: Can I add my own commands to the Mac speech recognition software system, and if so, how?
While the built-in Mac speech recognition software doesn't recognize voices nearly as well as Sphinx-4, it does have one virtue: You can add custom commands to it fairly easily, as long as you don't mind writing a little AppleScript.
The short story is that if you go to this folder: