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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Amazon Alexa Polly Voices for Context

Useful, will be experimenting with.   Perhaps to use alternative voices for emphasis, effect or indicating alternative contexts?   I like any idea that can 'widen' the voice channel.  From the Dev blog.

 Amazon Polly Voices in Alexa Skills Now Generally Available

  We’re excited to announce the general availability of Amazon Polly voices in the Alexa Skills Kit. Now you can use 27 different Amazon Polly voices to make your Alexa skills more engaging for customers. You can use the voices in your skills for free in all locales supported by Alexa.

What Is Amazon Polly?
Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Amazon Polly uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. Visit the Amazon Polly product page for more information.

Make Your Skill Experience More Dynamic and Engaging with Amazon Polly Voices
Using Amazon Polly, you can choose a different voice for any utterance by using the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the “voice name” tag and the “lang” tag (if you need a language other than the default language for the skill). You can even use an Amazon Polly voice for every utterance in your skill. Developers are already taking advantage of Amazon Polly to:  ....  "

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