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text2speech and speech recognition for perl in 2023by Discipulus (Canon)
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Discipulus has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
with age advancing I'm getting even more lazy than before and my eyes get tired soon reading a zillion of emails, so I modified my IMAP monitor to use voice.exe so I can ear the subject of important messages while I'm working on other things (true laziness is hard work ;)
The implementation is quick and dirty as system (1, $voicecmd, $txt) or die "Unable to speak!"; but raised once again my interest on text2speech and speech recognition state of the art, obviously Perl side of.
As I understand it, both text2speech and speech recognition are always provided by external programs.
At work I use microsoft so I picked up the above mentioned voice.exe wich is simply a wrapper around System.Speech.Synthesis but I remember eons ago I used SAPI voices.
Win32::SAPI4 matrix is blatantly red but Win32::SAPI5 one looks promising, even being 2005. Not its documentation :(
SAPI5 SDK latest release is from 2022 and its 3895 friendly pages manual after many CTRL-F attempts lead me to something working:
perl -MWin32::SAPI5 -e "$voice=Win32::SAPI5::SpVoice->new(); $voice->Speak('finally hello world')"
I'm not satisfied: I'd like to know the state of the art of software with some or easy implementable perl interface:
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