Xiaomi unveils an app based on Speech Technology to Help People with Speech Disorders

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Xiaomi, today, unveiled its latest application of advanced algorithms and self-developed speech technology to the accessibility field.  

The spontaneous style Text-To-Speech technology, which is developed by Xiaomi AI Lab, is used to generate a unique and customized voice for a user with speech disorders. The user can now communicate with others by using “his own voice”, instead of a typical monotonous electronic voice. 

As a part of the “Own My Voice” pre-research project led by Xiaomi Technical Committee, this successful attempt demonstrates Xiaomi’s commitment to “Tech for Good” and to achieve its mission of “let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology”.

Zhu Xi, Technology Committee topic convener on Tech for Good, Xiaomi Corporation, said, “We are excited to explore multiple values that technology innovation brings to us, such as responding to users’ demands for the self-identity and the construction of identity.”

The project team recruited more than 200 volunteers within Xiaomi to donate their voices to generate the most suitable and personalized voice for the recipient. They used the voiceprint matching algorithm to match the features of volunteers’ donated voices with those of the recipient’s voice. 

According to the statement, ‘The “Own My Voice” project combines a variety of most advanced algorithms with Xiaomi’s self-developed speech technology to ensure the specificity, safety, and high genuineness of the synthesized voice, creating a new idea on customized speech synthesis for users with speech disorders.’

The spontaneous style Text-To-Speech technology replaces the monotonous and unnatural feeling of the electronic voice with a more natural one. Currently, this technology applies to many smart devices equipped with Xiaoai, the AI voice assistant of Xiaomi. 

The company expects the “Own My Voice” project may get widely adopted in accessibility areas and improve user experience. Zhu Xi added, “If we notice and address the needs of minority groups at an early stage, the process of technology diffusion could be greatly shortened. This allows the benefits of new technologies to become accessible to users with special needs without delay.”

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