I'm not aware of other solutions but that sounds like a good plan.
A simple script (bash/perl/etc) with calls to festival will do the trick.
Fair play to you.
On Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 10:19 AM, Paul Murray <paulinuxmurray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Guys,
>> By chance saw an elderly gentleman last night in a nursing home who
> through old age has lost his voice and is now in a wheelchair and
> obviously very frustrated at only being able to communicate with
> thumbs up and down type gestures. Stephen Hawking came to mind and
> since the guys has full use of his hands, I started thinking about
> netbooks etc, and text to voice. I've played with this kind of thing
> from a fun perspective on a mac, but wondering if there is a way to do
> it from linux with a text entry and carraige return to send out the
> audio rather than mouse clicking through menus to initiate speaks or
> wrapping text in cli.
>> While trival enough to knock up, I thought I'd throw it out to the
> group to see if anyone else has played with this and have any
> expereicences to share before I try re-inventing the wheel.
>> My current thinking is that a console based app would be the best
> idea, have the machine autoboot into console and with no graphics
> being displayed it would lengthen battery life.
>> Any thoughts??
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