E-Book Reader

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E-Book Reader TTS PLugin

Objective

Develop a simple and scalable EBook Reader TTS (Text to Speech) Plugin [for Xbook/Read] using eSpeak Speech_synthesis for XO using python.

Description

The Ebook reader will provide the users with the following capabilities :

  • Ability to load text files [possible formats: pdf/txt/doc/DJVU/HTML. Better idea to develop the idea as a plugin for a popularly used Ebook Reader being shipped on XO]
  • A TTS Control Panel to control various parameters of ESpeak.
  • Synchronized highlighting of the textual word with the spoken word.
  • Voice recording and playback, to easily record your own voice reading the page in your own language, and create personalized spoken translations.

Target Audience

Students [taken from Book_reader_feature_set]–

  1. A text to speech option can help kids learn to read.
  2. A text to speech option might help kids that do not like to read a lesson but would not mind listening to it at a speed they could understand it.

Existing Tools Present

Approach

Our approach would be as follows:-

  1. Learn how to use eSpeak and create a widget/component to control eSpeak parameter.
  2. Incorporate the component into Read.
  3. Extending the GUI for synchronized highlighting of the textual word with the spoken word.

Mentor

  • Name : Arjun Sarwal
  • Contact : arjun at laptop dot org
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