Yes, you can let your computer read text to you. The task is relatively easy, if you have Windows on your machine. All you need is Microsoft's speech-API SAPI, the Python Text to Speech module pyTTS, and an updated version of win32com, all free downloads. Here are some experiments with the pyTTS module that literally talk to you.
# Text To Speech using SAPI (Windows) and Python module pyTTS by Peter Parente # download installer file pyTTS-3.0.win32-py2.4.exe # from: http://sourceforge.net/projects/uncassist # also needs: http://www.cs.unc.edu/Research/assist/packages/SAPI5SpeechInstaller.msi # and pywin32-204.win32-py2.4.exe at this date the latest version of win32com # from: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pywin32/ # tested with Python24 on a Windows XP computer vagaseat 15jun2005 import pyTTS import time tts = pyTTS.Create() # set the speech rate, higher value = faster # just for fun try values of -10 to 10 tts.Rate = 1 print "Speech rate =", tts.Rate # set the speech volume percentage (0-100%) tts.Volume = 90 print "Speech volume =", tts.Volume # get a list of all the available voices print "List of voices =", tts.GetVoiceNames() # explicitly set a voice tts.SetVoiceByName('MSMary') print "Voice is set ot MSMary" print # announce the date and time, does a good job timeStr = "The date and time is " + time.asctime() print timeStr tts.Speak(timeStr) print str1 = """ A young executive was leaving the office at 6 pm when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in hand. "Listen," said the CEO, "this is important, and my secretary has left. Can you make this thing work?" "Certainly," said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button. "Excellent, excellent!" said the CEO as his paper disappeared inside the machine. "I just need one copy." """ print str1 tts.Speak(str1) tts.Speak('Haah haa haah haa') print str2 = """ Finagle's fourth law: Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it only makes it worse. """ print str2 print print "The spoken text above has been written to a wave file (.wav)" tts.SpeakToWave('Finagle4.wav', str2) print "The wave file is loaded back and spoken ..." tts.SpeakFromWave('Finagle4.wav') print print "Substitute a hard to pronounce word like Ctrl key ..." #create an instance of the pronunciation corrector p = pyTTS.Pronounce() # replace words that are hard to pronounce with something that # is spelled out or misspelled, but at least sounds like it p.AddMisspelled('Ctrl', 'Control') str3 = p.Correct('Please press the Ctrl key!') tts.Speak(str3) print print "2 * 3 = 6" tts.Speak('2 * 3 = 6') print tts.Speak("sounds goofy, let's replace * with times") print "Substitute * with times" # ' * ' needs the spaces p.AddMisspelled(' * ', 'times') str4 = p.Correct('2 * 3 = 6') tts.Speak(str4) print print "Say that real fast a few times!" str5 = "The sinking steamer sunk!" tts.Rate = 3 for k in range(7): print str5 tts.Speak(str5) time.sleep(0.3) tts.Rate = 0 tts.Speak("Wow, not one mispronounced word!")
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