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iOS 5: Text-to-Speech and Vise Versa !
Simply, we can use the new text-to-speech and speech-to-text converters which means of sending prerecorded notifications to the caller if you’re unable to speak when answering your phone.
The new application deepens on your environment, of course your environment doesn’t out of two cases and two problems:
The 2 cases are:
- Either your environment is too loud for effective speech communication through a phone call or voicemail
- Or your environment is too quiet to allow a phone call.
The 2 problems are:
- You may sometimes have to make or answer a phone call in a noisy environment. Noise could interfere with a phone conversation to a degree that the conversation is no longer intelligible to either conversing party. In the noisy environment you may try to scream into the phone over the noise, but the screaming and the noise may render the voice signal unintelligible at the other end. For example, you may be talking on the phone in a busy restaurant. You may not be able to shout loud enough into the phone to cover the noise in the restaurant. You may not even be able to hear when the other end is talking. The noise may render the conversation unintelligible and may lead to a termination of the telephone conversation.
- In another scenario, it may be inconvenient for you to talk on a phone. For example, you may be in a meeting and don’t want to draw attention to themselves by speaking into the phone. You may try to whisper into the phone, but the whispering may render the conversation unintelligible. You may choose to send a text message to the other party, but the other party may be on a landline where texting is unavailable, or may not have a texting plan. It could be frustrating to conduct a telephone conversation when the environment is noisy or the circumstance is inappropriate for a user to speak.
What is Apple Solution? Converting Speech to Text & Prerecorded Notifications.
One embodiment of the invention is directed to an iPhone which establishes an audio connection with a far-end user via a communication network. The communication device receives text input from a near-end user, and converts the text input into speech signals. The speech signals are transmitted to the far-end user using the established audio connection while muting audio input to its audio receiving component.
In one embodiment, the communication device detects the noise level at the near end. When the noise level is above a threshold, the communication device could automatically activate or prompt the near-end user to activate text-to-speech conversion at any point of a communication such as a phone call. Alternatively, the communication device may playback a pre-recorded message to inform the far-end user of the near-end user’s inability to speak due to the excessive noise at the near end.
In another embodiment, the near-end user can activate text-to-speech conversion whenever necessary regardless of the detected noise level. The near-end user could enter a text message, which is converted into speech signals for transmission via the established audio connection to the far-end user.
In yet another embodiment, the communication device could also perform speech-to-text conversion to convert the far-end user’s speech into text for display on the communication device. This feature could be used when the far-end communication device cannot, or is not enabled to, send or receive text messages. The speech-to-text conversion and the text-to-speech conversion could be activated at the same time, or could be activated independent of each other. The far-end communication device communicates with the near-end communication device in audio signals, regardless of whether the speech-to-text conversion or the text-to-speech conversion is activated.
The Proposed Communications System
Apple’s patent FIG. 1 is a diagram illustrating a communication environment in which a near-end communication device (e.g., a near-end phone 100) is engaged in, or about to be engaged in, a communication (e.g., phone call) with a far-end communication device (e.g., a far-end phone 98) via a communication network (e.g., wireless network 120). The term “communication device” broadly refers to various real-time communication devices, e.g., landline telephone system (POTS) end stations, voice-over-IP end stations, cellular handsets, smart phones, computing devices, etc.