It started off with a brief email, which read: "What are the prospects of TTS in India? Which are the leading companies?"
At first, I didn't quite understand what this was all about. Prof M. A. Pai <firstname.lastname@example.org> then shot-back another email, and pointed to www.prologixsoft.com [Quote: "Voice is amongst the most powerful and evident manifestations of human behavior."]
One such product, he says, was released in the Free Software CD launched by Sonia Gandhi. Says Pai: "As I see it is needed for applications like teaching Hindi, e-governance, for deaf/blind people etc."
Prof Pai says it would be nice if this issue could be mentioned on BytesForAll. It was developed jointly with IITK which is where he taught from 1963-81. Incidentally, Prof Pai ran the interesting www.indusscitech.net website (it's an science and technology portal for India which, he hinted, he might be compelled to give up) and is professor emeritus at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Univ of Illinois (Urbana, IIL)
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