Metadata is quickly becoming the indispensable factor in any successful technological adventure. This was evidenced yet again in Apple Insider’s latest article, “Apple looking to add character to text-to-speech voices.”

Using metadata from emails, texts and other types of communications, Apple has determined how a synthesized voice sounds in a text-to-speech system, and they have applied for a patent to prove their point.

Apple’s idea is different from the typical aid for visually impaired users, where the voice is generic. Their technology generates the most suitable speaker profile from the metadata it obtains from primary and secondary sources. Semantically speaking, they tailor it to the user to enhance the experience.

Melody K. Smith

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