Google Acquires Phonetic Arts

Google acquires Speech Technology Firm, Phonetic Arts (based in Cambridge England), for an undisclosed sum. Google bought Phonetic Arts with a vision to create Star Trek era, where people don’t spend time typing things on keyboards, instead they just speak to their computers, and the computers speak back.

Mike Cohen, speech technology manager said, “We are excited about their technology, and while we don’t have plans to share yet, we’re confident that together we’ll move a little faster towards that Star Trek future.”

Phonetic Arts technology was founded in 2006, and is most frequently used in the video games. Its patented tools help developers create synthetic voices that will read words in a “natural, expressive way,”. The firm will be building Google’s voice output capacity, Cohen added.

Google has already integrated voice input in Voice Search, Voice Input and Voice Actions, which allows users to perform searches, compose emails and play songs by talking to their devices.

Google products is working on improving voice output, or when a computer talks back to its owner. For example, Google employs voice output in Google Translate,which lets the program recite translated words back to user.