Date Added: Oct 2009
Text-To-Speech (TTS) converters are the key components of various types of auditory displays. Such converters are extremely useful for visually impaired computer users who depend on synthesized speech read from the computer screen or directly from the web. This paper proposes an enhancement of a Java FreeTTS speech synthesizer by adding the function of spatial positioning of both the speaker and the listener. With the module, an arbitrary text from a file or the web can be read to the user through the headphones from a fixed or changing position in space.