AssistiveWare Adds Swedish to Its Children's TTS Voices

AssistiveWare and Acapela Group today introduced Swedish text-to-speech children's voices.

Available through the Infovox iVox Voice Manager, both voices, named Filip and Freja, can read any text on Mac using the built-in speech functions of OS X. Combined with AssistiveWare's word processor Wrise, the voices can support Swedish children in reading and writing. The children's voices are also available in AssistiveWare's Pictello, a visual storytelling app that's often used in the classroom for social stories and schedules to support children with autism.

"Children should have access to a text-to-speech voice that matches their age and gender," David Niemeijer, founder and CEO of AssistiveWare, said in a statement. "The importance of genuine children's voices is demonstrated by the fact that since we released the first children's voices in 2012 they have already been downloaded 160,000 times."

The Swedish children's voices are co-created with Acapela Group and Tobii Dynavox. Flip and Freja are the seventh text-to-speech siblings that AssistiveWare co-created with Acapela Group.

Now, children's voices are available in U.S., U.K., and Australian English; German; bilingual American/Spanish; and Swedish.

"AssistiveWare has been our partner since the inception of the children voices. Together we have contributed to change the daily lives of children and their families that are using Acapela voices with AssistiveWare's award-winning solutions. Fourteen children's voices in different languages are already available, and we look forward to keep continuing offering voices for kids all over the world," said Lars-Erik Larsson, CEO of Acapela Group, in a statement.

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