Serious Factory Uses Acapela TTS in Its Virtual Training Suite

Serious Factory has integrated Acapela Group's speech synthesis into its Virtual Training Suite, an immersive simulator of behavioral training that completes traditional training courses and extends the learning process through a new technology called serious gaming.

Virtual Training Suite is using Acapela's cloud solution, which allows the online, real-time generation of voice files. The serious game editor has a choice of many languages and can customize the scenario. The wide range of voices enables the game editor to create many different contexts and convey information and a wide range of emotions.

With both a 3D real time graphic environment and contextual vocal information, the learner evolves in a virtual environment very similar to his own professional daily routine. The trainee benefits from improved interaction thanks to personalization, immediate audio feedback via speech synthesis, and a conversational engine that makes the avatars smarter.

"Acapela technology, embedded into our software, Virtual Training Suite, contributes to our agile production process. We can produce in a very short time multilingual versions of our training programs, answering to very tight calendar constraints. The wide range of voices provided by Acapela, combined with the full palette of available emotions, enables us to offer our customers very realistic dialogs for a very engaging immersion. The technology is essential for our users who have great flexibility in the writing and modification of their scenarios," said Pierre Susset, director of production at Serious Factory, in a statement.

"Serious gaming is a very interesting domain, providing the end user with a fully vocal interaction. It combines e-learning, where we are already very active and present, and gaming, in which our voices are increasingly integrated. We are also involved in research projects such as Emospeech, which aims to enhance the expressiveness of voices, specifically in the context of serious games," said Lars-Erik Larsson, CEO of Acapela Group, in a statement. "Being selected by players such as Serious Factory to give a voice to their virtual simulator is for us a very positive sign that our solutions, as well as the expressive qualities of our voices, are fully answering the requirements of this expanding market, which is always looking for innovative concepts and ways forward."

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