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Amazon Polly introduces a new French female voice, Léa

Amazon Polly now offers a choice of a second female French voice, Léa, in addition to the current female voice, Céline. Amazon Polly also has a French male voice, Mathieu. Léa is a warm and natural-sounding voice with Parisian accent. Listen to the spoken introduction from Léa. Listen now Voiced by Amazon Polly With the addition […]

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Building your personal translator with Amazon Translate and Amazon Polly

The most common challenge we can face when traveling abroad is the language barrier. Whether lost or not, we’ll have to say at least one of these: “Where is the best place to eat and drink?”, “Where is this hotel?”, and “Where is the bathroom?” Now imagine a more difficult scenario: We’re traveling to Spain […]

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New Developer Preview: Use Amazon Polly voices in Alexa skills

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Using Amazon Polly you can create applications that talk and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Starting today, you can apply to participate in a developer preview that allows you to use eight English (U.S.) Amazon Polly voices to narrate your Alexa skills.

If your skill uses only a single voice today, you can try changing the voice or adding different voices in the right places to provide an even more engaging experience. Developers in the preview can select a different voice for any utterance by constructing output speech using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the voice tag for free in Alexa skills. Note that SSML tags that are only available through the Amazon Polly service and not through Alexa skills will not be available when you use this new capability.

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Build smart chat apps with Amazon machine learning APIs and the PubNub ChatEngine

The demand for chat apps is growing wildly. From social apps to business collaboration, in-game chat to customer support, every app needs chat. Chat apps like Telegram are making mainstream news and generating widespread interest.

Historically, building a scalable, feature-rich chat app was surprisingly difficult. Not anymore. PubNub ChatEngine has integrated Amazon machine learning APIs, which makes building intelligent, scalable chat apps super easy for mobile and web.

In this blog post, you’ll learn how to spin up the PubNub ChatEngine and add Amazon Translate and Amazon Polly for cross-lingual, speech-enabled chat apps that you can embed anywhere.

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Create accessible training with Initiafy and Amazon Polly

We’ve become so accustomed to the existence of skyscrapers, road networks, oil rigs, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, wind turbines, suspension bridges, and all the other incredible feats of human engineering populating our world, that some might overlook the remarkable effort that goes into their construction. These projects are not built by robots. A huge amount of human effort is required to bring them into existence, in addition to the technology used to design, streamline, and improve processes.

Initiafy makes the workforce element of projects more productive and efficient. Heavy industry projects rely on contractors, with related management challenges of handling documents, health and safety, and quality control. Initiafy provides contractor management on an online platform, giving workers training in a flexible way and ensuring standards are high across a contingent workforce. Initiafy operates in a number of countries, with workers coming from a number of nationalities so it is vital that training is accessible for all workers.

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Amazon Polly powers Nexmo’s next-gen text-to-speech use cases

As a cloud communications provider that allows businesses to integrate communications capabilities into their applications, Nexmo, the Vonage API Platform, needed a text-to-speech (TTS) solution to help deliver the many synthesized speech use cases we enable for our customers. The solution that we chose had to meet our technological requirements and product philosophy to power Nexmo’s global TTS offerings.

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Amazon Polly plugin for WordPress now preinstalled on Bitnami AMIs

On February 8, we released the Amazon Polly plugin for WordPress, which enables you to easily voice content and publish podcasts directly from your website. By leveraging audio, you can provide your readers with an alternative way to consume your content and meet the needs of a larger audience. Today, we’re excited to announce that […]

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Create softer speech with the new Amazon Polly phonation tag

Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) is a standardized markup language that enables developers to modify Text-to-Speech (TTS) audio. With SSML, you can control various vocal characteristics of TTS output, such as pronunciation, speech rate, and other elements, to produce a more natural-sounding voice experience. Today, we are excited to announce a new phonation SSML tag […]

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Amazon Polly Gives WordPress a Voice!

Voiced by Amazon Polly Today AWS in partnership with WP Engine is announcing the release of an Amazon Polly plugin for WordPress. The sample plugin enables WordPress creators to easily add Text-to-Speech capabilities to written content. As voice interaction becomes more common, it’s essential to provide your website’s content in audio formats. And, visitors who […]

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Assisting People at Haptik Using Amazon Polly

Haptik is India’s first personal-assistant app. Users can use the app to plan travel, check in for flights, book taxis, and set reminders. And of all the different features, the most important and frequently used is the Reminders feature. People use Haptik to set wake-up calls, set up reminders to drink water, call people at different times, send greetings to others for different occasions, and much more. Through the reminders feature, users will receive notifications on the app along with a phone call at a requested time, relating the reminder message. In this post, we will cover how we use machine learning and text-to-speech (TTS) to set reminders for users – to call them at the given time to remind them of their tasks. We will cover how Amazon Polly helped us make personalized calls to our users and helped us scale our reminders feature to millions of users.

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