Re: Type N Speak Info Needed

Mike B

Hi David,
Thank you very much for this information, it'll help a lot.  This lady has never used any kind of synthesized voice, other than the talking clock I gave her, so I don't know how I'm going to show her how synthesized voices sound.  Oh wait, I can take her my wife's laptop and let her listen to Jaws!  Thanks again.

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.

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Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 4:50 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Type N Speak Info Needed


The Type 'n Speak was produced by Blazie Engineering in the 1990s. I used to work for Blazie Engineering and I am, therefore, very familiar with this product and so I'll try to answer all of your questions to the best of my ability.

The TNS does have its own speaker, as well as a standard 3.5 headphone jack. I can't remember the name of the actual speech chip but voice parameters can be altered, such as pitch, rate, volume and tone. Its voice is rather robotic compared to today's speech synthesizers, even Eloquence, and this could be the one challenge this woman might have although we were all used to it back in the day.

You can find a manual for it at the above link.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 2/26/2020 6:51 PM, Mike B wrote:
Hi All,
I don't know much of anything about the Type N Speaks, other than you can save notes, documents address books...
I'm looking into purchasing 1 for an elderly lady that could use something like this for her personal files and such.  Can anyone answer the following questions please?
Does the Type N Speak have its own speakers, or will speakers need to be provided as well?  And do the speakers use a, 3.5 MM, plug / port if necessary?
What speech synthesizer does it use?  Also, Can the synthesizer settings be tweaked much like JAWS & NVDA?
All input will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks much.

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.

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