Using Best-Of-Vox SAPI voices with Linux x64

What device ?

Only x86 Linux since we’ll be using Wine to run a SAPI server.

Under which conditions ?

On Debian Linux Jessie

What to expect ?

An excellent quality Text to Speech (later on TTS) for any textual input, in French (English would do too, but it’s more frequent) without Internet connection, using Best-Of-Vox voices.

What were the pitfalls ?

Wine & XvFB will have to run (but it takes almost no memory nor resident CPU).

Best-of-Vox voices are 39$ in SAPI version, while only 3$ in Android version. Why ?

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Hacking the SABRENT low cost AirPlay/AirTunes dongle for speakers

What device ?

SABRENT WIFI Audio Receiver (WF-RADU) is a small, low cost (< 20$) WIFI AirPlay / AirTunes receiver used to transform any audio system with a 3.5″ line-in in a AirPlay compatible device.

Under which conditions ?

No hardware modification to the device.

What to expect ?

More control on the (chinese) device. Login in a remote shell, and be able to change parameters to the device, use it as a very limited but always-on server.

What were the pitfalls ?

The CPU used is very low end (MIPS 24K V4.12, with 240 Bogomips ;-). Very low onboard DDR (32MB).

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Hacking the Huawei E587 for custom applications

What device ?

Huawei E587 is a 3G modem with battery appearing as an access point. It enumerates on the USB bus as VID: 12D1, PID: 14FE

The device runs Android (a very minimalist Android system).

Under which conditions ?

No hardware modification to the device.

What to expect ?

I’d like to run any Android based application on this device.

What were the pitfalls ?

The CPU used is very low end (iMX28 from Freescale), Huawei put very low onboard DDR (32MB), the android system is very streamed down, the filesystem contains numerous useless scripts and tools, but lacks required tools.

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Excellent quality Text-To-Speech with Linux (French / Français)

What device ?

Any Linux supported device that is able to run Android – x86, ARM, MIPS

Under which conditions ?

On Debian Linux Wheezy (or Android, ARM preferred)

What to expect ?

An excellent quality Text to Speech (later on TTS) for any textual input, in French (English would do too, but it’s more frequent) without Internet connection.

What were the pitfalls ?

Usual solution have a very poor quality whenever they work.

 

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