[Olpc-open] Olpc-open Digest, Vol 18, Issue 3

Seth Woodworth seth at isforinsects.com
Mon Dec 3 19:25:24 EST 2007

Re Audiobooks: Synchronization of audiobooks with ebooks would be highly
desired.  There are archives and archives of human read audiobooks provided
by Librivox.org that are currently being transcoded into the Highly
Compressed speex format. With Voice optimized speex it is possible to encode
an hour of audiobook in about 2-4 mb.

At this point it would probably be easier to implement some sort of
highlighting program and tagging in the speex file.  As the audiobook hits
specific time frames it highlights the sentence that is being read.  Word by
word tagging could be used for really early literacy materials.

I've been meaning to write up a draft and use-case for this program.  But
I've been working on packaging up the audiobooks still.  I'll go draft
something up on the wiki tonight.


On Dec 3, 2007 12:51 AM, Charbax <charbax at charbax.com> wrote:

> Yeah, or how about synchronizing of an audiobook with an ebook, where the
> synchronisation was done with speech recognition on a server which outputs a
> synchronisation file with the audiobook file so that it can provide this
> karaoke style boldening of the text or the line of text that is being read
> on the audiobook.. Even though 9-10 hour audiobooks are over 100mb at a
> decent quality encoding, there is enough space on the XO for one or two of
> them at a time, and they could be downloaded to the school server overnight
> or cheaply through a satellite download connection.. Then also have a 400mb
> or so video version of the story with subtitles..
> On Dec 3, 2007 2:34 AM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I assume
> > that the computer will read to children and parents alike when
> > multilingual text-to-speech software is included. Karaoke-style
> > coloring of the text is also important to show what letter or syllable
> > is being pronounced. We know that children will learn to read if they
> > hear and see stories at the same time. Some unknown fraction of the
> > parents will also learn to read under those conditions, just is
> > illiterate Indians learn to read while singing along with captioned
> > Bollywood movies.
> >
> --
> Charbax,
> Nicolas Charbonnier
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