After losing his jaw and subsequently his voice to cancer, it seemed that Roger Ebert would never be able to speak again. Thanks to CereProc, the famed critic has regained his voice, and is no longer forced to communicate using only ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ gestures.
The Scottish company has been able to capture audio from Ebert’s DVD commentaries to create a system where he can type and listeners hear a voice that sounds like him. From Yahoo:
"Yes, ‘Roger Jr.’ needs to be smoother in tone and steadier in pacing, but the little rascal is good," Ebert wrote. "To hear him coming from my own computer made me ridiculously happy."
I’m happy for Roger Ebert because it must be completely frustrating to lose the ability to communicate, but this isn’t exactly new technology. In fact, the disembodied voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger has been asking Chinese take-out workers "Who is your daddy and what does he do," for the better part of the last fifteen years. (Yahoo)