VocaliD: Humanizing Custom Digital Voices
For our 2017 community service project, Inglemoor FBLA will be partnering with VocaliD.co to support their mission to humanize the voice inside any device that speaks. Millions of people around the world suffer from diseases like ALS, cerebral palsy, MS, or other neurodegenerative conditions that impair their speech, and those who live with voicelessness often have to use text-to-speech devices to communicate.
However, thousands of computer-generated speech devices given to these patients use very similar voices, regardless of the patient's age, gender, or characteristics of their original voice. Voice is an essential part of individual identity, and VocaliD believes that digital voices can evolve with the help of crowdsourced voice donations.
Over the course of March 8-10, Inglemoor FBLA students will attempt to donate over 100 hours of their voices to a worldwide voice bank of recordings, which will be used by VocaliD to create custom digital voices for patients suffering with voicelessness. MEMBERS: Check your emails for registration information and get ready to record either at home or after school in the library!
One of the nine official goals of FBLA is to "encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business and community." Service is also the first of three words on the official FBLA crest.
Inglemoor FBLA has committed to planning and completing at least one community service project every year that involves our entire chapter and serves the greater Seattle or Kenmore area.