Keepad: A novel concept in web research tools.Written by Saora Inc,
February 14th, 2005, Cupertino, CA - Saora Inc., an information management products and services company, today announced release of Keepad, a web research tool, designed on innovative Kee-Tools concept. Kee-Tools, which are based on Saora’s Keepoint technology, are user-definable web information gathering functions, such as search and customized save procedures, and are accessible with a single click from Keepad Tools Tray. The new product, along with recently released Keepoint 7 and Keepoint 7 Pro, is expected to meet web information management needs of all internet users, home as well as professional.
Keepad, which marks release of first derivative of Saora’s Keepoint Product line, is designed on innovative Kee-Tools concept. Kee-Tools are one touch, user definable functions, which facilitate commonly used web information gathering / organizing tasks, from navigating and searching to saving, categorizing and exporting, and are available from sleek Keepad Tools Tray or from right click menu option. Keepad enables users to save and manage e-news, e-bills and other online content and even carry or share their select web content on external memory devices. Keepad, similar to Keepoint it is based on, also automatically sorts and organizes information, eliminating concept of filing and folders. Keepad is expected to redefine web research tools, taking us beyond search engines and making web a truly useful resource that it was envisioned to be.
The Future of Voiceovers: Hold Your Tongue…Possibly ForeverWritten by Peter Drew
“Do we need to cast a voice-over talent for this project?”
That’s a valid question any producer might ask when creating an advertisement, corporate audio-video presentation, video game, etc. Of course, answer depends on what elements producer and client feel will best communicate with audience. For a radio ad, a fully sung jingle with no voice-over could work best. A TV spot or corporate narration might be most effective using scrolling graphic and text, again without an announcer. But very soon producers could be pondering whether their productions need a voice over talent for a more disturbing reason. Vocal utterances produced by air passing through folds of tissue and formed by lips, teeth, and tongue may, simply put, become obsolete. Yes, “virtual voice talent” may very well become a reality.
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In May 2004 issue of Mix Magazine, in two separate articles, Stephen St. Croix and Paul D. Lehrman relate their experiences with a new piece of software ominously named “Vocaloid.” This little computer-coded wonder is a speech synthesizer that’s being used to synthesize background vocals on actual recordings that are being sold to public—background vocals so good, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize they’re fake singers. Now, considering dubious singing talents of many of our current pop stars, maybe a Vocaloid virtual diva named Britney isn’t too far-fetched. Audio manipulation, including pitch correction, equalization, compression, reverb, have been used for decades to save bacon of many a pop star’s performance in-studio or on stage. Technically, it’s just a short step from this point to a “singer in a box.”
In fact, in letters section of July 2004 issue of Mix Magazine a person identified only as “BC,” referring to St. Croix and Lehrman articles, boasted that he’s created a “band” called The Bots… “created wholly from speech synthesizers and 3-D graphics.” BC further states, “I use Vocaloid among a variety of other speech synths to make it more into an ensemble. The Bots have released two CDs, a ‘record deal’ with Magnatune, and a second video in works. It’s been a long and painful ordeal, but I’ve finally gotten them to point where they seem as real as any other band out there—except no live concerts.”