Many hard of hearing people rely on lip-reading during conversations, which makes it diffucult for them to communicate over the telephone.
SynFace is a technology allows an animated talking face to be controlled by the incoming telephone speech signal in real time. The talking face facilitates speech understanding by providing lip-reading support. This method works with any telephone and is cost-effective compared to video telephony and text telephony that need compatible equipment at both ends. The SynFace technology has many other potential areas of application, for example in the areas of education, entertainment and public information systems.
Development of the SynFace technology was funded by EU IST program (project number IST-2001-33327) between 2001 and 2004. During this time a multilingual, real-time prototype of the SynFace talking head telepone was developed and evaluated this hearing impaired users in Sweden, Holland and England with positve results. A summary report of the project is available.
The SynFace technology is presently being developed and employed in several contexts:
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KTH - Kungliga Tekniska
Dept. Speech, Music and Hearing
Tel. (46-8) 790 7563
Fax (46-8) 790 7854
SE-100 44 Stockholm
Project start 1 October 2001, project duration 3 years
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