- Chris McMillan
Microsoft : Text-to-speech technology is speeding production of audiobooks for people who are blind
2nd August 2021
Microsoft : Text-to-speech technology is speeding production of audiobooks for people who are blind or have low vision
Nowadays the library rolls out content via Microsoft Azure to 105 schools across China for students who are blind or have low vision. They can also access 1,000-plus titles on the library's own app and a mini-program on WeChat, China's popular social media platform.
Microsoft has been Hongdandan's partner for around 15 years. And the center produces its audiobooks in line with Microsoft's commitment to responsible AI, which safeguards against the misuse of the technology and prioritizes transparency, fairness, accountability, privacy and security.
'Microsoft has been in contact with us all the time,' says Zheng. 'Supporting all aspects of the Eyes of the Soul Library, including the AI voice service we are using now, which was unimaginable for us before. In front-line jobs, we knew the needs of blind people, but we didn't know how to use high-tech methods to solve their needs. In fact, technology is a particularly good method for the education of people who are blind or who have low vision. It brings us closer together.'