Text to Speech chips seem to be dying out. I would think that by now, someone would have a $10 single-chip solution: serial text in, amplified speaker out. Surely the technology exists to do that. But there's no news, no progress. In fact, we're moving backwards; it's hard to find parts anymore. Votrax is dead. Speakjet development boards are backordered most places.
Looks like canned digitized sound is taking over, but I suspect there would be some strong interest in a standalone text-to-speech chip had someone gone down that road.
Anybody know of anything?
"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."
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