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Digital voices are essential to turn social or companion Robots conversational. AvatarMind was looking for voices that smartly adapt to contexts for a personalized seamless experience to everyone. Acapela voices will enhance the strong human interaction capabilities of iPal by adding high quality and pleasant voices.
To start with, Acapela will provide the iPal Robot with 12 English authentic voices that will offer a wide range of voice persona to iPal Robot’s users including Acapela’s unique genuine children voices, made by and for children.
“It is very important for iPal to have a pleasant and inviting voice, and to be able to provide a range of voices so that customers can customize their iPal. For children, they will have a friendly companion with a voice and content that matches their age group. For other applications such as elder care and retail/hospitality, our relationship with Acapela will enable iPal to have a voice and interaction optimized for the specific application. In fact, customers will be able to interactively select among the 12 voices to customize their iPal, and even change their selection when they want to try something different. Acapela is the perfect partner to achieve that.” comments John Ostrem, CEO at AvatarMind.
AvatarMind was founded in 2014 with a vision to create highly capable, humanoid robots that are affordable for ordinary families, not just institutions. The company was founded by a group of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, PhDs from top universities and robot experts from robotic companies. AvatarMind’s experienced research team has deep experience in artificial intelligence, motion control, sensors and power management technologies.