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    Technology Gives Boost to Those Who Can’t Speak

    They’re searching for their own voices. Those who’ve lost their ability to speak to illness or other debilitating conditions have long been reliant on technology — from the robotic “Stephen Hawking voice” to more modern humanized voices — that fails to reflect users’ identities. Now speech pathologist Rupal Patel and her VocaliD project are trying to provide more natural-sounding solutions. By using a variety of donor voices or, when possible, a patient’s archived original voice, Patel hopes those lacking vocal abilities can set the tone for the way they express themselves.

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