Patents by Inventor Richard P. Jacks

Richard P. Jacks has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4692941
    Abstract: A high-quality, real-time text-to-speech synthesizer system handles an unlimited vocabulary with a minimum of hardware by using a microcomputer-software-compatible time domain methodology which requires a minimum of memory and computational power. The system first compares test words to an exception dictionary. If the word is not found therein, the system applies standard pronunciation rules to the text word. In either instance, the text word is converted to a phoneme sequence. By the use of look-up tables addressed by pointers contained in a phoneme-and-transition matrix, the synthesizer translates the sequence of phonemes and transitions therebetween into sequences of small speech segments capable of being expressed in terms of repetitions of variable-length portions of short digitally stored waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: First Byte
    Inventors: Richard P. Jacks, Richard P. Sprague