It’s an interesting idea, take a text article and have it read to you by the computer. Crucial would be the need for natural speech, not compu-speak, to retain interest. Well it’s been done and it’s surprisingly good.
Talkr, take an RSS text feed and process it into a mp3 file using computer generated voice. It’s smart enough to cope with non-proper words (like CAD acronyms) and alters the pronunciation depending on context and punctuation. Clever, Clever? and Clever! are pronounced differently. Numeric dates are converted to spoken words – 31/08/2005 becomes Thirty First, August, Two Thousand & Five
Free Talkr allows you to listen to a selection of “free” feeds (funded by the provider). The free account allows you to add up to three other feeds. Certainly enough to see if you like the idea. Subscription is available if you want more feeds in your list.
Add the feed for this blog (below or the Talkr Icon in the feeds side-bar section) and try it.
Talkr, not quite a podcast but definitely worth a listen.
I found Talkr via NevOn