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Speech Synthesis Controlled by Eye Gazing

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A method of communication based on eye gaze controlling is presented. Investigations of using gaze tracking have been carried out in various context applications. The solution proposed in the paper could be referred to as "talking by eyes" providing an innovative approach in the domain of speech synthesis. The application proposed is dedicated to disabled people, especially to persons in a so-called locked-in syndrome who cannot talk and move any part of their body. The paper describes a methodology of determining the fixation point on a computer screen. Then it presents an algorithm of concatenative speech synthesis used in the solution engineered. An analysis of working with the system is provided. Conclusions focusing on system characteristics are included.

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