Google acquire Phonetic Arts

Google has acquired Bristish speech synthesis company Phonetic Arts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Mike Cohen, Manager, Speech Technology at Google, said, “There’s a particular focus right now in the U.K. on technology and innovation, and we’re delighted to be deepening our investment in the country with this acquisition. We already have a strong engineering center in London and look forward to welcoming Phonetic Arts to the team. We are excited about their technology, and while we don’t have plans to share yet, we’re confident that together we’ll move a little faster towards that Star Trek future.”

Phoentic Arts was founded Paul Taylor (CEO), Anthony Tomlinson (Vice President, Voice Production) and Ian Hodson (Vice President, Engineering) in 2006. All three were avid gamers and all three believed that games could only get better by the inclusion of dynamic speech. The 14 staff are all based in Cambridge.In 2000, Taylor co-founded Rhetorical Systems and sold to, speech recognition giant Nuance, in 2004.

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