This week Amazon.com has acquired text-to-speech technology company Ivona Software. Ivona’s technology is already used on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets and by other businesses, application developers and individuals.
Dave Limp, Vice President for Amazon Kindle, said “IVONA’s exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of use. IVONA is already instrumental in helping us deliver excellent accessibility features on Kindle Fire, including Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch. The IVONA team shares our passion for innovation and customer obsession, and we look forward to building great products to deliver world-class voice solutions to customers around the world.”
Ivona, which is based in Poland, was originally formed in 2001 as IVO Software.