Psyche Project

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Psyche is a project we started for SCALE in 2003. It was designed to demonstrate speech recognition and speech synthesis on the GNU/Linux platform. We had lines of people waiting to talk to Psyche at the show. Since it was such a big hit and we will continue as long as interest holds up.

In the tradition of *nix programming Psyche itself is basically just a glue that cobbles together some existing tools. The main components being Sphinx and Festival along with a few other tools to provide a system of speech recognition and speech synthesis on a Linux based PC. Most of the original code was written in Python by Steve Petrovits & Rick Wang. Since then we have made improvements including a new module that reads IRC chat logs aloud in real time as they arrive.

If you are fluent in Python or would like to become fluent this is a great project to join. You can find some project files here. You can download all the necessary files in a tarball at:

More to follow soon!

The following contribution by Steve with comments by Kurt regarding the status of the Psyche project:


While searching for unrelated Python resources I stumbled across this project that is very similar to our Psyche project. It is now named Turbolift, renamed from "ALICE." Like Psyche it uses Sphinx and Festival. I'll check it out more as time permits. If nothing else perhaps we can contact the developer and see if he has had similar problems with recent Sphinx2 useage. --Admin 22:31, 27 December 2006 (EST)


PSYCHE is unviable in its current state. The only possible way to remedy this solution would be to contact CMU and ask them whats up. Given the fact that no ones expressed any interest in pursing anything SCALE related whatsoever I doubt this will happen in the time left before the expo in February.


I'll try contacting someone at CMU this next week. Perhaps we should consider backup plans no matter the results of any attempt to get Sphinx2 working better. This has been a continuing problem. --Miasma 19:40, 24 November 2006 (EST)

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