Continuing along the disembodied talking heads theme this week, my sister forwarded me this talking head demo from OddCast, a company that apparently specializes in online talking characters for marketing and sales purposes. You can enter in a phrase, and the head will say it surprisingly naturally after a few seconds. The browser interface is Flash; I’m guessing that the text is vocalized on a server, and the Flash front end loads the audio file dynamically when it’s done.
UPDATE: The demo link has been taken down or moved. Sorry!