Speech Graphics Ltd

Gregor Hofer and Michael Berger of Speech Graphics

Speech Graphics, a start-up company formed by two entrepreneurs working within the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, is uniquely positioned to become the leading lip-sync service and software provider for the global video game industry.

Michael Berger, a linguist and computer scientist working in the field of speech animation, and Dr Gregor Hofer have developed a scalable technology that tackles the fastest growing challenge for the video game industry today - providing unprecedented lip synchronisation quality for audio-driven animation.

Modern games can include thousands of hours of recorded speech, all of which requires production of synchronised facial animation. The Speech Graphics solution analyses an input audio signal and automatically moves an animated character's face in synchrony with the audio.  This innovation will cut the cost of video game development.

Michael and Gregor worked with LAUNCH.ed intensively for nearly a year. LAUNCH.ed helped them establish this successful company and achieve a SMART:SCOTLAND Innovation Grant to finance a full commercial feasibility study.

In 2011, Speech Graphics received further recognition for its achievements with a John Logie Baird Award for Innovation.

Further information

Company website: http://www.speech-graphics.com

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