Oddcast provides animated avatars on web pages that can speak and animate from text content.
I was recently send a link to a demo where you can pay with it, and hastily recorded the screencast below (she seemed slow to respond on my first try, so you see the results when I pressed “Talk” repeatedly). Also weird is Paul’s voice in Audrey’s avatar.[flv:http://cogdogblog.com/wp-content/movies/oddcast.flv 480 368]
The synch is off with compression I did on the screen capture and conversion, but it is much tighter if you play with the demo.
The post "Now That’s Text To Speech" was originally zapped with 10,000 volts and declared "It's ALIVE" by Dr. Frankenstein at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2007/02/oddcast/) on February 8, 2007.