Google announced that they've acquired "Phonetic Arts," a speech synthesis company based in Cambridge, England.
Phonetic Arts' team of researchers and engineers work at the cutting edge of speech synthesis, delivering technology that generates natural computer speech from small samples of recorded voice.
"There's a particular focus right now in the U.K. on technology and innovation, and we're delighted to be deepening our investment in the country with this acquisition. We already have a strong engineering center in London and look forward to welcoming Phonetic Arts to the team. We are excited about their technology, and while we don't have plans to share yet, we're confident that together we'll move a little faster towards that Star Trek future," stated Google.