January 29th, 2009 | Comments Off | Posted in Cool Sites
BlindSpeak is a service which allows you to send digitally synthesized messages to friends. You can easily do that by typing in your message and let BlindSpeak do the rest. Your message will be synthesized and converted to a very robotic sounding audio message.
A user is limited to sending up to five messages per day to prevent abuse of the service. The IP address of the sender is recorded and therefore can be banned to protect others from receiving threats and other synthesized verbal abuse. However, you can download your created message by sending it to yourself. You will receive the message in the form of an attached MP3 file or a weblink. Each message created through the BlindSpeak service has a retention rate of 30 Days, after which, the message will expire and will be inaccessible.
BlindSpeak is quite similar to iSpeech. The only difference is that BkindSpeak does not require you to sign up. On the other hand, iSpeech allows you to embed the converted message to websites which makes it more accessible to others.
There are several software/applications that you can use to convert text to audio and iSpeech is one of them. With iSpeech, you can convert text based content and listen to the audio version of that content, download the audio content or podcast it all for free without requiring you to download or install anything.
In order to convert text to audio, all you need to do is copy the text you want to convert and paste it on iSpeech. It will create an audible version of that content which will be played back to you. An embed code for the player will be given to you to paste on you blogs/sites. This is all done in just a few seconds. The service also allows you to upload an entire document file and convert it to audio. The engine will extract the text from your document and transform it to an audible file.
iSpeech is a very interesting service. It will allow content publishers to reach out in a different form. Text and audio can be available side by side. It will give users more options on how they will take in the content. Even though that the audio version that it produces sounds like the Terminator, it’s still fun to hear your written content spoken out loud by the iSpeech robot.
Note: I did not place a sample here because of the auto-play.
Convertico.com is a simple online tool where you can easily convert PNG files to ICO files and vice versa. This is a great tool if you want to change PNG files or logos found in the web and wants to turn it to a desktop icon. The produced ICO file is also compatible with Windows Vista.
The service is very fast and easy to use. Simply choose a PNG (ICO) file from your computer hard drive or enter the URL for the PNG (ICO) image, then click ‘Convert. ‘ Actually that is all there is to it. Convertico will do its job and you will be given your converted file for you to download.
The service is free and no registration is needed in order to start converting. Just head over to he site and you can start converting your PNG images and icon files.
March 14th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Cool Sites
Here is another conversion tool that will convert HTM to PDF file easily and quickly (HTM2PDF). Just type in the URL of the website you want to convert to PDF then you can download the PDF file. It’s just as easy as that. This free service is a much simpler from of PDF online which converts any document to PDF (including html) and Media Convert which converts almost all media. This particular tool focuses only on converting HTM to PDF. The only thing that I noticed with this particular tool is that when it converts blogs to PDF, it is as if it took a screenshot of your blog and saved it to PDF. Not like the above mentioned PDF online which will display the posts first then the sidebar will be seen at the bottom of the PDF file. You can also choose to include flash movies to your PDF file and Make links active in the document.
You can also take a peek on what website others have recently converted using HTM2PDF. They have a gallery of converted websites if you want to check them out first before trying the service. It looks great and almost a loseless conversion if you’re counting ads. It does not convert java scripts so expect to not get most ads converted to PDF.
Media Convert is an online application that converts media formats from audio files, video, presentation, documents, spreadsheets, images and even archives. You do not need to install and find a software or application (most are equipped with spyware and adware if you get them for free) for your system just to convert as specific type of media. Eee PC users might find this site very useful because of the limited storage capacity of the notebook.
The service is one hundred percent free, but comes with a file size limit of 150 MB. I know that it is not enough to convert your HD movie into avi but it does the trick for smaller video files and more importantly mp3′s to aac or wma. They even convert ring tones for cell phones.
MediaConvert can also be a handy tool for inter platform users of document editors. It will easily make your Open Office documents be readable by Microsoft Office. This is great if you are attaching documents through email to people who are not using your application. The service also have the ability to convert PDF to SWF Flash file for easy insertion to websites, export Microsoft Access to Excel Table, capture a website as an image and my personal favorite, convert text into morse code.
Make3D is a web service that turns your single picture into a three-dimensional “fly around” model. This will give you a new way of looking at your photos. It will allow you to access a scene’s depth and a range of points of view. Check out the video below.
The service is free and you can upload a photo from your hard drive or Flickr account. All you have to do in order to upload a photo is to sign up for an account. After uploading your image/photo you can view, or in their words “fly” in the 3-D scene. To do this, you must use a VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) viewer or Adobe Shockwave. A rendered 3-D flash movie is also made available for you to watch if you do not have or don’t want to go to the trouble of downloading and installing the above mentioned software. You can also view your created 3-D model in high resolution movie in 3DS format (this feature is still unavailable at the moment). The fun doesn’t end in viewing your photos in 3-D. Make3D provides a code so you can embed the 3-D model in your websites and social networking pages.I have to warn you though that once you have uploaded your image, it takes some time for the program to create the 3-D model. The project is still in research stage and they are only using one computer for this which is most of the time is overloaded. But, as soon as your image is queued, you will be able to watch and download your 3-D model.
How it works:
Our software uses a breakthrough technology in machine learning. It estimates depths from the single image by using our monocular vision algorithm, developed in 2005. It captures a variety of monocular cues and learns the relations between different parts of the image using a machine learning technique called Markov Random Field (MRF). Our algorithm first divides the image into small patches and analyzes them at multiple scales to estimate each of the patches’ 3-d location and 3-d orientation.
We have applied variations of this algorithm for driving cars autonomously, for robotic manipulation, for making 3-d models of large environments, and for creating visually-pleasing 3-d throughs from an image.
For hard-core programmers, you can download the codes for the program that they are using here.