Introducing ‘Google akka’ to special kids

I urged them to ask Google Akka to “play Kannada Pustaka Podcast” and after a couple of tries, when Shera finally got the command right, it took a few seconds for the chapter to start playing! All the kids suddenly huddled around the Google Home and priceless was the moment for me personally to have witnessed that joy and satisfaction in them when this actually happened! 

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10th First language Kannada: What has changed?

It was in 2017 February we decided to use Podcast as a channel to deliver audio books and it has been a year! And when we did, 10th standard first language Kannada textbook was the first one to be uploaded. Here is a report written by Jyothi Jayakumar and Lavanya Hebbalmath that i have edited summarising the changes that our volunteers meticulously documented while proofreading the textbook. This was a proper academic comparison and probably first of its kind and hence we have structured it in the form of a short review paper. In this publication of podcast, we have included audio file size in the podcast description. This will help listeners. The chapter / episode URLs are now intuitive mapping on to chapter numbers.

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Jyothi Jayakumar
Kannada Unicode technologies

We use technology solutions developed at MILE Lab, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru to create editable Unicode text using the Kannada OCR (optical character recognition) technology. A set of technology solutions for Kannada including optical character recognition, Kannada Unicode text to Braille, Kannada speech synthesis has been developed by the team lead by Prof AG Ramakrishnan.

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How it started?

It all started at Indian Institute of Science, Prakruthi cafe. Early 2015, A bunch of researchers happened to talk about the technology just 100m away from where they were sitting and organically this lead to a series of meetings, training, and sharing. Teachers from Sharadadevi School, Shivamogga became the first test bed to test and apply the technology. Despite months of sharing the OCR and TTS software with the school, there was no content creation and they could not use it! 

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The team works round the clock!

ವನಿತಾರವರು ನಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರೂಫ್ರೀಡಿಂಗ್ ಪ್ರಾರಾರಂಭದ ದಿನಗಳಿಂದಲೂ ತೊಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡ ಸಕ್ರಿಯ ಸ್ವಯಂಸೇವಕರು. ಉಪಕ್ರಮದ ಆರಂಭಿಕ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ವಾಟ್ಸಪ್ಪ್ ಗುಂಪಿಗೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿದ ಧ್ವನಿ ಸಂದೇಶದ ಪ್ರತಿಲಿಪಿ

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the beginning

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come”, they say. But the beginnings of big ideas probably do not involve passionate discussions or intellectual arguments. They often pop up from nowhere in the middle of normal day to day coffee conversations. I believe Kannada Pustaka was no different! If I remember right, last year, one fine day at the Indian institute of Science , Rakesh and I were chatting over coffee about nothing in particular.

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