Yesterday I fired up Mycroft on my Linux system and immediately found a problem. It couldn’t talk!
After a lot of fiddling about I discovered it was something to do with the Google “Text to Voice” conversion. So I switched back to MIMIC. Now the “British Male” voice, well I don’t know where in Britain he is from but he sounds like he has just seen a Ghost, which is why I used the Google version.
So I thought lets give the American Male voice a go. It is much better by far but it does have a slight feature, worth a mention. As I get Mycroft to read data off my weather station I found the new voice has a problem with decimal points. For example, say it was to say “13.4 degrees”. Google did it fine. This chap doesn’t know what to make of a decimal point, so it delays instead. Therefore I get " Thirteen four degrees". Of course I heard 4 degrees and, yeah its not that cold here, yet. I am thinking to add code to my skill to lift the floating point numbers out and turn “13.4” into “thirteen point four”. However this could crop up in all sorts of ways so worth raising the issue.
On a side issue, the American voice will eventually require membership. I see a lot of potential in Mycroft and I am happy to contribute financially, however I am very reluctant to put my credit card details on the net. Are there any plans to add PayPal? I would certainly favor that if there are.