Why can't you used the windows text to speech ?

it is local and free.



6 years 9 months ago

Good question dom14 and Welcome !

There is a couple reasons.  The biggest is probably time.  It would take some effort to get MyRobotLab (which is primarily a windows application) to use the Windows TTS SDK.
Since we have very limited time, we usually focus on systems which benefit the most number of users.  That was one of the reasons we chose Java as a programming language, because (most of the time) it works on many different operating systems.  

Another reason, is we usually focus on Open Source projects.  This gives us future ability to learn and possibly contribute to TTS.  (You know, the whole open source mantra) :)  - which Windows TTS SDK is not.