SOOTHER is the first AI ASMR voice companion. Like all good ASMRtists, SOOTHER can play many roles. In its prototype, SOOTHER can play a dog who is your therapist, an alien sitting on your head, or your best friend who has become unstuck in time. SOOTHER can tell you about itself, and it can tell you about ASMR. It can even recommend ASMR videos from YouTube.
SOOTHER’s prototype comprises an Android app with speech-to-text functionality provided by Google; a chatbot API that uses intent parsers developed by Mycroft AI; and a training algorithm / text-to-speech server created by Keith Ito, an implementation of Google’s Tacotron paper, which describes an end-to-end system for speech synthesis. The app and chatbot API are heavily indebted to Macsen, an open-source Welsh language voice assistant. See docs for more info.
Prototype Demo - AI
Here is a demo of SOOTHER’s prototype app with SOOTHER’s synthesized whisper. As you’ll see, pronuncication and pacing is… imperfect :)
n.b. when the user taps the microphone button to speak or stop speaking, the app plays a “shhhh” sound to signal the button press. This isn’t automatically obvious in the video, hence this note. It is, quite frankly, kind of annoying.
Prototype Demo - Human
Here is a demo of SOOTHER’s prototype app using pre-recorded human voice samples:
SOOTHER synthesized whispers
Training Round One
Training Round Two
SOOTHER’s prototype has the following functionality:
- Role play three personas that guide the user through different narrative role-plays:
- Dog therapist
- Meditating alien
- Time-slipping friend
Tell the user factual information about ASMR
Recommend YouTube ASMR videos to the user
Tell the user about itself (SOOTHER) and about its creator (Claire)
Here are some screenshots from the prototype app: