That's really cool! It reminds me of a program I came across years ago by another part 15 station for use with Zara, originally it required a separate Linux machine but he later updated it to work on the same Windows PC that ZaraRadio is on. His site also explains how to trigger other things like naming the song playing (also text to speech. I had toyed with it years ago but for some reason never followed through.. forgot all about it until just now.
"1680AM The Ocho!.. ..The Ocho relies on a sophisticated scheduling system based on Zara Radio, Windows scripts, and Unix scripts. Various playlists are rotated which call random tracks and bumpers, also scheduled events like the weather and news are queued up at specific times during the day..."
Some of the features include: * Generates spoken audio from text input sources and websites * Mixes in randomly chosen background music if desired * Outputs to either mp3 or wav formats (mp3 is prefered) * Gas prices from gasbuddy.com * Current weather from weather.com * AP News from public RSS feeds * News from Slashdot headlines * News from Russia Today's English RSS feed * USGS earthquake report * Movie listings via Google by zip-code (based on theaters near a given zip-code) * Current events for your locality, requires writing your own sub-modules for website calendars in your area
I had shot him an email and he sent me some detailed documentation along with about 20 screenshots of all the different windows and features - pretty impressive. He explained some details which you can read in the above link.. I never did actually try the executable, nor been in contact with him again.
Here's a copy of the brief correspondence I had had with him back then:
From: Grady Bradley Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:02 PM To: Richard Powers
Hi Rich, Thanks for your interest! Attached is a zip file containing an intro to ZRHelper. I've had second thoughts about starting a beta test program. So far, I haven't given anyone the EXE, just waiting for reactions to the stuff in the zip file. So, I am interested in what you have to say about the program, and if you think it would be of benefit in your own situation. Let me know! Grady Bradley
On 1/23/2018 6:07 AM, rich@ wrote: > Hello GradyBradley, > > RichPowers (http://www.part15.us/users/richpowers) has sent you a > message via > your contact form (http://www.part15.us/user/3128/contact) at Part15.us. > > If you don't want to receive such e-mails, you can change your > settings at > www.part15.us/user/3128/edit. > > Message: > > Hi Grady, While I'm generally content with Zara as it is, I'm definitely > intrigued about what you've done, and think that anything which expands > Zara's capabilities further must be a good thing, so I'm requesting a > copy of > the ZRHelpers screenshots and documents zip file to explore. > > Thanks, > > Rich > > firstname.lastname@example.org >
sparepart, I listened to the MP3 and thought it was great, but am curious of you did it manually with a text to speech program, or if the whole process was automated... By the way, didn't mean to highjack your post! Would like to hear more about how your forecast was created.
I took a look at the files and have downloaded them, for future reference. While I think that the example files sound a bit too robotic, for my tastes, they might do in a pinch.
For now, I'm going to continue my search for a schedule-recording application that can be used to record Alexa delivering such things, as wx, time, temp, and headlines. Besides, it might be nice to hear Samual L. Jackson delivering the weather some day.
sparepart , I listened to the MP3 and thought it was great, but am curious of you did it manually with a text to speech program, or if the whole process was automated... By the way, didn't mean to highjack your post! Would like to hear more about how your forecast was created.
All automated. So far, NWS has been consistent in how they format the Zone forecast product. As long as they are, its simple scripting to extract the weekly forecast from the web page and drop it into the input directory.
The other Zara assist I was thinking of are the "Zara-Helper" scripts github.com/qrplife/zara-helpers, it utilizes the SQLite program which is already a part of Windows operating platform, so you don't have to install anything. The getweather script is of particularly interest because it scrapes the info from your own personal weather station.. or if you don't have one then you can just select the closest one to you (they are all accessible online) -that way you don't have to pay for WeatherWatch Live. I think there's a copy of the voice files on Mrams site (not robotic sounding).