VMLY&R: Dell Technologies and Intel’s I Will Always Be Me

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VMLY&R: Dell Technologies and Intel’s I Will Always Be Me

A game-changing platform to help archive the voices of those with motor neuron disease

VMLY&R in partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND), Dell Technologies, Intel and Rolls-Royce have launched an innovative platform that could change the lives of people living with motor neurone disease, a neurodegenerative condition that causes people to lose the ability to speak.

I Will Always Be Me is a unique book-reading experience that banks a person’s voice so that they never lose it.

The audiobook, titled I Will Always Be Me is written like a letter from the person diagnosed with MND to their loved ones, explaining that despite what may change about their appearance or abilities, they will always be the same person on the inside.

Via the campaign website, users can access voice-logging technology. The website will record the voice of the user reading the book, which contains every sound necessary to create a unique digital voice.

In addition to having a keepsake audiobook of the person with MND reading, the file can be converted into digital speech technology that can read typed messages aloud in the same voice as the person who may no longer be able to use theirs naturally.

The book is a unique idea that streamlines the frustrating process of voice banking, which could previously take up to three months of imitating sounds and phrases.

A short documentary for the campaign shows people with MND embarking on the emotional process of banking their voices. It shows the fear and vulnerability of being diagnosed with MND and the prospect of losing the ability to speak as well as the hardship that other voice banking technologies can involve.