LiSA is back. The Liquid Information Speaking Assistant is an amazingly inexpensive Mac app that gives you a human voice whenever email messages arrive. LiSA talks and announces incoming email for Mail on your Mac.
You’re in control of LiSA, too. You assign a relationship and LiSA’s message. LiSA also understand message replies, so the voice says, “You have a reply from your boss.”
Setting up LiSA the first time requires some consideration and a little effort on LiSA’s part to rummage through your email.
LiSA can be set up to announce all of your incoming messages, though some are generic announcements. Otherwise, the relationship feature makes the message sound more personal.
The app works with Address Book for LiSA to find and use names, and with Apple’s Mail. All the basic email account types are supported (POP, IMAP, GMail, Yahoo!, and Hotmail).
Get this. LiSA is 99-cents. LiSA’s voice is a natural sound female voice. There’s also a version of LiSA for the iPhone which comes with a few dozen voice tones.
Voice activation and assistants are still the great frontier for Mac and iPhone users. The processing power for audio files is there, and some digital voices are superb. How long before our Macs begin to talk back to us?