If you are hard at seeing or you have been searching for an easy way to know what notifications you are getting when you are away from your screen, then a new jailbreak tweak dubbed SpeakEvents
by iOS developer K3A
might be just what you are looking for. SpeakEvents makes it so you get a voice notification for events, which happen on your iDevice. The voice notifications are completely customizable and the functionality of the tweak is very handy even if you do not plan to use it for accessibility.
Requiring iOS 5 and setting you back only $1.99 from the BigBoss repository, SpeakEvents will work on any jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. SpeakEvents comes with a very convenient preferences pane that allows for deep customization for the voice notifications that you receive. You can pick the applications that will give you voice alerts and you can even pick at what times you are notified via voice – great for keeping your iDevice noiseless when you are sleeping. The preferences are shown below:
By default, Mail and Messages will be enabled for voice notifications. You can enable any application that has the capability of push notifications. Below that is a switch letting SpeakEvents read the body of the message – this basically means that if you get a text message, for instance, not only will SpeakEvents read to you who sent you a message, but it will also read the entire message aloud for you to hear. Obviously, this could be a large privacy issue, so if you don’t want your messages read aloud then keep this switch turned off.
SpeakEvents can also announce every hour on the hour to you in 24-hour clock format. This is enabled through the settings by a switch and can be disabled easily. SpeakEvents will also tell you the battery levels when they get low or when you disconnect the iDevice from charging. There is even a switch to let SpeakEvents continue to speak when the silent switch is engaged. SpeakEvents goes a step further in convenience by auto-detecting the language that it needs to read to you.
The functionality of a tweak allowing you to hear your notifications as they are displayed is very convenient, although it’s not without its downsides: accidents happen! You must be prepared to forget turning it off at crucial moments – it happens to the best of us and if you are in the middle of class or a meeting and a notification fires off, everyone, including you will certainly hear it. If you don't care too much about this happening, then you probably won't have too many problems.
Test driving the tweak ourselves, it uses Samantha’s voice (the voice of Siri) and works great at pronouncing words; obviously technology isn’t absolutely flaw-proof and it does stumble on pronunciation sometimes. It is a great way to be audibly notified by Facebook, Twitter, and text messages and I highly recommend this tweak to almost anyone.