Google Translate is great to decipher the most basic of phrases in another language, but some people are not too happy with it, as DARPA and NIST have teamed up to take real time translation to the next level. This project is otherwise known as TRANSTAC (spoken language communication and TRANSlation system for TACtical use), where they are working on a machine-based translation device that will be used by the military – perfect if they’re occupying another land and need to communicate effectively with the locals without the need for a human interpreter. It seems that the Google Nexus One was used as a test device here, where the focus is on Pashto, a native Afghani language, at the moment. NIST is also doing its part by working on Dari and Iraqi Arabic. This might just boost Android’s already impressive growth.
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