10/03/2012, [CEATEC 2012] Last year, Docomo launched its menu translation app, but this year, their translation application can handle two use cases: conversations over the phone, and conversation side by side with someone speaking another language. At CEATEC 2012, we had an opportunity to try the conversation mode at CEATEC, and it worked quite well. The concept is simple: two people speaking different language can communicate on a turn-by-turn basis, and […]
12/16/2011, From Luis Von Ahn, one of the creators of CAPTCHA – the system that asks you to type random words/numbers to prove that you’re human – comes Duolingo, a new effort to help translate websites and pages on the internet while teaching users a new language. In a way you could liken Duolingo to the meeting of Google Translate (automated translation) with Wikipedia (user submitted information).
11/09/2011, NTT Docomo, the biggest mobile carrier in Japan, has managed to successfully develop a real-time Japanese to English (and vice versa, of course) translation service for smartphones and feature phones in that part of the world. How does this translation service work? Well, you speak something into your device and wait for a voice interpretation of what you have just spoken to be played back – in a different language, […]
10/06/2011, Facebook has recently delivered a new inline translation feature on the quiet yesterday which relies on Bing Translate so that users are able to translate public Facebook Page content, including comments, into a language that they are able to understand. The new ‘Translate’ link will now make an appearance under a public page’s post, and whenever you click it, the post’s content will be translated inline to a language which […]
06/01/2011, As technology progresses, what was deemed only possible in sci-fi movies of the past are slowly turning into reality. One of the coolest gadgets ever thought of has got to be a real-time, language translating device (seeing how I’m terrible at my second languages, I’ve always dreamed about having one as a kid). Well, the folks over at DoCoMo (a carrier in Japan) are developing a real-time speech-to-speech translation system […]
03/30/2011, SpeechGear, an industry leader in instant speech translation has just announced the availability of their new remote server module that increases the amount of supported languages by their systems. Their Compadre suite of conversation and document translation products are now available for the following languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, […]
02/08/2010, Could Google provide you with the perfect alibi to skip French or Spanish language class next time? That might certainly be the case in a few years’ time, as the search engine giant is busy working on speech-to-speech translation. So when everything is setup honky dory, you’ll probably be able to verbally chat with your friend over the phone, despite the both of you using different languages. Of course, the […]
05/19/2009, The GMail labs folks have cooked up a new automatic translation feature: if you receive an email that’s not in your language, Google will propose an automated translation. We’re all aware that computer translations aren’t accurate, but it is a still better than nothing, especially if you don’t speak (and/or read) a language at all. If it is your intention to communicate with someone through this automated translation, we recommend to use […]