Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Simultaneous Translator/Interpreter

I've been waiting for someone to come up with a sophisticated app for simultaneous interpretation of languages.

The idea is quite simple:
Speak into phone (source language) -> Phone converts speech to text (still source language) -> Phone translates text (source to target) -> Phone converts text back to speech (target language) (perhaps with the target text appearing on screen)

The barriers to overcome are
1. More sophisticated voice recognition across languages
2. Accuracy and Speed in text-translation technology
3. Clearer speech to text across languages
4. Keeping the size and memory usage manageable

Today, I found iTranslate, which seems to be close.

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