Internet Giants Create Universal Translator, Captain Kirk is Happy
Do you remember when the crew of the starship enterprise would beam down to an unexplored planet, find in indigenous lifeforms, and effortlessly talk to them? Clearly Google remembers because they've gone and made a universal translator. Google has begun turning smart phones and a real-time language translators of both written and spoken content.
The Internet will never be the same. There is the Internet before Google, and the Internet after Google. Clearly Internet is better off with Google, and now the California-based Internet giant is going to make travel better as well. Google Translate will serve as a tool to aid medical personnel, police, teachers, and others with important roles in increasingly multilingual areas. Last Wednesday Google began releasing a version of Google Translate for free. This application will let people point their Apple or android smart phone that signs, recipes, menus, or any other written material in Russian, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, or Spanish and see it in English.
This new Google translate feature is built upon word linens, a technology purchased by Google when it acquired Qwest visual. Word linens uses video mode in a smart phone to scan any writing, or seems and then displayed as if it were written in English.<
Google translate may also be placed in "conversation mode" and use voice recognition software as well as the Internet cloud to translate both sides of the chat between people speaking different languages. Any to of 38 language options can be paired, and the smart phones will listen and convert them during conversation. A speech synthesizer will speak the translations which are also displayed in writing on them smart phone screen. Transcripts or maintains and saved for later use.
Available languages are currently being expanded upon as is computing power for faster more accurate conversational translations. Google hopes to be able to use its cloud infrastructure to allow users to connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi and utilize their translation abilities.