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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2009
    Mobile device convergence is accelerating like crazy, with a new breed of smartphones packing enough power to run an impressive range of software. And some of these mobile applications are getting pretty freakin' amazing - take Ray Kurzweil's kReader for Symbian, which allows blind or illiterate folk to point their phone camera at printed words and have them spoken aloud. Sakhr has gone a step further with an Arabic Spoken Translator for Blackberry devices. You speak English or Arabic into your handset, it transcribes, translates and speaks your phrase back in the other language, breaking down the language barrier in one fell swoop.

    Simply speak into the phone in English, and the machine prints the text in English so you can confirm it heard you right, then translates it to Arabic script and says it out loud. It also works in reverse. Extremely easy to use, it's expected to be a very handy bit of software for soldiers and security personnel to carry about in Middle-Eastern war zones.

    Extrapolate this idea out to a muti-lingual spoken translation engine, and you've got yourself an application that any global traveller would find extremely useful in a whole range of situations. And, as it improves in speed and accuracy, there's no reason why you couldn't build an application that puts a short-delay translation on both parties' voices in a real-time phone conversation.

    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2009
    I'll have to check this thing out. Most of the electronic translators that I've used are woefully inadequate for anything other than the casual tourist, but who knows? Now if someone would combine these two things (point and read software and the translator) about 50% of my job would be taken care of....