Skype Releases Preview of Translator App

Microsoft has today released a preview version of its Skype Translator app. The app uses a technology the company demoed some months ago now, where Sype has the ability to translate speech in realtime.

The app is essentially that – while someone speaks, you receive realtime text-to-speech translations of the speech from the person at the other end. At the moment only English and Spanish is support for audio translation, while text chat provides support for over 40 languages. The app is the result of years of R&D from Microsoft Research, where efforts have been focused on making the app reliable enough for anyone to use with pretty much any microphone. Efforts have also been centred on making the translations accurate – unlike the often humorous results you can receive from a service like Google Translate.

Currently the preview is open on an invite only basis, with Microsoft asking those who’d like to test the app out to visit this site. 

Source: The Verge

“No More Woof” Hits Indiegogo, Aims To Translate Dog Thoughts Into Human Speech

We love nothing more than tech news about high end graphics cards, new processors and gaming to name but a few, but every now and then something comes along in the tech world that makes you giggle, this new piece of tech however has me laughing far more than it probably should.

The No More Woof device has just hit Indiegogo that will use a small Raspberry Pi computer, a loud speaker and EEG recorders in the form of a headset that a dog can wear. The device will then read something called “ionic current flows” in a dog’s brain and then translate it into human speech, and it will only cost $65 for a model that detects three common thoughts such as tiredness and curiosity. A more powerful model will be available that will feature more advanced software and more sensors.

Unfortunately the idea is still at a concept stage, but the general idea is pretty sound (if somewhat crazy sounding). “Yes, we HAVE achieved some results, but we are very far from a mass-producable product. That said, we believe that within a few years the technologies we are working with will revolutionize our relation to pets and animals.” reads the official crowdfunding page.

Will the product ever see the light of day? Who knows, but the idea is too funny to ignore. We’ve embedded a video below of how we hope it turns out.

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Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

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