Instant voice translation has long been the stuff of science fiction and a much desired ability in the real world. People who frequently travel to foreign countries where they do not understand the local language would be delighted by a gadget that could instantly translate what they say in their native language into the local language of the foreign country to which they are traveling.
Many individual inventors and companies have been working on developing such a software. We’ve already got a few which are available for desktop computers. Although these devices work on a simple level that is, for basic phrases, they do indicate that we are closer to developing a full-fledged instant voice translation software now than ever before. There are a few companies that have been working on developing voice translation software for mobile devices which makes sense, since such a device would provide maximum utility in its mobile form.
Toshiba for one has already developed such a software which in its present version can allow the user to translate between English, Japanese and Chinese, and has a database of 30,000 words for every one of these languages. The company will be introducing this software on their smartphone – TG01 and is aiming to sell to tourists who travel to foreign countries. The company claims that the software is extremely user-friendly and all it requires from its users is that they speak into phone in any of the aforementioned languages following which the handset would process it and translate it into the desired language. The company intends to release the software in the present year itself.