Google Now: real-time speech translation with 'close to 100%' accuracy on the way

Google Now: real-time speech translation with 'close to 100%' accuracy on the way
We weren't exactly surprised that Google has its own real-time translation project for the spoken word via smartphones, to answer Microsoft's strides in that realm, but it's how advanced things are that startles us.

Android's Vice President Hugo Barra sat down for an interview, and disclosed that the hardware prototypes (read: Android phones) that are already in testing, have reached "near perfect" result, especially with some language pairs.

Granted, he admits that's in controlled environment, and the bottleneck is speech recognition in real-life conditions with all the parasitic noise around and the accents, but he said in a couple of years it will be a real thing. We can't wait for the spoken translation functionality to be added to our phones with something like Android 7.0, as learning new language is a chore nobody has to deal with in this digital day and age of utmost laziness.

The real-time translation project is part of the larger Google Now personal digital butler undertaking that is already pretty useful, and will get even more so if you can travel to a foreign country and get translated on the fly without having to even crack a dictionary on the way.

source: UKTimes

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14 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Leave it to Google to crack that nut!

8. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

And another career is stolen by computers. Goodbye translators of the world. You and soon all human beings are now obsolete. >=]

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I don't translate. Having the ability to converse in a foreign language without a translator immediately at hand is a HUGE convenience.

2. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Is there a way to make google now recognize when a sentence ends and put a period? All my text messaging looks like a jumbled mess.

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

You could say period at the end of the sentence. I've never had a problem with that. It recognizes all punctuation marks.

7. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Thanks. Just tried it out.

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Did your mom have her. yet? Hey! ? and ! work as well!

3. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Don't see why it needs to be included in Google Now! It can be part of the current Google translate.

5. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'm excited for this. I remember seeing an article about Microsoft converting English speech to mandarin and then having it speak in your own voice with near perfect results as well and vice versa. I hope Apple is working on something like this as well.

6. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Here we go, I found the demo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu-nlQqFCKg

11. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Meanwhile at Apple... Siri : Sorry, I do not understand what you mean by that. Cook : Dammit Siri, get your s**t together! Siri : Sorry, I do not understand what you mean by that.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17043; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I would absolutely pay to have Google Now translate what I say into any language in Captain Kirk's dramatic voice.

13. mike1964

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

I went to a tech conference where a guy from audioalgorithms.com demonstrated their real-time speech translation technology. It was quite amazing. I wonder if Google is working with them.

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Close to 100 %, great...

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