Google Now: real-time speech translation with 'close to 100%' accuracy on the way
posted by Daniel P. / Jul 26, 2013, 9:05 AM
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.
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Leave it to Google to crack that nut!
posted on Jul 26, 2013, 9:08 AM 4
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And another career is stolen by computers. Goodbye translators of the world. You and soon all human beings are now obsolete. >=]
posted on Jul 26, 2013, 12:39 PM 0
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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.
posted on Jul 26, 2013, 9:16 AM 0
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You could say period at the end of the sentence. I've never had a problem with that. It recognizes all punctuation marks.
posted on Jul 26, 2013, 9:33 AM 6
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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.
posted on Jul 26, 2013, 9:36 AM 1
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