Ever imagined how awesome it would be if your phone could translate your voice in real time when in a foreign country? Google is believed to be working on a device like that known as the “Babel Fish” according to Hugo Barra, VP of the Android division. He mentions that the technology is pretty much there and that Google has nearly perfected it, but there are some tough challenges facing the project. “We’ve got tons of prototypes of that sort of interaction, and I’ve played with it every other week to see how much progress we’ve made.” – he said.
The challenges apparently occur when the prototype is used in an unsupported atmosphere, such as in traffic or other distortive surroundings. But in a silent room, the accuracy is near 100%, Barra claims. The prototype is believed to have some pretty good language matches already like English and Portuguese. It’s always good to know that a project like this is being worked on, especially considering how serious voice recognition is taken these days. Since it is a work in progress, we might have to wait quite a long time to see this come to life, so don’t hold your breath.
Source: The Times
Via: Pocket Lint