Speech technology is advancing quickly; even smartphones offer apps that let you speak commands and perform voice-activated searches. Now, a new app for iPhone and Blackberry can convert spoken Arabic into spoken English (and vice versa).
The mobile app's speed of processing and accuracy is unprecedented for such a complex and different pair of languages.
Created by Sakhr and Dial Directions for use by the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and other military customers -- not you -- the app has implications for field personnel who need to understand foreign speech in dire situations. The app also provides a text translation.
"I've seen Sakhr's speech-to-speech mobile translator on the iPhone in action, and it could be a game-changer," said Hythem El-Nazer, the senior vice president of Boston-based TA Associates, speaking to Business Wire. ""Instant, open speech translation on a mobile phone hasn't been done before now, because it's simply really hard to do."
Web tools such as Google Translate can convert written Arabic to English, and speech companies such as Tell Me and Nuance convert speech to text, but this mobile app is the first to convert Arabic on a mobile phone.
A few more years and we'll have the universal translator!
Also of note on the Arabic and voice-to-text front, keep an eye out for SpinVox Arabic language support soon.
Another powerful English speech recognition software 'Wave To Text v5.2'. Help you convert your voice to text in real-time, while the program’s wizard enables you to convert your Windows Audio WAV files (speech recorded) offline.
Brilliant! These applications will not only improve our communication, but will help engage in situations that in the past required a great amount of study hours. I just wonder what the impact may be on the many many institutions that provide language classes for other languages?
Amazing! Anyway, I think it's like google translation software, so it make the word by word translation and it's not perfect. But I believe same as orajnamalik, we need few more years of experience with this kind of software and we'll have this tool working very very good!