Earphones, applications, connected speakers … At CES in Las Vegas, connected objects are making their show and the translation sector is taking advantage of it.
Science fiction has imagined it for decades: the translation in real time in the hollow of the ear is now possible thanks to the latest advances in artificial intelligence, which allows easy dialogue without the language barrier. At the CES in Las Vegas, several companies are promoting their increasingly sophisticated devices, which allow for dialogue in different languages via a small gadget that fits in the hand or wireless headphones that slip into the ear.
Waverly Labs ‘Pilot’ headphones – red, white or black with a sleek design – translate into 15 languages and cost from $ 180 to $ 250. If both parties are equipped, it is possible to talk directly. On the smartphone of the entrepreneur, the application also transcribed the text in writing, if necessary.
Innovations that stem from technological advances:
The listener, via the smartphone application, ” listens to the voice, sends it to the cloud, transcribes, translates and synthesizes it ” vocally, explains Andrew Ochoa. As a result, it takes a few seconds to offset the time of translation. ” It’s consecutive translation ” (and not exactly simultaneous), he continues. The hardware and software for voice synthesis translation and interpretation have recently arrived on the market because the technology has only been in existence for less than two years. ” We are applying the latest features of artificial intelligence, such as machine learning or neural network to translation models ,” he says, citing the huge advances in speech recognition.
Now, ” these technologies are mature enough to make this possible, ” says Andrew Ochoa, who says he has sold 35,000 pairs of headphones in less than a year, including hotels, which obviously need power communicate in many languages with their clients. Less discreet, WT2 earbuds from Chinese TimeKettle work in a similar way and are also presented this week at CES. There is no need for a smartphone to use Pocketalk, Japanese Sourcenext, which is betting on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, because ” many Japanese speak only Japanese.”, Says Richard Gallagher, communication officer. According to him, the small device, which looks like a mobile phone old generation, can translate 74 languages for 299 dollars.
Connected speakers, new translation relay:
The Chinese iFlytex, heavyweight artificial intelligence and voice recognition in Asia, also presents at CES Translator 2.0, which translates Chinese into thirty languages and vice versa. The latest model costs around $ 400. The Dutch Travis, who now manages a hundred languages, says he has already sold 120,000 copies of his pocket translator.