Micorsoft has launched Skype Translator, a language translation tool that is able to automatically translate conversations between speakers of two languages in real-time. The technology is a package of four products stitched together into one experience. First it transcribes spoken words into text, which is displayed as a running feed alongside the video call. Next, it takes out the repetitious words (ahh’s, umm’s, ohh) from the conversation, while also adding punctuation to the written feed. It then translates the conversation and reads it aloud to the user in the correct language. The program takes about 4-5 seconds to do all of this in a real-time conversation.
Why It’s Hot:
The ability to talk to anyone in the world, face to face, without the need of a human translator is quite revolutionary. Especially at the speed of which the technology can maintain the conversation. This will certainly be put to use in schools all over the world as a way to easily connect and explore other cultures in the comfort of the classroom walls. As the technology matures, the implications for this on international business and small businesses in particular could be very large.