May 10, 2010

Microsoft's translating telephone

Source – Microsoft Research

Microsoft has developed a translating-phone that combines speech recognition, machine translation, and text-to-speech technology allowing two people of different languages to carry on a phone conversation. Check out the video below…it seems we have a really useful device from Microsoft!

This VoIP program combines three Microsoft technologies–speech recognition, translation, and text to speech–to create a speech to speech and text to speech translator that’s surprisingly accurate.

The translator automatically trains itself to recognize the voice, is approximately 80% accurate. But in the translation demo we watched between a native English speaker and a native German speaker, the system was accurate enough to be almost entirely understandable–and that was with two people speaking quickly in a crowded room.

One of the keys to making this work is that the transcription text is displayed simultaneously to both users. If something isn’t quite right, they can straighten things out in a hurry by slow repetition of the troublesome passages.

This revolutionary technology could make communication easier across the globe especially for business purposes like a conference call or live video chats.


  1. Pedro Clopton

    Thanks, Very usefull blog, check this out:

    Free E-mail, Sms, VoIP Provider in Germany

  2. Niti

    Wow…this is truly an amazing product from the MS stable…thanks for the info Vishal:)

  3. amazing tool…with the whole world as a global market this would be a very good program for many people to communicate with people who cannot speak english.

  4. Seems to be an awesome tool! Hope it works fine in real world and accurate with indian languages too πŸ˜› Atleast our hon. minister Alagiri can speak in parliament finally πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

  5. Clyde

    This is a great tool to communicate across the globe…

  6. vishalgaba

    @Pedro – Thanks for sharing the video buddy πŸ™‚

    @Niti – Thanks πŸ™‚

    @Lazy Pineapple – Yes, it will make communication a lot easier

    @Lakshmi Rajan – LOL:)…yes, hopefully we will soon have support for all Indian languages as well

    @Clyde – You bet it is πŸ™‚

  7. Richard

    This is great…I hope this solves the communication problems that we face while interacting with our colleagues in other countries.

  8. Clay Adens

    Thanks for the info Vishal πŸ™‚

  9. nice technology. Microsoft rocks in these things.

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