Real-time language translation
Imagine a world, full of travelers to foreign countries, staring at fast-food menus and road signs in languages they do not understand? Looks familiar… Not anymore.
Google Translate apps experts have been long working in this direction so as to create the impressive possibility for the future generations to have their words, titles, and signs translated into different languages in real time. All you need to do is expose the text or image to your smartphone’s camera and the immediate translation into your preferred language appears on the screen in seconds.
Just think how valuable this is for the millions of tourists on the planet, considering the fact that internet connection is not required for the app to work – quite a lot of money could be saved from data roaming.
Google have launched the new updates of World Lens and Real-time translation software for mobile devices operating in more than 37 languages for image translation, 32 languages for voice translation and more than 27 languages for real-time video translation. The tech giant purchased Quest Visual and its well-developed Word Lens technology to boost Translate in 2014. Supporting seven of the most used languages at the very outset, Word Lens has been so far upgraded to reach a broader language coverage, including languages such as Indonesian, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Romanian, Ukrainian etc.
The recent languages are not imbedded in Google Translate but need to be downloaded each 2MB in the app. As the new augmented reality can work entirely in off-line regime with no need of access to information from Google servers, this is a huge benefit for those travelling a lot with no regular access to internet. In a series of researches Google has found out that most of the Translate app users are coming exactly from regions where internet connection is not steady and reliable. With this technology breakthrough, even video real-time translation is getting much improved despite weak internet signal. The application is extremely useful in oral communication and interpretation as it processes smoothly and quite well entire sentences, provided their complexity is not beyond the average level, set by the developers.
Instant translation technology is also being developed aggressively by Google’s rival – Microsoft which has integrated these functionalities in their programme for Real-time communication and VoIP and SKYPE telecommunication products, supporting English-Spanish oral communication and more than 40 languages for written translation. The world of tomorrow’s has been making great headway towards a future, where mobile devices are turned into real-time translators, breaking barriers in conversations into as many different languages as beautiful and diverse our world itself is.