TechCrunch looks at the WT2, a real-time translation tool that works in conjuction with your phone. Each person puts on an earpiece and the device is able to let two people speaking completely different languages to communicate with each other.
Right now the device is very much a prototype, although the design and chipset used are more or less final. It fit pretty well in my ear, just like you’d expect a bulkier-than-usual Bluetooth headset to.
But it worked quite well, as long as you keep your translation expectations realistic — complex speech and idiom don’t survive quick machine translation, but you can still get a lot across. The main issue I had was with the latency, which left Wells and I staring at each other silently for a three count while the app did its work. But the version I used wasn’t optimized for latency, and the team is hard at work reducing it.
“We’re trying to shorten the latency to 1-3 seconds, which needs lots of work in optimization of the whole process of data transmission between the earphones, app and server,” Wells said.
|"A computer that is a hundred times more accurate than a human, and a million times faster, will make 10,000 times as many mistakes."|
|Turn Your Smartphone Into a Miniature 3D Printer|
|Zapping things from the sky: Airborne Boeing laser blasts ground target|
|Where AI is Currently At|
|“A machine meant to hurl rockets into space.”|
|Fake Name Generator|
|“Are the puppets coming for our jobs?”|
|“Research that could engineer dinosaurs back into existence within the next five to 10 years.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|What Computers See When They Watch a Movie|
|“The only thing worse than assuming that carbon removal will save the day is assuming it will save the day.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Chinese warehouse organises, packs, and fulfills 200,000 orders a day with four people|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|David Reeves' Paper Cutouts Inspired by Classic Cult Movies|