Friday, February 18, 2011

No. 247: Mobile phone with the simultaneous interpretation service (February 18, 2011)

NTT DoCoMo announced that it would launch the simultaneous interpretation service for the users of its smart phones within the year. The message a user talks over the phone will be put into a foreign language simultaneously by the phone. The service is intended to help users enjoy communication with foreigners even with poor foreign language skill. It utilizes the Xi that is NTT DoCoMo’s high-speed data transmission service launched late last year. The servers with the translation function are put inside the mobile phone networks, and they will convert the voice of a user into a foreign language and transmit the converted voice to the smart phone of the intended party. The translated message is transmitted in 2-3 seconds, though the time depends on the communication environment. Because the technology under development can translate only clear voices without noise, the company will introduce the simultaneous interpretation service for free on a trial basis in the beginning. It plans to improve the accuracy of analysis and commercialize the technology in 2-3 years.

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