Qu’est-ce que c’est? Que? Wat de donner? Just ask Google
Tech giant has launched an ‘interpreter mode’ for its voice-controlled speakers. Never be lost for words again
The days of arriving at a hotel when abroad only to be lost for words when unable to understand the receptionist could be over after Google unveiled a real-life Babel Fish system for translating foreign languages.
The tech giant has launched an “interpreter mode” for its voice-controlled speakers that allows two people speaking different languages to hold conversations in real time.
It says the service will make it easier for hotel concierge desks to check guests in. The technology could also be used at airports and train stations, or make business presentations less likely to be lost in translation.
The interpreter mode works on the Google Home range of smart speakers, which are controlled with voice commands, and is able to translate 27 languages.
The system is launched by saying a phrase such as “Help me speak French”. The device then transcribes what one person says in their language, translates it, and reads it out in the other person’s native tongue.
The technology is an extension of Google’s online translation software, which the company claims can now translate some languages almost as accurately as professional interpreters.
It has already begun testing the feature at hotels in Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York but hopes it could become a regular at check-in desks.
Google unveiled the interpreter mode at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, the tech industry’s annual jamboree at which companies unveil their inventions for the new year.
The company also announced a “smart” alarm clock system that uses internet-connected lights to gradually rouse sleepers, which it said was more effective at waking people up than a regular alarm.
It has also integrated its virtual assistant software with an assortment of internet-connected gadgets, from smart pressure cookers to wine refrigerators, to let them be controlled using voice commands.
Google said the interpreter mode would come to smart speakers that use its Google Home software in the next few weeks.
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