NIST Puts Smart Phone Translation Technology to the Test

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NIST Puts Smart Phone Translation Technology to the Test

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is helping the Defense Department evaluate the in-the-field performance of two-way, real-time voice translation systems for use in Afghanistan.
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By | 2012-09-07T02:25:29+00:00 September 7th, 2012|Todays Smart Phone Technologies|13 Comments

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  1. McHedd1 September 7, 2012 at 3:01 am

    You might want to check out a Canadian company called Intertainment Media, they own a technology called “Ortsbo”, from what I am reading about it, it? surpasses Google translate or any other translation software available today, they have also teamed up with lexifone, to provide voice to voice and voice to text translation with 95% accuracy.

  2. Tim11472 September 7, 2012 at 3:12 am

    This? technology is absolutely amazing. I am the owner of a 24 / 7 call center in Illinois & we offer claim services to insurance & fleet leasing companies. Our phone system is pretty sophisticated, but one of our largest challenges is the many languages we encounter. Is your product available to translate Spanish to English full circle? Also do you have a product that can be installed into a call center atmosphere?

  3. powerpashtoons September 7, 2012 at 3:28 am

    wow Great.I lOVE Pashto.It is Great language.In Pashto say:Ta Sanga Ye ?it means? how are you? Za Kha Yam Its means I am Fine :):):

  4. samh09 September 7, 2012 at 4:11 am

    That is really cool.?

  5. applekidtw September 7, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I? want a klingon version…

  6. kalucardable September 7, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I heard that Talibans put a higher price on capturing interpretors than US soldiers.? Are you training for this dialect?

  7. captainFLUORESCENT September 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

    curiously enough that StarTrek translator device seems more? like StarWars lightsaber(TM)…

  8. usnistgov September 7, 2012 at 6:53 am

    From Craig Schlenoff, Project Leader, NIST TRANSTAC Evaluation Team
    The time the systems takes to translate a sentence does vary with the length of the sentence. A few words sentence may only take a second? or two while a longer sentences (10 words) may take 4-5 seconds.

  9. usnistgov September 7, 2012 at 7:06 am

    From Craig Schlenoff, Project Leader, NIST TRANSTAC Evaluation Team

    The systems tend to work better on shorter, simpler sentences, but can still be used for more complex sentences. From initial analysis, utterances that are less than 15 words seem to work best with roughly linear? degradation after that as a function of the number of words.

  10. usnistgov September 7, 2012 at 7:14 am

    From Craig Schlenoff, Project Leader, NIST TRANSTAC Evaluation Team

    For this effort, we have focused on one dialect of Pashto, namely Kandahari. However, when the same systems were put in front of people who speak other dialects, they still worked, though not as well. The systems are only as good as what they are trained on … if you train them on other dialects, they should work? equally well on them.

  11. balboarock September 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Hitch-Hiker’s? Guide to the Galaxy predicted this with the Babel-Fish! It’s fascinating to see this technology being put to good use; this is an absolute necessity for the protection of the troops and civilians alike. I wonder: is this technology capable of interpreting variations in local dialects and offering ‘sets’ of possible interpretations to either/both end-users in situations where a translation is ambiguous, thereby replicating the more precise skills one would expect from a human?

  12. conorsmurf September 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    That? was the nexus one… anyway..

  13. usnistgov September 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

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