Skype demos real-time translator

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, Last Updated: 3:44 PM ET

Microsoft has presented a sneak preview of Skype Translator, its futuristic automatic interpreting software that allows two people who speak different languages to converse over video-conference. The beta version is expected to launch before the end of 2014.

The new tool carries out three steps to act as an automatic interpreter. First, it transcribes the speaker's words using a speech recognition program. The transcribed text is then translated through Bing Translator and finally read aloud by a vocal synthesizer.

The end result sounds robotic, obviously, and the translations are far from perfect, but the idea that it may soon be possible for two people without a common language to converse via Skype is nonetheless impressive. Especially considering that Microsoft plans to launch the program in the near future for around 40 languages on Windows 8 devices. The technology is the result of over 10 years of research.

To introduce Skype Translator to the public and demonstrate how it might be used, Microsoft uploaded a video showing two people conversing: one in German and the other in English.


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