NTT Real-Time Voice Transcriber

A voice-transcription device that could transcribe business meetings in real time, is in the prototype stage at NTT, the Japanese telecommunications giant.

The current prototype has two fish-eye lens cameras and eight microphones to capture every nuance. It identifies each speaker and can separate out each speaker in the transcript.

If this isn't enough to sell you on this device, NTT also claims that it can correctly deduce the emotional state of each speaker, and add that information to the transcript.

Science fiction fans recall the transcriber from Isaac Asimov's 1953 novel Second Foundation. However, an earlier example can be found in The Lost Language, a 1934 short story by David H. Heller:

There was a man there, Henry Jordan, who had gained international renown by his work with vibrations. He was the inventor of the vibrowriter, the new typewriter that could be talked to, and which transposed the spoken sound into typed words, a contrivance which made perfect spelling possible, provided the words were perfectly pronounced.
(Read more Keller's vibrowriter)

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