NTT DoCoMo Auto Japanese - English Translation

NTT DoCoMo offers a smartphone service that automatically translates spoken Japanese into English or vice versa, allowing you to carry on conversations in either language.


(NTT DoCoMo Auto Japanese - English Translation)

The company also claims the success rate for speech recognition stands at about 90% in the case of Japanese and about 80% for English (other languages will be added soon)...

A test with 400 end consumers in Japan started today and runs through March next year. If everything goes according to plan, NTT Docomo plans to offer the service to all of its 56 million subscribers in the second half of 2012.

Fans of golden age science fiction writer Hugo Gernsback wrote about the idea of a language rectifier in his 1911 novel Ralph 124c 41+:

"I beg your pardon, but "Central" seems to have made another mistake..."

Her reply indicated that the mistake of "Central" was a little out of the ordinary, for he had been swung onto the Intercontinental Service, as he at once understood when she said, "Pardon, Monsieur, je ne comprends pas!"

He immediately turned the small shining disc of the Language Rectifier on his instrument till the pointer rested on "French."

"The service mistakes are very annoying," he heard her say in perfect English.

Via Techcrunch and Engadget.

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