Monday, March 19, 2012

#Microsoft can convert your voice into another language

The Babel Fish from The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy
Microsoft Research have revealed software that can take your spoken voice and translate it into a voice in a different language. In a online demonstration Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer, says a long sentence in English, and  it;s translated into Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin complete with Rashid's original intonation.
   This obviously raises the potential that one day soon you'll be able to talk to someone on your smartphone in English and they will hear your voice in Mandarin, and vice versa. You can watch the demo here (jump ahead to 12 mins if you just want to see the speech translations demo).