Zenscrypt (Automatic translation device)
Thread poster: Harumi Uemura

Harumi Uemura  Identity Verified
United States
Member (2012)
English to Japanese
+ ...
Jun 20, 2016

Recently a non-linguist friend of mine shared a post on Facebook about an earpiece that will allow the user to download an app that instantly interprets several languages (including Asian languages) in English. I was skeptic about how efficient the device is (especially in Japanese) and told her that "I'm not sure if it is that efficient in Asian languages". But the advertisement seemed to have convinced her that it is the real deal. I'm still very skeptic, but I was wondering what other linguistics think about such a device. Does anyone have experiences of testing or trying out such devices? What did you think as a linguist?

For the administrator: If there is already a similar topic please go ahead and re-direct me to the original one.


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Mirko Mainardi  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 07:27
Member
English to Italian
+ ...
Google translate Jun 20, 2016

Harumi Uemura wrote:

Recently a non-linguist friend of mine shared a post on Facebook about an earpiece that will allow the user to download an app that instantly interprets several languages (including Asian languages) in English. I was skeptic about how efficient the device is (especially in Japanese) and told her that "I'm not sure if it is that efficient in Asian languages". But the advertisement seemed to have convinced her that it is the real deal. I'm still very skeptic, but I was wondering what other linguistics think about such a device. Does anyone have experiences of testing or trying out such devices? What did you think as a linguist?

For the administrator: If there is already a similar topic please go ahead and re-direct me to the original one.


A while ago I read an article about this:
"Translate by speech

You can translate spoken words and phrases if your device has a microphone. In some languages, you'll hear the translation spoken aloud" - http://support.google.com/translate/answer/6142468?co=GENIE.Platform=Android&hl=en

Basically, you can already use your smartphone for this... so what you mention sounds like a specialized device based on the same principle. Voice recognition + automatic translation + speech synthesis. I guess the end result will basically depend on the quality of voice recognition + automatic translation... (in 1 on 1 scenarios)


Direct link Reply with quote
 
LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:27
Russian to English
+ ...
Total hoax. Jun 21, 2016

sometimes the voice recognition system has problems recognizing simple commands, like in banks, etc. There was one that required you to speak with the Southern accent for the system to recognize words (in the US) No, not for long, or more like never.

Good luck with languages like German and Japanese where the verb is at the end.

[Edited at 2016-06-21 15:33 GMT]


Direct link Reply with quote
 

Harumi Uemura  Identity Verified
United States
Member (2012)
English to Japanese
+ ...
TOPIC STARTER
So it is a hoax Jun 21, 2016

That is what I thought. I know that some devices can translate fixed commands, but I've never really heard of a successful interpreting device. I was hoping to learn how effective these devices are but I guess my expectations were right.

Direct link Reply with quote
 


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:


You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

Zenscrypt (Automatic translation device)

Advanced search






memoQ translator pro
Kilgray's memoQ is the world's fastest developing integrated localization & translation environment rendering you more productive and efficient.

With our advanced file filters, unlimited language and advanced file support, memoQ translator pro has been designed for translators and reviewers who work on their own, with other translators or in team-based translation projects.

More info »
WordFinder
The words you want Anywhere, Anytime

WordFinder is the market's fastest and easiest way of finding the right word, term, translation or synonym in one or more dictionaries. In our assortment you can choose among more than 120 dictionaries in 15 languages from leading publishers.

More info »



Forums
  • All of ProZ.com
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search