Found in Translation

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The New Scientist Tech blog is reporting that researchers at Carnegie Mellon are developing an exciting new translation device. The gadget uses electrode sensors on your face and neck to essentially lip read your words before relaying them in another language, meaning you don't even need to whisper to make it work?! The phenomenon is unique because today's translation devices try to "listen" to your words that you speak out loud, before translating them-- you say something, the computer interprets it, then relays it to the other person, making a conversation anything but normal. Instead, the new device tries to fix those gaps in conversation by deciphering and translating the words as you're mouthing them. The freaky part is that in the future you could have a conversation with someone speaking a different language, and neither of you might ever hear the others' actual voice! Read more at New Scientist.

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October 30, 2006 - 7:01am
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