V Consumer Electronics Fair in Las Vegas, CES, Several companies advertise their devices more and more sophisticated, which allows you to talk in different languages only with a small device that fits your hands or wireless headphones that are barely noticeable.
Waverly Labs headphones "Pilot" (red, white and black with elegant design) They translate into 15 languages and cost between $ 180 and $ 250. If both devices have a device, it is possible to speak directly.
During a short presentation in Las Vegas, AFP, a French-speaking journalist, was properly translated with headphones by Andrewa Ochoa, head of Waverly Labs, set up in New York in 2014.
On the smartphone Ochoa, the application also provided words in writing, in case it would be useful.
The handset listens through the smartphone, listens to the voice, sends it to the "cloud", overwrites, translates and synthesizes voice, explains Ochoa. Consequently, it has a few seconds of delay. "This is a" sequential "translation and not exactly simultaneous.
The voice synthesis translation and interpretation equipment and programs have recently reached the market because the technology was not sufficiently developed for at least two years.
"We use the latest artificial intelligence functionality, such as machine learning or a" neural network "(a computer system inspired by human brain links) with translation models," he explains, while at the same time pointing to a significant improvement in voice recognition.
"These technologies are mature enough to do this," says Ochoa, who says he sold 35,000 pairs of headphones in less than a year, especially to hotels that must obviously communicate with their customers in many languages.
Less discreet, WT2 headphones from the Chinese company TimeKettle They work similarly and will also be presented this week at CES.
Instead, you do not need a smartphone Pocketalk, from the Japanese Sourcenext, which has its sights on the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 because "many Japanese people speak only Japanese," says Richard Gallagher, Communications Officer.
In his opinion, a small device that looks like a cell phone old can translate 74 languages for $ 299.
"Thanks to automatic learning you understand better and better than you use" and "adjusts to the user's pronunciation", the user continues, while doing the demonstration.
"It's a great way to interact with artificial intelligence," says it has already sold 200,000 units. The hotel owners were also very interested, as well as traders and taxi drivers.
Chinese iFlytex, heavy artificial intelligence and voice recognition in Asia, is also at CES Translator 2.0, which translates Chinese into thirty languages and vice versa. The latest model costs about $ 400.
Dutch Travis, who now handles 100 languages, says he has already sold 120,000 pocket translators. They cost from 200 to 250 dollars.
Powerful Google, very present in the field of translation with its renowned Translate software, opened the dance in 2017 with the launch of "Pixel Buds", voice-overwriting voice recognition devices.
At CES, the US giant introduced a new translation function on Tuesday via its virtual voice assistant, which is present in many products, smartphones or connected speakers, which now can also listen to one language and translate it orally into another.
The next phase, according to Andrew Ochoa, from Waverly Labs, is a truly simultaneous translation that technology still does not allow.