Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Talk to the Hand: Sharp demos handheld voice translator


(Image from: http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/04/sharps-portable-voice-translator-talks-back-at-ceatec/)

Check out this little beauty - this upcoming device from Sharp purports to deliver voice-to-voice translation - talk to it in your language, and it spits your words back at you in another language!

For such a specialized device, I doubt the monochrome screen would get in the way, but... you have to wonder if the speaker's output can be heard over, say, the lunchtime crowd at a busy restaurant. Unless, of course, you're supposed to use earplug and try to mimic what the unit says back to you. lf that's the case, good luck!

For more information, you can always try to decipher this babelfish link provided by Engadget:

http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_url?doit=done&tt=url&intl=1&fr=bf-home&trurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpc.watch.impress.co.jp%2Fdocs%2F2006%2F1003%2Fceatec.htm&lp=ja_en&btnTrUrl=Translate

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