Life Changing In-Ear Device Automatically Translates Foreign Languages So You Can Talk To Anyone

  • metta

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    May 31, 2016 3:02 AM GMT
    Life Changing In-Ear Device Automatically Translates Foreign Languages So You Can Talk To Anyone



    http://www.earthables.com/ear-device-translates-foreign-languages-1804234854.html?c=video


    I love this idea....I don't know if it is real.
  • badbug

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    May 31, 2016 7:21 AM GMT
    It's called a universal translator and i am pretty sure it's been around for awhile, heard of a documentary called star trek??

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    May 31, 2016 6:55 PM GMT
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    They've already got translator apps but this looks great. They should pair it with cell phone or other external speaker so can use even if the other person doesn't have one.

    For the monolingual American, this really can be life changing especially in retirement when Social Security doesn't go so far in the USA but can provide a good standard of living in Mexico or S. America or SE Asia. This would make it not just easier to live in expat communities where there is already some English speakers, but would open access to even rural areas where someone can benefit by even greater cost savings, or to seriously immerse themselves into another culture, or to live near the family of a spouse, or just to get away from city life, whatever.

    So while this also benefits digital nomads or everyday travelers it really can be life saving to those on restrictive budgets by doubling their purchasing power. Now if only the US government would allow Medicare access overseas where medical care is provided at a fraction of what it costs in the US, not only would that benefit retirees, but also greatly benefit the system by those reduced costs and even by encouraging more overseas retirements.

    The income of American's spending money would help those overseas communities while the savings would secure the system for those who stay in the USA. Why is this not a thing yet? Why is Medicare only set up to spend where it is the most expensive when now all you have to do is stick a babelfish in your ear and you can talk to your doctor anywhere?

    Policy at some point ought to catch up with technology. It's not as if we didn't have advanced notice...

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    May 31, 2016 7:08 PM GMT
    badbug said It's called a universal translator and i am pretty sure it's been around for awhile, heard of a documentary called star trek??

    And what did the documentary say? There are real-time closed captions translators for TV in use right now. But they can't even get English correct. The words that appear on the screen (and we use closed captions on our TV quite a lot) are laughable at times. And you're left to try to figure out what was really spoken.

    So I would be dubious a "universal translator" could interpret a spoken language correctly, much less translate it into another language. Even printed language translators used online are notoriously erroneous. And ignorant of idiomatic phrases, translating them literally, based merely on the words and not their meaning within context.
  • metta

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    May 31, 2016 10:08 PM GMT
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/meet-the-pilot-smart-earpiece-language-translator--2#/
  • bro4bro

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    Jun 01, 2016 3:19 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    badbug said It's called a universal translator and i am pretty sure it's been around for awhile, heard of a documentary called star trek??

    And what did the documentary say? There are real-time closed captions translators for TV in use right now. But they can't even get English correct. The words that appear on the screen (and we use closed captions on our TV quite a lot) are laughable at times. And you're left to try to figure out what was really spoken.

    So I would be dubious a "universal translator" could interpret a spoken language correctly, much less translate it into another language. Even printed language translators used online are notoriously erroneous. And ignorant of idiomatic phrases, translating them literally, based merely on the words and not their meaning within context.


    Art is your leg really so easily pulled?

    He said the "documentary" was called STAR TREK.

    It was a joke.

    Babel fish are real though...
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    Jun 01, 2016 3:51 PM GMT
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    Art is your leg really so easily pulled?

    He said the "documentary" was called STAR TREK.

    It was a joke.

    Babel fish are real though...

    Actually there WAS a documentary about Star Trek a few years ago, that discussed all the futuristic science from the series that has become reality in recent years. I thought he might be referencing something similar. And certainly voice interpreters have become a reality, that's how much of the closed captioning for live TV shows, especially news, is done. And of course my computer will take voice dictation, and Siri likewise can "understand" my voice.

    But they remain imperfect. The only way at this point I think it could be done with a hearing aid is with Bluetooth to a larger nearby device, perhaps a smartphone. That in turn might need to wirelessly connect to something even more powerful. Or maybe the hearing aid could be made WiFi, to bypass the "middle man". At present I don't think any chip with multiple language ability could be made to fit into a hearing aid for autonomous translations.

    I'm thinking of my Apple Watch as an example. Although fairly "smart" in itself it still needs connection to a nearby iPhone for most of its special functions.
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    Jun 01, 2016 4:27 PM GMT
    We are becoming soft , totally assisted by technology , it makes us lazy ....
  • Fireworkz

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    Jun 01, 2016 5:21 PM GMT
    neffa saidWe are becoming soft , totally assisted by technology , it makes us lazy ....


    Really?
    How many languages do you speak?
    I speak 3 including native English and learning new languages takes a significant investment in time. If the Universal translater works properly it will be an amazing invention.
  • tazzari

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    Jun 02, 2016 11:41 PM GMT
    Fireworkz said
    neffa saidWe are becoming soft , totally assisted by technology , it makes us lazy ....


    Really?
    How many languages do you speak?
    I speak 3 including native English and learning new languages takes a significant investment in time. If the Universal translater works properly it will be an amazing invention.


    I can get by in German (fluent), Swedish (reading fluency), Norwegian and French (really, really rusty), but I'd welcome the translator because I don't have time to the languages of a few countries I visit, like Finland and Slovenia, which aren't very useful languages outside their countries anyway. (Though I can order beer in Slovene and Finnish icon_biggrin.gif)
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    Jun 03, 2016 2:50 AM GMT
    As above, I speak French and Spanish and yet I would love this device.
    Using tools doesn't "make us soft". Pretending to never need assistance makes one appear to be a fool.
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    Jun 03, 2016 2:10 PM GMT
    some of this wireless in the ear stuff has a super short battery life.
    For example: Samsung has a product out with a 1.5hr battery life http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/2/11841388/samsung-gear-iconx-wireless-earbuds-fitness-tracking-hands-on