https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater

New device that translates your voice to 80 languages

So I saw this new product on my LinkedIn feed but there were no discussions about it on reddit or quora. What do you all think about this new device. It translates your native language (or any language you speak into it) into the language of your choice. Seems very cool. They've raised over 373k dollars so far (they only wanted 80k) and have already begun pre-ordering. I doubt i'll buy one but it looks cool and good for travel (alternatively google translate). What do you think?

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/travis-i-speak-80-languages-so-can-you-travel#/

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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This is existing technology repackaged. Don't expect anything better than the existing apps you can download on your phone.

Is your translation better than others and how?

It's as good as the best, because Travis chooses the best translation engines for each language


Edit:

OK, for the 20 languages available offline, this frees you from your mobile. However, for the 60 languages that are online only, you need a SIM card. Or lucky enough to be near an open wifi hotspot. Or you could connect through Bluetooth to your existing mobile, but why then not just use a regular mobile app?

The only advantage I can think of is that you are less likely to have it stolen, than if you are wandering around with your iPhone (or whatever) out.

Or am I missing something? (2362 people disagree with me apparently)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrincessSirenity

That would be a nice way to improve my pronunciation in French! ฅ^•ㅅ•^ฅ

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater

Yes I was thinking of that. I hope that the device doesn't sound too robotic. Something that flows nice to practice with and, like you said, improve pronunciation. We will see soon.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PrincessSirenity

Can't wait! ฅ^•ㅅ•^ฅ

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheSlavLad
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Funny how they didnt even show it in action, yet people flocked like... sheep.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxJiang3
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Can't Google Translate do this already? I kind of doubt that they'll be able to create something that outperforms Google Translate.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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I don't know anything about this new translator. It would be great if it is better with Asian languages. Google Translate is terrible with languages like Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and so on.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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It uses existing translation engines - so it will only be as good as they are.

As for Google Translate, they are testing new neural net based technology, that is supposed to improve things a lot. However, I don't know how to tell which language pairs and markets have this - or if you are in an A/B test for it. One unrelated (but interesting) thing I have noticed is that you sometimes now get a little shield appearing, if the results have been validated by the Google Translate Community (therefore validated by humans!)

1 year ago
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