BBC- Daniel Thomas included SpeechTrans in his story on translation technology:

Translation tech helps firms talk business round the world

By Daniel Thomas Business reporter

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-29985865

  • 14 November 2014
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If the oft-heard maxim were universally true, the outsourced translation market wouldn’t be worth a chunky $37bn (£23bn) or be growing at about 6% a year.

While content in English still dominates the web, “billions of people don’t read English at all or well enough to make buying decisions,” concludes a survey by Common Sense Advisory, a business research consultancy.

In reality, businesses must translate and localise products into a host of different languages, and that requires linguists.

And with competition among translation firms fierce, many are turning to technology to steal a march on their rivals.

Found in translation

Take Thebigword, a Leeds-based firm employing about 12,000 linguists in 73 countries covering 500 languages. Its previous clients include Ricoh, Electrolux and DHL.

The firm says it can connect you with an interpreter in just 30 seconds by phone, localise your market messages or translate your documents.

However, it believes the real weapon in its technological arsenal is its new “translation management system” (TMS), which claims to deliver projects four times faster than the industry standard by automating project workflow and using computer-assisted translation tools.ADVERTISEMENT

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Image captionLeeds-based translation firm Thebigword employs 12,000 linguists worldwide

Imagine you are a technology business launching a new phone in multiple countries on the same day.

“Translation for a job like that goes through a huge amount of different processes – it’s not just one page sent, translate it and send it back,” says chief executive Larry Gould.

“It may have diagrams on it or illustrations, or need to be presented a certain way, localised, edited and double-proofed. And of course you’ve got to do it all to tight deadlines.”

Mr Gould can use up to 200 linguists on a single project like this, spread across 33 countries. But the TMS helps co-ordinate the process, allocating the workload across time zones to speed things up and cut costs.

Language barrier?

Such firms still rely heavily on human linguists but are increasingly complementing them with lower-cost automated “machine translation” tools, known as MT in the business.

Ben Sargent, a senior analyst at Common Sense, says such technology has its drawbacks, but can work well for low-stakes, high-volume work, particularly online.

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“We estimate that less than half of 1% of all the digital content that could and should be translated, actually is.

“No-one has the budget to do all that. So in low-value content applications, like user-generated content and consumer-to-consumer interactions, automated translation gets a lot more traction.”

For example, when eBay realised that more than 20% of its sales involved cross-border trade – and that its international business was growing faster than its domestic business – it acquired AppTek’s machine translation technology to help meet the demand for local language listings.

Currently eBay only translates listings in countries such as Brazil and Russia, but eventually wants to help sellers list their goods in multiple languages, and chat to buyers via instant messaging that translates in real time.

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But Ryan Frankel, chief executive of VerbalizeIt, a translation firm that uses only human translators, is not convinced by MT.

He believes that it “is light years away” from delivering anything beyond a “get the gist” solution.

“Businesses rightly value accuracy but also brand, industry and cultural-specific terminology and nuances that require an experienced and trained community of translation professionals.”

Even advocates of the technology admit that an accuracy rate of about 70% is considered excellent, but that this can only usually be achieved for technical documents using highly consistent terminology.

Once the slang phrases, idioms and metaphors of normal human conversation are thrown into the mix, accuracy can plummet to 30%.

Beam me up Scotty

“Speech-to-speech” technology, which translates the human voice in near real time into text or words spoken by your computer, offers some exciting possibilities.

Although it is certainly in its early stages – Microsoft’s pre-beta Skype Translator tool, unveiled in May, was clunky and slow in demonstration to say the least – speech-to-speech is evolving fast.

According to analyst Gartner the market is likely to mature in the next five to 10 years.

SpeechTrans, a frontrunner in the space, claims its users can have a conversation in more than 40 languages over fixed-line or internet phone, and that the technology can even recognise different accents and dialects.

“In four years we have been able to accomplish more than was ever thought possible in this area of technology,” says Mark Coviello, director of sales.

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“At this rate we foresee the ability for any human being to communicate with any other human being without error [using speech-to-speech].”

Hewlett-Packard has already integrated SpeechTrans into MyRoom, its web conferencing platform, enabling business professionals “anywhere in the world to collaborate in 30 different languages, in the same conversation, at the same time”.

The technology giant won’t tell the BBC how many users it has, but says “adoption is increasing”, along with the application’s accuracy and speed.

‘Dubious results’

Still, Mr Sargent says such platforms have a long way to go before they really take off.

“Progress can be slow, and the utility of these systems today is limited.

“Don’t expect to see courtroom or hospital interpreters being replaced anytime soon, except for emergency situations, where dubious results may still be better than nothing.”

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As with MT, some also doubt whether speech-to-speech will ever really grasp the nuances of language the way a human can. Still, Mr Coviello claims taking humans out of the equation has its benefits, too.

“We find that there may not always be a person available for translation when needed the most, or that due to certain ideologies or conditions the person translating may mistranslate what is being said.”

While businesses will surely explore automated translation technology for its cost-saving potential, it seems that demand for high-quality human translation will continue to grow as multilingual content proliferates.

“We believe new technology has to be embraced because there is just so much communication required out there,” says Thebigword’s Mr Gould.

“It’s brilliant for our industry – [technology] will enhance our business, not take away from it.”

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SpeechTrans Eliminates Language Barriers On the World’s Most Popular Social Networks

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LYNDHURST, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SpeechTrans Inc., provider of the world’s most advanced translation technology, announced today that the company’s updated SpeechTrans Ultimate app for Windows 8.1 is the first to offer real-time text and voice translation over Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo! and AIM. By finally allowing speakers of different languages to have fluid and accurate conversations over popular social networks, SpeechTrans has eliminated language barriers between speakers of 26 different languages. With the new SpeechTrans Bluetooth Wristband Watch, the company has also brought instant translation to phone conversations in the car or on the move.

As an innovator of real-time, automated speech-to-speech translation over any device, SpeechTrans powers conversations for governments, militaries, educators, students, travelers and global businesses. In the latest updates to SpeechTrans Ultimate for Windows 8.1, the company has launched new features that make the most powerful global communication tool available even more versatile, productive and accessible for users.

Real-Time Translation on SpeechTrans and Social Networks

With the new SpeechTrans “Chat” feature, users can now enjoy via speech-to-speech translation during instant messaging with other SpeechTrans users from around the world. SpeechTrans Ultimate’s social integration also provides real-time translation over Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! and AIM. With the ability to translate speech-to-speech, speech-to-text, text-to-speech and text-to-text, users get seamless, accurately translated conversations in whichever format they prefer.

SpeechTrans’ speech recognition technology allows Windows 8.1 users to eliminate language barriers and facilitate conversations across the world. Only one person in a conversation needs SpeechTrans Ultimate since the app can translate outgoing messages before they are delivered and translate incoming messages before they are received.

“SpeechTrans Ultimate is a communication ‘Swiss-Army Knife’ for global travelers, students and businesspeople,” said John Frei, CEO of SpeechTrans. “The app is quickly becoming the new lingua franca, and we’re proud to bring an improved version to Windows 8.1 users.”

Dictation and Cloud Storage

SpeechTrans Ultimate now allows Windows 8.1 users to dictate notes, reminders, emails and more, eliminating the frustration of typing on error-prone mobile keyboards. SpeechTrans Ultimate securely saves previous dictations andtranslations in the cloud for easy retrieval from any web device.

Wearable SpeechTrans Bluetooth Wristband Watch

Users can now make and receive phone calls and translate conversations in real-time using the new SpeechTrans Bluetooth Wristband Watch. The wristband vibrates if users walk 30 feet away from their device, ensuring that users won’t forget their phone while relying on Bluetooth. While the wristband is ideal for answering calls in the car, it can also play mp3 music and features an audio jack if users wish to keep conversations private or listen to music with regular headphones.

The SpeechTrans Bluetooth Wristband Watch is compatible with all smartphones, PCs and tablets with Bluetooth capabilities. The bracelet offers 3 hours of talk time, 60 hours of standby time, an LED caller ID display with contact list synchronization, a noise cancelling microphone and a very loud speakerphone.

SpeechTrans Ultimate is the only app that offers military-grade translations and voice recognition without a tedious training process. SpeechTrans is the only startup in the Northeast that belongs to the Microsoft Managed Partner program, and the Windows 8.1 app was developed in conjunction with Microsoft’s development team.

Download the SpeechTrans Ultimate Windows 8.1 app at http://speechtrans.com/product/speechtrans-ultimate-windows-8-1/

Order the new SpeechTrans Bluetooth Bracelet at http://speechtrans.com/product/wearables/

About SpeechTrans

SpeechTrans is the world’s most advanced speech-to-speech translator. Used by the U.S. Army, governments, educators, physicians, lawyers, international businesses and consumers worldwide, SpeechTrans offers real-time translation with outstanding clarity and minimal processing delay. SpeechTrans services are available on PCs, smartphones, tablets, social networks, telephones, wearable devices and more. As a member of the ngConnect Program and a Microsoft Managed Partner, SpeechTrans works closely with the Microsoft development teams and has partnered with HP, Dell, Nokia, Intel, Nuance, VerbalizeIt and Spoken Translation to eliminate language barriers worldwide. Learn more at www.speechtrans.com.  

Huffington Post- Michael Berman included SpeechTrans in his Mother’s Day tech gift guide

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Mother’s Day Gifts for the Technomom in Your Family

05/06/2014 05:24 pm ET Updated Jul 06, 2014

Another year has passed and it’s almost Hallmark — uh, — Mother’s Day. Now, before you get the woman that gave birth to you or the mother of your children the usual card, flowers candy or jewelry, consider the consequences of your decision. She may be a certified techno-mom who hungers for anything that will satisfy her lust for new gadgets and accessories. Maybe all she wants is a new case or gadget for her smartphone or the latest tech device. Let’s face it, what we don’t want is a reaction that resembles a smile, a murmured thank you and cold dinner.

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How about a SodaStream ($79 to $179 depending on model)? We played with the Source Metal model and haven’t stopped using it. The SodaStream basically takes ordinary tap water and carbonates it, giving you the ability to create an unending variety of carbonated drinks, ranging from seltzer to root beer. We were also able to use it to make carbonated energy drinks. The unit comes with a few sample flavors, a 60 liter high pressure CO2 carbonator (which makes up to 60 liters of beverage) and a carbonating bottle. You just fill the bottle with water, add your favorite flavor and carbonate. We were also able to find refills of our favorite drink mixes at our local grocery store.

If mom’s into wearables, check out the new SpeechTrans Bluetooth watch ($99). The watch we tested was able to link with our smartphone without a problem. Once connected we were able to answer phone calls, listen to music and access our phone’s contact list without taking the phone out of our pocket. The watch also works with a SpeechTrans Ultimate app that is available for Android and iPhones. Once activated, the app uses Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking to translate the language being spoken into one of 44 languages. You can also attach a microphone and earpiece to the watch if you want to keep your conversations private. Now, bear in mind, this isn’t comparable to a high-end watch such as the Galaxy Gear nor does it have all of the functionality (news alerts, Facebook connectivity, etc.) But, for the price, your get a watch that can perform all of the basic tasks without spending $249. And, yes, it does display the time and date.

If mom uses a tablet computer, you may want to give her the AluPen Twist L ($39.95) from Just Mobile. Basically this aluminum device can be used as a standard stylus for the tablet/iPad moms or as a ballpoint pen for use with old fashioned paper. The biggest benefit, of course, is that mom will no longer have to fumble for a writing instrument while trolling the Internet. Just twist the dome on the pen and take notes.

The fashion-conscious technomom may want a case for her smartphone or tablet. There are tons of these available from hundreds of manufacturers, ranging from the “fashion statements” from companies like iLuv, Cellarism, M-Edge or Proporta, to the highly functional cases from OtterBox and A-case. You can also get her a waterproof and dustproof case from LifeProof. Costs vary, but basically range from $29.95 to $80. We’ve played with cases from all of these companies and, truthfully, they all do the job well.

If mom uses her phone or other device to listen to music, you may want to consider giving her a set of earbuds or headphones. These can be wireless Bluetooth models such as the BlueAnt Pump wireless Sportsbuds ($129.99) and the Rox Wireless earbuds from Jabra ($99.95). Both are ideal for moms that work out and the Jabra earbuds have a built-in microphone, so she can answer calls without reaching for her smartphone. The best full-sized noise canceling headsets we’ve played with are The Street by 50 ANC headphones from SMS Audio ($279), the Sennheiser Momentum headphones ($299) and the Soul Combat headphones ($199).

Of course, we’ve only scratched the surface here. The possibilities are endless.

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Not to be Outdone, SpeechTrans to Demonstrate Google Glass Translator in June at HP Discover

Rod Trent | May 29, 2014

https://www.itprotoday.com/cloud-computing/not-be-outdone-speechtrans-demonstrate-google-glass-translator-june-hp-discover

It looks like Microsoft beat someone to the punch with the recent unveiling of Skype Translator at the Re/code conference. And, this may be the first time in a long time that Microsoft has been able to trump competitors with a technology reveal.

However, not necessarily a competitor, SpeechTrans is reported to have been doing real-time translation for years already and based on communications today is wanting to remind us that the company’s product is touted as the “world’s most advanced translator.”

SpeechTrans is a Microsoft Managed Partner and provider and utilizes Microsoft Azure to enable real-time translation service. The SpeechTrans offering already supports Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Blackberry or a Windows 8.1 device or a desktop operating system. The company recently released Remote Mic, which is the world’s first API that lets users speak into any telephone and types what is said in real time on the screen for either translation or dictation in seconds.DO YOU WANT ACCESS TO2019 TECHNOLOGY SALARY SURVEY FINDINGS?YES, UNLOCK ACCESSNO, NOT RIGHT NOW

The term “competition” in today’s industry seems to be under continual refinement, but SpeechTrans seems a bit miffed by Microsoft’s unveiling of Skype Translator. The company is hitting the wires today to ensure its known that SpeechTrans also works with HP (whatever that means), and will be demonstrating their own real-time conference translator for Google Glass at HP Discover in June 2014.

At the same time, the company has offered a press release today, praising performance gains and automatic Cloud storage for dictations and translations using Microsoft Azure. It’s a strange world.

Here’s the press release:

SpeechTrans Enhances Real-Time Translation Services Worldwide Using Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure Enables Faster Performance and Introduces Automatic Cloud Storage for SpeechTrans Dictations and Translations

LYNDHURST, N.J., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SpeechTrans Inc., a Microsoft Managed Partner and provider of advanced translation technology, announced that the company is using Microsoft Azure to enable real-time translation services for SpeechTrans users around the globe.  SpeechTrans Ultimate now offers cloud storage for dictations and translations, allowing users to access saved voice memos and conversations from any web-enabled device.

As a Microsoft Managed Partner, SpeechTrans has also worked closely with Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism teams to optimize the functionality and design of SpeechTrans products on Windows devices.  SpeechTrans uses Microsoft Azure services to deliver a highly scalable system that offers all users the advantage of a global cloud platform.

“We are thrilled with our migration to Microsoft Azure, and we look forward to adding Azure Mobile Services in the near future.  Microsoft’s Azure architecture will allow us to deliver better service to end users at a better price point,” said John Frei, CEO of SpeechTrans. “The automatic cloud storage for dictations and translations is just the beginning of our effort to sync SpeechTrans across devices. In the near future, if someone uses a Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Blackberry or a Windows 8.1 device or a desktop operating systems, we want SpeechTrans to automatically sync on each device so users can see their results regardless of where they were created— storing user’s results in Microsoft Azure will allow us to do this.”

“Using Microsoft Azure’s open, flexible and globally scalable platform, SpeechTrans is able to deliver advanced mobile capability to its worldwide customers,” said Vibhor Kapoor, Director Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure. “We are excited to see the innovation and benefits that SpeechTrans Ultimate’s translation and dictation capabilities will bring to its customers.”

With new updates to SpeechTrans Ultimate for Windows 8.1, users can now enjoy real-time text and voice translation over chat, speech-to-speech translation over video, dictation and instant messaging on Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo! and AIM. By using Microsoft Azure, SpeechTrans will be able to make these translation services significantly faster.

About SpeechTrans SpeechTrans is the world’s most advanced speech-to-speech translator. Used by the U.S. Army, governments, educators, physicians, lawyers, international businesses and consumers worldwide, SpeechTrans offers real-time translation with outstanding clarity and minimal processing delay. SpeechTrans services are available on PCs, smartphones, tablets, social networks, telephones, wearable devices and more. As a member of the ngConnect Program and a Microsoft Managed Partner, SpeechTrans works closely with the Microsoft development teams and has partnered with HP, Dell, Nokia, Intel, Nuance, VerbalizeIT and Spoken Translation to eliminate language barriers worldwide. Learn more at http://www.speechtrans.com/

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SpeechTrans, a provider of advanced translation technology, has turned to Microsoft Azure to enable real-time translation services for SpeechTrans users around the globe. SpeechTrans Ultimate now offers cloud storage for dictations and translations, allowing users to access saved voice memos and conversations from any Web-enabled device.

As a Microsoft Managed Partner, SpeechTrans has also worked closely with Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism teams to optimize the functionality and design of SpeechTrans products on Windows devices.

With new updates to SpeechTrans Ultimate for Windows 8.1, users can now enjoy real-time text and voice translation over chat, speech-to-speech translation over video, dictation and instant messaging on Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo! and AIM.

“We are thrilled with our migration to Microsoft Azure, and we look forward to adding Azure Mobile Services in the near future. Microsoft’s Azure architecture will allow us to deliver better service to end users at a better price point,” said John Frei, CEO of SpeechTrans, in a statement. “The automatic cloud storage for dictations and translations is just the beginning of our effort to sync SpeechTrans across devices. In the near future, if someone uses a Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Blackberry or a Windows 8.1 device or a desktop operating systems, we want SpeechTrans to automatically sync on each device so users can see their results regardless of where they were created. Storing users’ results in Microsoft Azure will allow us to do this.”

“Using Microsoft Azure’s open, flexible, and globally scalable platform, SpeechTrans is able to deliver advanced mobile capability to its worldwide customers,” said Vibhor Kapoor, director of product marketing for Microsoft Azure, in a statement. “We are excited to see the innovation and benefits that SpeechTrans Ultimate’s translation and dictation capabilities will bring to its customers.”

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Wouldn’t it be nice to go just about anywhere and talk to anyone in their own language? Well 7OYS tested an app that does just that.

By Michael FinneyWednesday, June 4, 2014SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Wouldn’t it be nice to go just about anywhere on earth and talk to anyone in their own language? Well, now there’s an app for that, and Seven on Your Side has put it to the test.

Yan Auerbach spoke with us in a Skype interview about his translation app, SpeechtTrans.

“It lets you speak in one language and then it will translate and speak out loud in any other language,” he said.

Forty-two languages and dialects in all. The app speaks out loud and translates on the screen, too. And it does it all within seconds. 

We wanted to know if it does a good job of translating from English to Spanish, so we went to San Francisco’s Mission District. We spoke with Brenda Gonzales, who speaks both Spanish and English.

Finney: “It did a good job?”
Gonzales: “Yeah, it is a good translator.”
Finney: “Is that right?”
Gonzales: “Yes, all is right.”

Next we went to Japantown and into a store called J-Town Video. Kai Takemoto is the store manager. He listened and then weighed in.

“I don’t think it works,” he said with a laugh. “It is like 70 percent of the words it caught.”

Next we headed to Pier 39 and found Anja Solheim from Stockholm, Sweden. She speaks several languages, including Norwegian.

Solheim: “That was perfect!”
Finney: “Really?”
Solheim: “Yeah.”

The app is free for the first 20 translations a day. If you want more there is a paid version which offers unlimited translations and a lot more.

“So for a $1.99 a month you can do dictation, you can do translation, you can also do chat with Facebook, video calls with real time translation, and soon we are adding flight tacking and currency conversion so it will be the Swiss Army knife of travel apps,” Auerbach said.

And if you need a live interpreter, that can be provided for an additional fee.

Sometimes the translation did not go well. Auerbach says that is often because the speech recognition is having trouble with an Americanized accent.RELATED TOPICS:
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SpeechTrans Enhances Real-Time Translation Services Worldwide Using Microsoft Azure

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LYNDHURST, N.J., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SpeechTrans Inc., a Microsoft Managed Partner and provider of advanced translation technology, announced that the company is using Microsoft Azure to enable real-time translation services for SpeechTrans users around the globe.  SpeechTrans Ultimate now offers cloud storage for dictations and translations, allowing users to access saved voice memos and conversations from any web-enabled device.

As a Microsoft Managed Partner, SpeechTrans has also worked closely with Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism teams to optimize the functionality and design of SpeechTrans products on Windows devices.  SpeechTrans uses Microsoft Azure services to deliver a highly scalable system that offers all users the advantage of a global cloud platform.

“We are thrilled with our migration to Microsoft Azure, and we look forward to adding Azure Mobile Services in the near future.  Microsoft’s Azure architecture will allow us to deliver better service to end users at a better price point,” said John Frei, CEO of SpeechTrans. “The automatic cloud storage for dictations and translations is just the beginning of our effort to sync SpeechTrans across devices. In the near future, if someone uses a Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Blackberry or a Windows 8.1 device or a desktop operating systems, we want SpeechTrans to automatically sync on each device so users can see their results regardless of where they were created— storing user’s results in Microsoft Azure will allow us to do this.”

“Using Microsoft Azure’s open, flexible and globally scalable platform, SpeechTrans is able to deliver advanced mobile capability to its worldwide customers,” said Vibhor Kapoor, Director Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure. “We are excited to see the innovation and benefits that SpeechTrans Ultimate’s translation and dictation capabilities will bring to its customers.”

With new updates to SpeechTrans Ultimate for Windows 8.1, users can now enjoy real-time text and voice translation over chat, speech-to-speech translation over video, dictation and instant messaging on Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo! and AIM. By using Microsoft Azure, SpeechTrans will be able to make these translation services significantly faster.

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SpeechTrans is the world’s most advanced speech-to-speech translator. Used by the U.S. Army, governments, educators, physicians, lawyers, international businesses and consumers worldwide, SpeechTrans offers real-time translation with outstanding clarity and minimal processing delay. SpeechTrans services are available on PCs, smartphones, tablets, social networks, telephones, wearable devices and more. As a member of the ngConnect Program and a Microsoft Managed Partner, SpeechTrans works closely with the Microsoft development teams and has partnered with HP, Dell, Nokia, Intel, Nuance, VerbalizeIT and Spoken Translation to eliminate language barriers worldwide. Learn more at www.speechtrans.com

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A Patent-Pending Application Programming Interface, SpeechOne API Launched

 June 18, 2014
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SpeechTrans Inc., a major provider of advanced translation technology, recently introduced its patent-pending application programming interface: SpeechOne API.

Officials said that SpeechOne API allows people to verbally communicate with digital devices that don’t have microphones. It enables accurate voice recognition, transcription and translation on any device, in real-time.

The new API is now available for white labeling and is also featured in Remote Mic, a feature new to SpeechTrans Ultimate for Windows 8.1.

Hewlett-Packard (News  – Alert) has already begun pilot testing the SpeechOne API with plans to add its functionality to the virtual meeting application HP MyRoom.

SpeechOne API can handle conversations of varied lengths in 44 different languages. It has the ability to recognize voice commands via a smartphone or other device with a microphone and then transfer information to other digital devices via the cloud.

Companies, with the help of the new API can develop ‘Smart Homes’ in which a smartphone or tablet can control lighting, ovens, microwaves and other appliances all by voice command.

“The API technology actually comes from SpeechTrans Ultimate for Hearing Impaired, which allows the hearing impaired to make phone calls without assistance from a human operator,” explained Yan Auerbach, COO of SpeechTrans, in a press statement.

He further added: “In conversation with our partners at Microsoft (News  – Alert), we realized the base technology could be used for an extraordinary range of applications as an API. Now, our partners are discovering uses for it that we never considered. The most advanced applications could transform the way we interact with everything from cars, airplanes and industrial equipment to home appliances, vending machines and much more.”

Optimized for use with the SpeechTrans Bluetooth Wristband Watch, the SpeechOne API, in the near future will allow users to submit speech-to-text translations for review by a human interpreter for a low cost, guaranteeing 100 percent accuracy.

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