The demand for real-time interpretation services has grown over the past few years. The globalization of businesses is a big factor behind it as opportunities for international trade have increased and opened international markets for businesses all around the world.
Seeing this trend, the tech world is working very hard to create technology that facilitates interpretation. Applications for smartphones are available that ‘hear’ the spoken language, transcribe it and analyze the content before offering an interpretation.
A machine interpreting solution offered by Lexifone is available in the market since 2013. A translation application called ViceTra can translate and interpret more than 26 languages for text and speech. A startup called Mymanu, based out of the UK has created Clik earbuds with a microchip, a microprocessor and a ‘brain’ that listens to the conversation and offers simultaneous interpretation/translation. Google Translate is another technology that has to switch from PBMT ( Phrase-Based Machine Translation) to GNMT (Google Neural Machine Translation). The latter is a new AI tech which saves the meanings behind phrases instead of just offering phrase translations.