So is this finally it? Is this the real-time language translator that will make talking with people in a foreign language as easy as it is in science fiction films, where it seems like everyone speaks English? Maybe. Sharp and IBM introduced this hand held device that the companies say can translate Japanese to English and vice versa in real time. It's set to ship at the end of this year for around $508.
This is not the first real-time handheld language translator, in fact there's one called the Talkman that works with the Sony PSP, and the military has been using similar technology since 2003. But this one could be a step in the right direction. We're looking forward to the day when these devices are the size of a hearing aid.
Sharp and IBM to release real-time translator [Sci Fi Tech]