Turn Your iPhone Into a Double-Sided Translation Machine

Instead of giving you a one-way translator so you can show someone what you're trying to say and hope they can respond in a way you understand, the Converse iPhone app allows for two-way conversations. » 5/04/10 2:40pm 5/04/10 2:40pm

Google Working On Speech-To-Speech Translation Phone, AKA, Your Own…

Google already runs a successful online translator, Google Translate, but they've got far-loftier ideas than simply converting the written word. They want to translate languages spoken over the phone, according to their head of translation services. » 2/08/10 4:38am 2/08/10 4:38am

iPhone App Interprets Babies' Tears While Excusing Pathetic Parenting

The Cry Translator iPhone app is supposed to assist those with little parental instinct by translating the sobs and screams of their children and providing advice. How ever did we all make it to adulthood without apps like this? » 11/06/09 12:20am 11/06/09 12:20am

Iranian Invents Multilingual Talking Book Reader

There's not a lot of information about this invention from Ramin Sedighi of Iran, except that it's a device with an electronic pen that scans words of a book and says them aloud. The news clip says that the device will teach languages to children ages 4 to 16, and that it can also "explain" pictures. Here's the… » 12/27/07 11:37am 12/27/07 11:37am

NEC Phone Translates Spoken Voice Into Touristy Demands

A newly developed phone from NEC will take the spoken words of Japanese tourists and turn them into an English translation on the fly. The translator's 50,000 word vocab is geared towards the typical tourist pleas: "Can I have a subway route map?" "How far away is the hotel?" and "Where can I find decent Japanese food… » 11/30/07 8:42am 11/30/07 8:42am