Wednesday, December 31

PDA translates speech

PDA translates speech - in a very limited domain of Medical speak, researchers have written software to run on an iPAQ that can translate Arabic->English and English->Arabic for medical speech and have also written software to translate street signs from digital photos taken with the PDA.

With PDAs being as fast as computers were 4 or 5 years ago, they have plenty of CPU power for speech recognition. Their biggest limitation is the small amount of storage space on the devices. Give them a few more years and they'll have software like this bundled with the devices! (They have Handwriting recognition bundled with them already. Speech would be a much quicker/easier way to use the device - and would allow for usage while driving a car/etc)

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