The Berlin-based company Audiantis is offering a public Beta version of its combined translation and speech output service "iSound TranSpeaker" free of charge for the duration of the currently running FIFA World Cup in Germany.
This enables e.g. an English speaking person to input a request or an order into the mobile device just to immediately receive the German translation as and audio stream. Equally, users can input an unfamiliar German text or phrase - e.g. from a newspaper or from a signpost - to receive the English translation.
The currently available Beta 0.8 provides German and English translations in both direction, each with one speaking voice. The complete process, from the translation to the audio stream generation is carried out on the server side, with the speech data immediately transmitted back to the mobile device.
The whole procedure takes less than 4 seconds per translation and is accompanied by background music. The service can be accessed under www.transpeaker.net, requiring either a Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition or Smartphone. To use iSound, the system requires a small player component which can be downloaded, from the iSound server to the Windows Mobile device (the installation files are CAB files to be downloaded to the device directly). Just download the player there and reload the iSoud page after installation.
According to Audiantis the service doesn't requires a high bandwidth. "GPRS is more than sufficient", reassures CTO Hardy Krause, announcing the release of a commercial service to follow the beta version, supporting further mobile operating systems and additional languages and voices.
iSound TranSpeaker works with Windows Mobile 2003 and 5.0 Pocket PCs and Smartphones. Please not that GPRS and possibly International Roaming charges apply.
Cheers ~ Arne