The advent of the internet into our lives has pushed ahead with the idea of “One World” quite ahead. One does not need to take travel to other countries to find their culture and traditions as a click on the mouse button does it all. However, one hindrance that still creates a lot of confusion is a language barrier and that is why learning a foreign language is considered a big plus. Understanding a new foreign language is extremely frustrating and it is not always feasible to get tutored for this purpose. Using a translating application is an easy solution, but it takes away the essence of voice and expression. Hence, it is quite a challenge to verbally communicate with somebody having a different native language, unless, you have a voice based language translator. A great option indeed, but would definitely be a hefty purchase on the pocket. What if we take down the costing hurdle, would you get it? How about making one? Yes, you can DIY a language translator using a Raspberry Pi, a computer, headset and of course, the internet.
With the codes being available open source and the using Google Translator and Microsoft’s Translation API, the DIY translator can be used to understand almost all popular foreign languages. In addition to voice translation, the original text and converted can also be seen on the computer screen. Other add-on features include voice recognition and native speaker playback.
Innovated by Raspberry Pi lover Dave Conroy this DIY achieves a rare feat of simplifying communication. Imagine the possibility of easy interaction when there is no such language barrier. Not just useful for curious minds, this is also useful for frequent travelers learn the language of the place they are on the way too. Being an open source program, one can add further improvements to make a fully-fledged learning program with user interactive interfaces.
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