Super short post this week, but it’s a bit of very exciting news for any DD+ shoppers who want to buy bras and clothes from foreign countries that don’t share the same language.
Quick intro for those not familiar with the program Skype: It’s a service that lets you make calls (with or without video) over the internet. You can call other Skype members anywhere in the world for free, or call phone lines for a very small price (like a few cents per minute depending on the country).
At this week’s Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Skype announced and then demo’ed “real-time speech translation.” As you hold a conversation with another person, Skype will translate it into both spoken words and readable captions. As long as the person you’re calling has Skype, you can speak to anyone in any language, and it will translate your voice into their language and your voice into their language.
Here’s an article with more details: http://recode.net/2014/05/27/microsofts-skype-star-trek-language-translator-takes-on-tower-of-babel/
Do you realize what this means?? The struggle of using wonky Google translations and waiting days or weeks for an email response when ordering overseas could be a thing of the past! Imagine being able to call Comexim or Ewa Michalak (or any random foreign company) and get fit advice on the spot.
Supposedly this feature will be available in beta form later this year! It’ll start with just Windows computers, but the plan is to expand to Macs and all mobile devices.
Here’s a video from the conference. The demo starts at the 3-minute mark, and it works remarkably well: