NEC develops speech interpretation software for cell phones


NEC today announced [JP] they developed automatic software for mobile phones  automatically translates travel-related words and phrases from Japanese to English and English to Japanese and that seems to be more advanced than this solution.

The company says their speech recognition software is tailor-made for cell phone CPUs and works very quickly. Phones don’t need network connections or outside servers, meaning that the embedded software can run anywhere.

Once the software is installed on a cell phone, users can see on-screen translations of words spoken into the handset’s microphone within approximately 2 seconds. NEC says users will be able to use a database of 50,000 frequently used Japanese words and 30,000 English words.

The company hasn’t given any details when the technology will be commercialized.