SpeechTrans Launches Translation App

SpeechTrans has launched its language translation app of the same name for the iPhone. Powered by Nuance Communications’ Dragon voice technology, the app translates spoken language effortlessly and naturally, allowing users to talk into their iPhone in one language, and then hear a natural voice speaking the translated words in another.

SpeechTrans translates the user’s voice for instant playback in a second language, making it ideal for quick translations and conversations between multiple parties that do not have a common language.  The voice-enablement of the app was developed through Nuance’s Mobile Developer Program.

“We created SpeechTrans to make business and pleasure travel more efficient and more fun,” says SpeechTrans CEO, John Frei. “Studying foreign languages is always wonderful, but not every traveller has time for a lengthy language course. SpeechTrans is the perfect translator when you don’t know the language, and helps fill the gaps if you’re still learning.”

Both uni-directional and bi-directional language versions are being developed for translation between English and Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, German, and Portuguese, with additional languages being added to the platform continuously. The initial launch offers a bi-directional English/German app with English/Spanish uni-directional, making it easy for a German or Spanish-speaking person to hold a conversation with an English-speaking person in near-real time, without the aid of a third-party human translator.

In addition to speaking directly into the app, users can also take advantage of the text-to-speech interface, and can both hear and read the original spoken words and the translations. The added utility of the text function allows users to correct spellings in the translations, using the iPhone’s international keyboard settings. The recordings or the text translations can be emailed or saved for future reference, and the app also boasts Twitter and Facebook integration. It comes with 500 preloaded transcriptions; additional transcriptions can be bought as needed. It also comes with free, unlimited text-to-speech translations.

The app is available now for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, with Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia versions in the pipeline. The uni-directional English-to-Spanish version costs $9.99 (£6.30) with a free upgrade when the bi-directional version is available; thereafter the bi-directional version will be priced at $19.99. A fully bi-directional English-German version is currently available for $19.99.