14 Jan '11, 7am

An iPhone app that translates Chinese & Malay to English is being developed in Singapore

WE'VE all fumbled with unwieldy phrasebooks and dictionaries - probably to unintentionally hilarious effect - on our trips overseas. Technology to the rescue. Imagine saying a Chinese or Malay phrase into your iPhone or iPad, and having the device translate it instantly into English. Imagine how many frustrating conversations with taxi drivers you could avoid on your travels. When the NUS Speech Translation System app debuts on the iOS platform by the end of the year, you'll have two professors at the National University of Singapore - Associate Professor Ng Hwee Tou and Assistant Professor Sim Khe Chai - to thank. The two have been juggling their day jobs as lecturers at the NUS School of Computing while developing this app. Dr Ng was doing research on text translation while Dr Sim worked on automatic speech recognition. The Speech Translation System seemed a natural prod...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Tech/Mobileapps/EDC110114-0000...

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