Microsoft TechFest is an opportunity for developers and researchers to preview some pretty oddball technology advances, but one of the more down to earth applications might just revolutionize the way international business meetings are conducted. The new "Microsoft Translating Telephone" allows users to communicate in different languages, and experience voice to text translation on the fly.
A representative from Cnet attending the conference claims they were able to comfortably carry on a normal conversation with a second party in German, and while it wasn't perfect, it looked pretty darn close. No announcements were made on when if ever this would become available to the public, but clearly it addresses a pretty important need.
If they could wrap this up into a nice tidy little application for Windows Phone 7 I dare say they would have the killer app for mobile business professionals who would suddenly find themselves able to order a beer in any language.
The Translating Telephone is tied in my books with the Air Guitar for best TechFest tech demo. Which one are you rooting for?
Since the advent of web2.0 and the nefarious abundance of fallacy in news stories propagated by the mainstream media, an increasing number of individuals have begun turning to the Internet and subsequently Youtube to find and view political coverage. Youtube has become a haven for political junkies consequently plumping the site with snarky commentary arguing every point of view from here to Guantanamo bay. Recognizing this high degree of politically charged activity Google has decided to debut one of its innovative new technologies on what could be called the 'Youtube Politics Homepage'.
Will this new tech bring about a shift in the way politicians attempt to garner votes? Have Politicians attempted to manipulate the technology in their favor?