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Communication System with a Reliable Bidirectional Voice-to-Voice Translation Tool Disclosure Number: IPCOM000193757D
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-09
Document File: 6 page(s) / 91K

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A reliable telecommunication network system comprising a translation processor or tool, language recognition unit and a feedback verification device is disclosed. The translation processor manages translation requests based on a variety of mechanisms including automatic incoming language detection, incoming language translation and verification of translated outgoing language. Preferably, such bidirectional translation tool and associated services are provided for remote callers using devices, such as land phones, cell phones, PDAs, laptops, and/or any other portable electronic communication devices.

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Communication System with a Reliable Bidirectional Voice -to-Voice Translation Tool

1. BACKGROUND: Nowadays our life often deals with multi-race, multi-culture and people speaks with different languages. We live in a global village and work in a multi-national firm where we are accustomed to meet, to deal with, to work with people from all around the world. For example, when we are travelling to a foreign country where the people in the country speaks a variety of dialect, for example, Europe, China or India. If we do not speak the local language, it becomes a major barrier and we could hardly get around with the transportation, sight-seeing or even with routines such as food ordering, finding bathroom, etc.

    There are translation products available in the market today, for example a small portable device which we can key in text language we are familiar with (first language) and be translated into the language we want (second language). However this kind of translation tool only works if we know what languages are using. The device is also often bulky, slow, difficult to use and more importantly not reliable. In other words, the usefulness is limited and questionable. Another scenario would be when carrying conversation with a group of people where everybody talks in their own languages, for example, in World Union Leadership Meeting or United nation. The leaders are speaking in their own native languages and human translators are required to translate the speech in real time. The translation capability and skill of human translators are limited and prompt to make mistake. Both examples mentioned above suffer a common difficulty, that is, no guarantee on the accuracy of the translated output which is not verified by the speaking party. It often results in misunderstanding, miscommunication and eventually waste of time and resources and total frustration. Therefore, a real time, reliable, low-cost and convenient translation tool and service are urgently needed.

2. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION: A bidirectional translation tool for the-state-of-the-art communication system proposed would allow users to conduct voice-to-voice translation between a first language and second language in-wire or wirelessly. The translation tool (or processor) which automatically detects the incoming languages is able to perform real-time translation and monitor translated languages for accuracy. The design of such translation tool is aimed to conduct translation and verification in parallel to drastically cut down the lag time. The translation tool can be attached or integrated with a mobile switch center and offer it as a paid service.

    Referring to Fig-1, a flow chart 100 of language detection, translation and verification system to be used for communication is illustrated. In the system, caller A speaking with language A dials in a phone number trying to communicate with caller B speaking with language B 110 in a conventional way. When caller...