” Interpreter Mode will translate what the user is saying into the selected language through synthetic speech, or into text if it’s being used with a Google Smart Display. “
Google has announced a number of new features and integrations for its AI-driven virtual assistant platform at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but one of the most remarkable has to be a new translation tool called Interpreter Mode.
Google says that in order to use the tool, all a user needs to do is say something along the lines of, “Hey Google, be my French interpreter” to launch it, and to then start talking. Interpreter Mode will translate what the user is saying into the selected language through synthetic speech, or into text if it’s being used with a Google Smart Display.
In a blog post announcing the new system, Google explained, “We see this technology expanding to more places—it could help you check in at a foreign hotel or help you understand the bus schedule.”
The company is showcasing a beta version of the system at CES in Las Vegas, with a Smart Interpreter module having been installed at the Caesars Palace concierge desk. Other pilot modules have been set up at the Dream Downtown hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.
As for a wider rollout, Google says its Interpreter Mode system will be integrated into Google Assistant on Google Home devices and Smart Displays “over the next few weeks”, though it seems very likely that Android smartphones – and really any mobile devices capable of running Google Assistant – will be the ultimate destination for this new showcase of Google’s flagship voice-based AI platform.
Source: The Keyword