The artificial intelligence of Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, has just taken a step forward as its voice recognition tools now allow it to perform live translation.
We can easily think of several occasions where such a feature could be useful, such as serving a customer in a business if he does not master the spoken language, or even to ask for directions at the reception of a hotel when we are a tourist in another country.
For that, it is enough that the various businesses and hotels are equipped with an Echo device from Amazon, no more complicated than that!
The mix of existing technologies
To develop live translation, Amazon used some of its already existing technologies, including its automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech system.
Although these technologies are complex, their implementation is absolutely not. All you have to do is ask Alexa to start a chat and translate it into the language you want before you start speaking normally.
The voice assistant takes care of the rest and identifies spoken languages, translates them back and forth in real-time.
At the moment, this new feature recognizes seven languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Hindi, Italian and Brazilian Portuguese.
However, at present, this is only available on Echo devices whose primary language is set to US English. Fortunately, this is something Amazon plans to roll out on a larger scale in the coming months.