Skype Translator: Get your convos translated in real-time

June 23, 2015

There’s no doubt that Voice over IPs, with their virtually free platforms, have got the world talking.  Having to fork over an arm and a leg to keep the love alive with your partner, or hiking up your office phone’s bill to keep the business wheel turning  are things of the past. And while Skype is one of the pioneers that brought the technology to our fingertips, to the consternation of mobile service providers the world over,  they’ve  created room for even more chatter with their latest innovation: the Skype translator.

The difference is, the Skype translator can now break through international barriers to soon allow for an orb of communication between people from countries all over the world. While only limited to Spanish for spoken translations, soon speaking to someone of a different tongue won’t require a crash course in a new lingo. The Skype translator allows you to have fluid conversation in your own language while getting real-time voice and text translation on the fly.


The technology is designed in such a way so as to function like a human interpreter, so you can feel like a leading politician with everything you’re saying being translated in real-time. Better yet, the virtual interpreter is customizable, giving you the option to select between either a male or female voice, which listens in avidly to everything you have to say and translates accordingly. And if you’re speaking to a younger audience but have a tendency towards profanity, you can apply a filter. After you’ve spoken, it’s a matter of seconds before it blurts it back out in fluent Spanish, with shocking precision.


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While still in its embryonic phase, a public beta version is already available for windows 8.1 users. Check out the preview here.

by Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at ghassan@t3me.com.