This iPhone application, currently in beta, translates Arabic speech into English, and vice versa. It has been especially crafted for US diplomats and troops who don?t speak Arabic, although something tells me it won?t be long until consumers get the same functionality, albeit with multiple languages support.
If the video below is any indication, Sakhr?s machine translator is more accurate than any existing language translator. It also appears to be years ahead of Google?s VoiceSearch.
The app works just like Google?s iPhone app: Simply hold down a button and speak aloud a sentence in English or Arabic. The software then beams a resulting voice sample up to the cloud, where voice recognition algorithms parse digital data into raw text. The text, along with a text-to-speech audio file, is sent back and displayed/played back on your device.
You can see more about it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW9m9230LnA&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.geek.com%2Farticles%2Fmobile%2Fthe-future-is-now-star-trek-like-language-translator-debuts-on-the-iphone-2009072%2Fcomment-pa&feature=player_embedded