LYNDHURST, N.J., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SpeechTrans Inc., a provider of advanced translation technology, today launched SpeechOne API, a patent-pending application programming interface that will allow people to verbally communicate with digital devices that don't have microphones. Hewlett-Packard (HP) has already begun pilot testing the SpeechOne API with plans to add its functionality to the virtual meeting application HP MyRoom. Available for white labeling, the new API is also featured in Remote Mic, a feature new to SpeechTrans Ultimate for Windows 8.1.
The Future of Smart Devices
A patent-pending technology, SpeechOne API enables accurate voice recognition, transcription and translation on any device, in real-time. The API can handle conversations of any length in 44 different languages. The API has the unique ability to recognize voice commands via a smartphone or other device with a microphone and then transfer information to other digital devices via the cloud. Potentially, this will allow companies to develop 'Smart Homes' in which a smartphone or tablet can control lighting, ovens, microwaves, air condition and other appliances all by voice command.
"The API technology actually comes from SpeechTrans Ultimate for Hearing Impaired, which allows the hearing impaired to make phone calls without assistance from a human operator," explained Yan Auerbach, COO of SpeechTrans. "In conversation with our partners at Microsoft, we realized the base technology could be used for an extraordinary range of applications as an API. Now, our partners are discovering uses for it that we never considered. The most advanced applications could transform the way we interact with everything from cars, airplanes and industrial equipment to home appliances, vending machines and much more."
Remote Mic in SpeechTrans Ultimate
SpeechTrans Ultimate Windows 8.1 users can now activate a new Remote Mic feature that relies on SpeechOne API. While SpeechTrans normally limits translations to 55 seconds in length, the SpeechOne API enables any regular telephone to be used as a Remote Mic to record, transcribe and translate conversation of any length. This means that Remote Mic can be used to capture lectures, business meeting minutes, medical notes, court proceedings and much more. All dictations and translations are automatically backed up in the cloud for safekeeping.
SpeechTrans IntelliConference bridge allows the SpeechOne API to set up conference calls with up to 500 people. However, unlike typical conference calls which require people to dial in, a single person can enter everyone's number and send an outgoing call that lets everyone join the bridge simultaneously. This reduces the chances of missed meetings, tardiness and time wasted getting everyone onto the call. The conference then automatically gets transcribed and emailed to all the participants.
Hewlett-Packard Pilot Testing
The SpeechOne API has now undergone testing at HP. The company already uses a SpeechTrans API to power translations on MyRoom, a virtual meeting application. In addition to the benefits described above, HP would be able to make MyRoom truly mobile. The current version requires a microphone plugged into a computer, but a version with SpeechOne API would simply require a smartphone or tablet. The recording would then be saved in the cloud and available from any device.
SpeechOne API is currently available on the Windows Azure marketplace. SpeechTrans can host SpeechOne API for OEM clients, or they may use their own Windows Azure cloud services.
The SpeechOne API is optimized for use with the SpeechTrans Bluetooth Wristband Watch, which is designed for hands free conversation and dictation. In the near future, users will be able to submit speech-to-text translations for review by a human interpreter for a low cost, guaranteeing 100 percent accuracy.
Currently, Remote Mic is available for $39 per month on SpeechTrans Ultimate for Windows 8.1. iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 editions of SpeechTrans will soon include this feature.
SpeechTrans is the world's most advanced speech-to-speech translator. Used by the U.S. Army, governments, educators, physicians, lawyers, international businesses and consumers worldwide, SpeechTrans offers real-time translation with outstanding clarity and minimal processing delay. SpeechTrans services are available on PCs, smartphones, tablets, social networks, telephones, wearable devices and more. As a member of the ngConnect Program and a Microsoft Managed Partner, SpeechTrans works closely with the Microsoft development teams and has partnered with HP, Dell, Nokia, Intel, Nuance, VerbalizeIT and Spoken Translation to eliminate language barriers worldwide. Learn more at www.speechtrans.com.