A group of friends or colleagues speak in a language that you can’t understand – well, it’s not new anymore. Many M’sians facing the same problem at their workplaces. It’s pretty annoying when you are in meetings with your colleagues and suddenly, they converse in a different language and you’re just left clueless.
Should you act as you understand what they are saying? Or you could simply sit there pretending you are listening but you’re busy scrolling phone? For this genius guy, he knows how to tackle the problem like a pro. Rather than being clueless all the time, he decided to break the language barrier with an innovative tool.
“Every morning, we’d have a casual meeting at work. During the meeting, most of them would converse in Mandarin.”
This guy tweeted about his experience and the tweet is now has become viral with over 14,000 likes and 12,000 retweets! He shared that he was working at a software development company about six months ago and they often have casual meetings every morning.
The problem is, half the time during the meeting, most of his colleagues would converse in Mandarin and he can’t understand it. Most of the time, he’d be clueless.
Then he remembered about Google Pixel Buds that allows you to translate languages in real-time. But it’s really expensive
He remembered about Google Pixel Buds – a pair of wireless earbuds that allows the users to translate the language in a real-time. It’s really convenient. But, the earbuds would cost close to RM800. Roshen Maghhan decided to put his skills to the test and built his own real-time translator that only cost him less than RM100.
So, he decided to create the real-time language translator
For this “little” project, he needed Google Pixel Buds’ hardware information that can be obtained from the United States’ Federal Communications Commission, Google Translate API, Responsive Voice API and finally, earphones with a microphone.
Introducing a real-time language translator, created by a genius M’sian!
In his tweet, he shared in details how he acquired all the information. The result? He managed to build a real-time language translator that works on every platform, including Android, iOS and desktop.
The real-time translator is able to translate on the go and can even label different voices.
But the work didn’t stop there, he wanted to do more
Roshen decided to go beyond just translating the language. With his capability and skill, he wanted to make it better. He made the translator able to highlight certain words that are considered as a topic. Hence, the translator will give you a summary on the topic when you click on it.
What makes it even special is, he added the ability to differentiate voices known as voice diarisation. This feature let deaf people to be involved in the conversation.
Simply put the device on the table, and it’ll immediately create a transcript of the entire conversation in real-time. In his tweet, he made a joke that with the device, his colleagues can talk in any language and he’ll still understand.
“Are you planning to sell it?”
Everyone is asking Roshen if he decided to sell the device to the public. Look like everyone is facing the same problem and don’t want to be left clueless during the entire conversation.