How technology can bridge the language barrier at events
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Text: Google Translate’s Visual Translator
Indecipherable signs and notices are read and decoded by the tool, and translated into the user’s own language. This makes on-the-spot translation of instructions, directions and even road signs, a reality. Google's Translate App has the potential to make delegates’ lives much easier when arriving in and navigating their way around a foreign city.
Video: Skype Translator (in preview stage)
Short for ‘Droid Translator’, DROTR is a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service that simultaneously translates voice and video calls.
While it only operates on Android devices, as its name suggests, DROTR is finding use as a way to overcome language difficulties when trying to book and organise services abroad. For event organisers and travel bookers, this could be a handy tool when dealing with venues and suppliers in far-flung overseas locations. The combination of voice recognition and voice synthesis also opens up possibilities for live addresses and presentations at conferences, across language barriers.
So it seems that the future is bright when it comes to bridging the language barrier. As new technology comes into use, the possibilities for more connected and cohesive events becomes ever greater.
Planning to host an event abroad? Read more on our Destination Management page.