Voice Translation Now Available in Chrome 7
By on September 1st, 2010

Pack the bags … I’m heading up to Quebec for summer vacation. Now that there’s a web browser that can translate my English to French, I’m ready to ask for directions, locate the nearest restroom or order food at a restaurant. All it takes is my netbook, the developer’s version of Google Chrome web browser and a trip to this website.

english-to-french

Click on the little microphone icon. When it turns red, you can start talking to it. Click the microphone once again and it interprets your speech, then it speaks the same sentence in French. Amazing!

I found out about this today at the ChromeSource blog. Last week, I remember asking people what was new in Chrome 7, because I didn’t see much difference. Now I know that in addition to the support for Chrome Web Apps, Google coders have added the ability to talk to the web browser. Although that’s not really new, since   Opera’s had voice abilities for quite some time now, it’s new to me, and I’m excited about the possible new uses for something like this. Maybe in a few months, I’ll be able to talk to Gmail and have it type the email for me?


If you have your own tips on using Chrome, or it’s problems, be sure to comment below or email me.


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  • http://www.pallab.net Pallab De

    Btw why is French the dominant language in Quebec? This oddity has always puzzled me.

    • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

      The French were the first to settle that region. They were great explorers and tradesmen. They were friendly with Indians and the English, as long as the English were buying their wares. LOL

      • Daniel

        Ha! Wonder if some Americans can still remember from their history books about the times where the French and the Spanish shared all of the present U.S. territory?
        If you’re in Québec City during the next few weeks, let me know Clif!

        Thanks for the “about:labs” tip to Canary.
        Doesn’t work for Google Notebook (on iGoogle).
        I know, i know, they’re not supporting it anymore but it’s still there for original users.

 
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