I heard on the Marketplace Tech Report podcast that the Chrome web browser lets you talk into your computer’s microphone and translates what you say into text. I gave it a spin, and it's fun to work with!
Here's how to try it our for yourself:
- Download the free Chrome web browser from www.google.com/chrome/
- Once Chrome is installed, go to Google Translate at translate.google.com/
- If you're using a laptop computer, it probably has an internal microphone you can speak into. If not, you can plug in an external microphone (Winnefox distributed one per library).
- Use the dropdown menu to select English as the "from" language, and then the microphone icon appears in the bottom right corner of the text box
- Click the microphone icon
- Talk into the microphone, and watch as it types what you said — or at least, what it thought you said.
As John Moe said in his report, "This could be a big help to people who have a hard time using a keyboard. It could also signal the way for making it easier to use the keyboard less and less."
• read the Marketplace Tech Report post Chrome 11 Has More Integrated Google Translate
• listen to the Marketplace Tech Report podcast episode — skip to the 3:00 minute mark to go right to the Chrome info