Vocre mobile app aims to simplify language translation (video)

The free translation app for the iPhone and iPad makes it possible for users to converse with someone in another language--no phrase book required. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das gets a demo.

Foreign-language phrase books or dictionaries often only get you so far if you're a beginner trying to hold a conversation in your non-native language.

But a mobile app called Vocre aims to make such a conversation "as simple as record, review, and translate," according to Andrew Lauder, founder of MyLanguage, which created the app.

To get a conversation going, the app uses some of the same technology that powers Siri, Apple's voice assistant, as well as audio technology from a company called iSpeech. MyLanguage is also using a crowdsourcing model so that the translation technology gets better over time, says Lauder. The founder recently gave SmartPlanet a demonstration and talks about some of the challenges in developing a such an app.

This video originally appeared on SmartPlanet with the headline "Mobile app makes language translation more seamless."

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