Fair warning - I'm going to do at least two non-travelogue posts in the next few days. This would be the first and no I'm not happy with these photos - just ignore the jagged edges and focus on the important stuff k?
I saw a tweet about a Free Chat to Speech Translator offered by Ferd Frederix and thought it sounded pretty cool. An earlier version (I think) of the translator won the Helen Keller Scripting Contest in July of 2009. I've been playing with it inworld and learned the following:
- It automatically detects which language you want the chat translated to.
- I know it's a "translator" but it will convert chat to speech even if both are in the same language. It seems like a useful tool for those who have impaired sight - keeping up with chat is a huge problem.
- It's not instantaneous of course, so you'd get behind if the chat volume is big. But at least you'd know what was being said.
- It's incredibly easy to use. The instructions include:
- Although it says it must be used on an external browser - it actually works inworld without the browser being necessary. However, I haven't tested yet to see if everyone around you can hear it as well - that would be disruptive. :)
- Update: I meant to include a bullet here talking about the ability of this tool to give a voice to those who don't have one. Thank you to Uccello Poultry for reminding me of this in the comments! :)
- There are different versions for different viewers apparently. I've only tried the one for V2.
While I was taking photos for this post a bird came over to join me. Kevin is adorable .... so I brought him home. Check out all the fabulous free stuff before you leave to play with your translator.