CMU (Carnegie-Mellon University) computer science graduate student Stan Jou, 34, of Shadyside, stood
before the audience yesterday morning with 11 tiny electrodes affixed
to the muscles of his cheeks, neck and throat.
The Taiwan native then mouthed -- without speaking aloud -- the
following phrase in Mandarin Chinese: "Let me introduce our new
The sensors captured electrical signals from Jou's facial
muscles when they moved to form the silent Chinese words. In a matter
of seconds, this information traveled to a computer that recognized the
words and translated them into English and Spanish. The phrase was then
displayed on a screen and spoken by the computer in both languages.
This is InterAct, a translation system right out of Hitchhiker's Guide, which, in real world application, would display translations on the inside of a set of "translation goggles" that, according to Engaget:
languages and subtitle your field of vision with translated text, or focused-sound translation “beams” that can make a
room of internationals like a wireless, computerized session of the UN.
Come on in and talk. Or drop off one of your random bursts of verbal energy -- poem, limerick, story, top ten list, clerihew, essay, rant, Surrealist or Dadaist poem, parody, cento, dirty joke, amusing syllepsis, dirty syllepsis, haiku, dirty haiku . . . to share.
Note: My internet connection has been unreliable and pissy lately, so if blogging remains light, make a voodoo doll of Insight Broadband and stick pins in it for me. Happy Halloween!
Tomorrow is the day the Zombie Robin story must come to an end for good or ill. Can anyone step up to the plate and scare the pants off the rest of us for Halloween? I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to something apocalyptic down at Rick's.
Composer Nico Muhly, who has been compared to Philip Glass with a liberal dash of Spike Jones, has written an "operatic song
cycle" based on Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style." It premiered on Oct. 19 in the New York
Public Library. One of the songs goes, ""Do not use a hyphen between two words that can better be written as one word." Catchy ain't it?