Microsoft announced last week an amazing research product. They have been building programs that learns languages and continually evolves it’s understanding of those languages.
They’ve (Microsoft) have been able to implement this research piece into Skype and have done something amazing.. They can translate voice calls in real-time. In their demo they have a Skype call between an English and German caller and Skype translates the call allowing the callers to speak to each other without the language barriers.
This is amazing, no doubt it could evolve and be put into mobiles and other devices to help with international travel – both for personal and business. Tying it in with an app like Word Lens the future is a single language for everyone.