SRI International is running a field test of in Iraq with 32 Windows XP laptops loaded with IraqComm, an advanced translation tool that allows english speakers to have an impromptu two-way conversation with Iraqi’s in arabic.
The software allows a person to speak into a microphone, the words are analyzed on the computer. The computer screen displays a validation of the phrases. The person can then click a button to confirm that the computer heard the english words correctly, and the computer speaks the phrase in arabic. If the computer gets the phrase slightly wrong, close variations are offered which can be selected and played immediately as well. The conversion of the english speach into text is run on SRI software called DynaSpeak developed in conjunction with USC in Los Angeles.
IraqComm has a 40,000 word english vocabulary and a 50,000 word Iraqi arabic vocabulary.