Multilingual Speech Translation Application
VoiceTra

News & Update History


2018

Server Aug. 6, 2018
The following updates have been made to the server:
- Added names of tourist spots in Gifu Prefecture to the proper noun dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
Android Jun. 14, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.8 for Android has been released.
- Spanish, German, and Russian speech synthesis have been supported.
- Dutch, Turkish, Hungarian, Hindi, Portuguese, and Malay speech recognition have been disabled.
- Turkish, Hungarian, Hindi, Polish, Malay, and Mongolian speech synthesis have been disabled.
- Minor bug fixes.
iOS Jun. 14, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.4 for iOS has been released.
- Spanish, German, and Russian speech synthesis have been supported.
- Dutch, Turkish, Hungarian, Hindi, Portuguese, and Malay speech recognition have been disabled.
- Turkish, Hungarian, Hindi, Polish, Malay, and Mongolian speech synthesis have been disabled.
- Minor bug fixes.
Server Jun. 5, 2018
The following updates have been made to the server:
- Improved Thai speech recognition accuracy.
- Added names of tourist spots in Tohoku Region to the proper noun dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko, zh-TW)
- Added names of tourist spots in Gifu City to the proper noun dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko, fil, pt-BR, zh-TW)
- The speech synthesis volume level has been increased for all supported languages speech output is available with.
Android Apr. 25, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.7 for Android has been released.
- Minor stylistic fixes.
iOS Apr. 25, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.3 for iOS has been released.
- Added a field for Inquiry Number in the settings screen.
Android Apr. 11, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.6 for Android has been released.
- Added a notification feature which will display notifications accordingly.
- The screen displayed during speech input has been updated.
- Minor bug fixes.
iOS Apr. 11, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.2 for iOS has been released.
- Added a notification feature which will display notifications accordingly.
- The screen displayed during speech input has been updated.
- Minor bug fixes.
Server Apr. 4, 2018
The following updates have been made to the server:
- Improved Japanese and Spanish speech recognition accuracies.
Server Feb. 6, 2018
The following updates have been made to the server:
- Improved Japanese, Indonesian, Spanish, and French speech recognition accuracies
- Improved Korean speech synthesis quality
- Added names of Japan's World Heritage sites, National Treasures, Shinto deities, and Buddhas to the proper noun dictionary (ja, en, ko)
- Added names and titles of Japanese Cabinet Ministers to the proper noun dictionary (ja, en, zh, ko)
- More Japanese corporate names have been supported (ja, en)
Android Jan. 29, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.5 for Android has been released.
- Speech recognition and synthesis for Chinese (Traditional) have been supported.
- Yamaha Corporation's "OMOTENASHI GUIDE" app can now be activated via VoiceTra.
iOS Jan. 26, 2018
VoiceTra ver.6.1 for iOS has been released.
- Speech recognition and synthesis for Chinese (Traditional) have been supported.
- Yamaha Corporation's "OMOTENASHI GUIDE" app can now be activated via VoiceTra.

2017

Android Dec. 6, 2017
VoiceTra ver.6.4 for Android has been released.
- You can now choose between male/female voices for speech output.
- Now supports Android8.
iOS Nov. 23, 2017
VoiceTra ver.6.0 for iOS has been released.
- Screen rotation is now supported for iPads.
- You can now choose between male/female voices for speech output.
Server Nov. 7, 2017
The following updates have been made to the server:
- Improved English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Myanmar speech recognition accuracies.
- Added generic names of pharmaceuticals to the dictionary. (ja, en)
iOS Sep. 22, 2017
VoiceTra ver.5.7 for iOS has been released.
Supports iOS11.
Server Sep. 12, 2017
The following updates have been made to the server:
- Deep learning has been applied to Japanese speech synthesis.
- Added names of tourist spots in Japan which were provided by Recruit Communications Co., Ltd. as part of the results from the commissioned research carried out with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, to the dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
- Added names of tourist spots near Omagari, Akita Prefecture to the proper noun dictionary. (ja, en, ko)
Android Sep. 1, 2017
VoiceTra ver.6.3 for Android has been released.
Android Jul. 11, 2017
VoiceTra ver.6.2 for Android has been released.
Khmer speech recognition has been supported.
Now supports Zawgyi-One for Myanmar.
iOS Jul. 4, 2017
VoiceTra ver.5.6 for iOS has been released.
Khmer speech recognition has been supported.
Server Jun. 28, 2017
The following updates have been made to the server:
- Translation accuracies between Japanese and English have improved significantly with the implementation of AI translation technology.
- Improved Korean speech recognition accuracy.
- Added medical-related terms to the dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
Android Jun. 1, 2017
VoiceTra ver.6.1 for Android has been released.
Spanish speech recognition has been supported.
iOS May 25, 2017
VoiceTra ver.5.5 for iOS has been released.
Spanish speech recognition has been supported.
iOS Apr. 27, 2017
VoiceTra ver.5.4.4 for iOS has been released.
Server Apr. 25, 2017
The following updates have been made to the server:
  • Added names of food and drink menus provided by BizitJapan Inc. to the dictionary. (ja, en)
  • Added proper nouns related to sightseeing in Kyushu provided by Kumamoto Institute of Computer Software Co., Ltd. to the dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
  • Added proper nouns related to sightseeing in Hokkaido provided by Docon Co., Ltd. to the dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
  • Added terms related to shopping which were provided by Panasonic System Solutions Japan Co., Ltd. as part of the results from the contract research carried out by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, to the dictionary. (ja, zh)
  • Added terms related to school/education which were provided by the following organizations, with the support from Visiting Associate Professor Hideki Wakabayashi of Faculty of International Studies, Utsunomiya University, to the dictionary (Speech Translation: ja, en, zh, ko / Text Translation: (in addition to ja, en, zh, ko) Spanish, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Filipino):
    - Faculty of International Studies, Utsunomiya University:
    “Vocabulary List of Junior High School Subjects”
    - Sano City Board of Education:
    “List of Event Names in Multiple Languages”
    - Council of Local Authorities for International Relations:
    “Standard Translation List in Multiple Languages”
    - Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education Secretariat:
    “List of Sample Words and Conversations in School Life”
  • Added the following proper nouns to the dictionary:
    - Names of local mascot characters (ja, en, ko)
    - Names of VIPs (key officials) of the world (ja, en, ko)
    - Names of roadside stations (ja, en)
  • Improved Japanese, English, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Myanmar speech recognition accuracies.
  • French speech recognition server, formerly operated by The Computer Science Laboratory for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (LIMSI – Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l'Ingénieur), is now being operated at NICT.
Android Apr. 21, 2017
VoiceTra ver.6.0 for Android has been released.
Now supports screen rotation (tablet devices only).
Server Feb. 14, 2017
The following updates have been made to the server:
  • Added names of tourist spots in Japan and names of hospitals provided by JTB Corporate Sales, Inc., to the dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
  • Added terms related to 1) aircraft and ships (ja, en, zh, ko), 2) Japanese culture, festivals, and events (ja, en, zh, ko), 3) food and cuisine (ja, en, zh, ko), and 4) sake (ja, en, zh), to the dictionary.
  • Improved Thai, Chinese, and Korean speech recognition accuracies.
  • Switched the speech synthesis voice for Thai from female to male in order to match the gender of the translation results.

2016

iOS Dec. 6, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.4.3 for iOS has been released.
Android Dec. 6, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.4.3 for Android has been released.
Server Dec. 6, 2016
The following updates have been made to the server:
  • Added 500 names of the best regional products of Japan provided by Revamp Corporation, to the dictionary. (ja, en)
  • Added about 84,700 terms related to culture, food, sports, animals and plants, roads, and sightseeing, to the dictionary. (ja, en)
  • Improved Vietnamese speech recognition accuracy.
  • Improved translation accuracies on topics such as residence, consumption, telecommunications, child rearing, employment, education, and vacation, between each of the following languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Myanmar, and Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Thai speech synthesis server, formerly operated by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) is now being operated at NICT.
Server Oct. 4, 2016
The following updates have been made to the server:
  • Added the following proper nouns to the dictionary:
    - Names of railway companies (ja, en)
    - Ward names of ordinance-designated cities in Japan (ja, en)
    - Street names and intersection names of Kyoto City (ja, en)
    - Winning techniques in Sumo (ja, en)
    - 44 terms related to disaster prevention, such as “Regional disaster prevention radio” and “emergency route” (ja, en, zh)
  • Added names of sightseeing spots in Kanagawa Prefecture provided by the Kanagawa Taxi Association, to the dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
  • Added names of sightseeing spots in Japan provided by “japan-guide.com,” to the dictionary. (ja, en, zh, ko)
  • Added 599 terms used in rugby provided by the Japan Rugby Football Union and the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee, to the dictionary. (ja, en)
  • Improved English, Indonesian, and Myanmar speech recognition accuracies.
  • Fixed the issue where ordinal numbers were missing in the translation results of some of the languages, such as Italian and Portuguese.
iOS Oct. 3, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.4.2 for iOS has been released.
Android Oct. 3, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.4.2 for Android has been released.
Server Sep. 12, 2016
Aug. 29 The following updates have been made to the server:
- Added names of IC transport cards, trains, railway lines, music genres,Pokemon characters, etc.
- Improved Chinese and Korean speech recognition accuracies.
iOS Jul. 13, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3.2 for iOS has been released.
- Now supports speech synthesis and recognition for Brazilian Portuguese.
Android Jul. 13, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3.2 for Android has been released.
- Now supports speech synthesis and recognition for Brazilian Portuguese.
iOS Jun. 1, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3.1 for iOS has been released.
- Some of the languages that were available as trial versions have been officially supported.
Android Jun. 1, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3.1 for Android has been released.
- Some of the languages that were available as trial versions have been officially supported.
Android May 17, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3 for Android has been released.
iOS May 9, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3 for iOS has been released.
iOS Feb. 4, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.2 for iOS has been released.
Android Feb. 3, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.2 for Android has been released.

2015

Android Dec. 2, 2015
VoiceTra ver.5.1 for Android has been released.
iOS Dec. 1, 2015
VoiceTra ver.5.1 for iOS has been released.

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