Multilingual Speech Translation Application
VoiceTra

News & Update History


2017

Mar. 13, 2017
The network will be disconnected due to maintenance during the following period:
Tuesday, March 28th, 12AM-6AM (JST) UTC+9:00 (disconnection will take place a few times and each may last up to 1-10 minutes)
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
Feb. 15, 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

Dec. 6, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.4.3 for iOS and Android has been released.

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.
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.
Oct. 3, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.4.2 for iOS and Android has been released.
Sep. 26, 2016
Due to maintenance, the servers will be temporarily stopped during the following period:
Thursday, September 29th, 10AM-11AM (JST) UTC+9:00 (for approx. 30 min.)
The app will be out of service during the above period.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
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.
Sep. 8, 2016
VoiceTra will be introduced on NHK WORLD "NHK NEWSLINE".
- Broadcast on the hour on Thursday, September 15th "NHK NEWSLINE"
See below for more information on how to watch the program:
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/
*You may experience problems using VoiceTra right after the broadcast due to network congestion. In this case, please wait for a while and try again later.
Jul. 13, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3.2 for iOS and Android has been released.
- Now supports speech synthesis and recognition for Brazilian Portuguese.
Jun. 1, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3.1 for iOS and Android has been released.
- Some of the languages that were available as trial versions have been officially supported.
May 17, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3 for Android has been released.
May 9, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.3 for iOS has been released.
Feb. 4, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.2 for iOS has been released.
Feb. 3, 2016
VoiceTra ver.5.2 for Android has been released.

2015

Dec. 2, 2015
VoiceTra ver.5.1 for Android has been released.
Dec. 1, 2015
VoiceTra ver.5.1 for iOS has been released.
Nov. 20, 2015
We have released English version site.

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