Translation tool aims to help soldiers converse with locals
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Aug 25, 2011
A defense contractor has introduced a technology system that aims to give troops on the front lines access to a team of language interpreters in real time who can help them carry on a conversation with locals, reports Spencer Ackerman at Wired’s Danger Room blog.
Lockheed Martin’s LinGO Link uses a specialized smart phone that runs on a proprietary data network and can connect the soldier and the local speaker to a local call center where a native speaker can translate their conversation.
While perhaps not a perfect solution — a translator in a call center is not picking up on visual cues from locals — it offers the military a possible alternative to the expensive proposition of hiring individuals to provide face-to-face language translation in areas where soldiers are deployed.