'Star Trek Into Darkness' Head-To-Head: 9 Not-So-Out-Of-This-World Technologies


Translation plays a big role in "Star Trek Into Darkness," as one wrong move -- or syllable -- could trigger an intergalactic war. On the whole, translation tech has come a long way, and it can be found in a number of modern-day apps, such as the SayHi Translate app, which translates a user's spoken word into text, or Wordictionary, an image-based translator app. However, none of those work as effortlessly as Star Trek's universal translator, which scans brain-wave frequencies to output translations. Now, if those apps could be integrated into something like Google Glass, taking images it processes through its visor or a spoken foreign language it picks up and translating it on the visor for the wearer to read, we'd be slightly closer. But, at least we can translate not one but two Klingon dialects, Klingon and Klingon (Kronos), thanks to Microsoft's Bing Translator. That's one small step for browser translators, one giant leap for Trekies.

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