English / 日本語

There has been a bug found in 'VoiceTra4U for iOS ver 3.2.1' where the app freezes at the splash screen the first time you launch the app.
Please close the app by pressing the 'Home Button' on your device and restart the app.
We are working diligently to fix this issue and the updated version should be released very soon.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.


iOS

Android


Overview (iOS)

VoiceTra4U is an easy-to-use speech translation app especially suitable for travel-related conversations.
The app consists of 2 modes; ‘Single Mode’ and ‘Chat Mode’. With Single Mode, you may input speech/text and have them translated into the selected language on your device. The Chat Mode allows you to link multiple devices to chat with up to 5 different language speakers, either face-to-face or remotely, and have your speech/text translated into the speakers' respective languages in real time. The app contributes not only to break the language barriers but modality barriers as well; for instance, communicating with the visually-impaired via speech, or with the hearing-impaired via text. The app covers 27 languages (30 languages including dialects). See the list of Languages for more information. The speech data collected from the app will be utilized for improving the speech translation technology being developed through U-STAR researches based on the 'Terms of Use'. The app is available for FREE on the App Store. *Packet data fee is not included.

How to Use (iOS)

Getting Started (Single Mode)
1. Single Mode   2. Input Speech   3. See Translation Results    
   
Tap the 'mic icon' at the bottom.   Speak into the mic when the above screen is displayed. Tap "Finish" when you're finished.   Tap the 'language icon' at the bottom right to switch languages.    

Selecting Languages (For Versions 2.6 or later)
1. Screen Components   2. Drag & Drop to Choose
Select the desired language from the language groups; 'Asia Languages' or
'World Languages'. The languages which are shown can be filtered according
to speech input/output capability. This is achieved by pressing the mic and
speaker buttons located near the bottom left corner of the screen.
  The source and target languages can be respectively selected by dragging the flag and dropping it near the top of the screen. The indicators on both sides of the selected flag show the speech input/output capabilities.
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Getting Started (Chat Mode)
1. Chat Mode   2. Sign Up   3. Find friends   4. Select friends and call
Tap the 'Chat icon' at the bottom left to start chat.   Create an account when using 'chat' for the first time. Tap 'language icon' at the bottom left to select language.   Search friends by user name.   Select friend(s) to chat with in the contact list and tap the "Call" button. You will be asked to input codes if a Friend Filter is set.
             
5. Calling   6. Begin Chat        
       
The chat will begin when your friend(s) respond.   After the chat begins, you can input speech or text and you'll see it translated into your friends' language.        

Feedback     
1. Feedback   2. Notify Speaker        
       
Tap the '?' icon if you don't understand the translated results.   You may send a request to ask the speaker to try again in different words.        
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Details (iOS)

  Single Mode

In 'Single Mode', you can test out the translation via speech/text input. Please refer to "Speak(Speech Input)" for speech input. Tap and activate the text input box to input text.

Tap the 'language icon' at the bottom to switch languages. You may also invert languages by switching the tab at the top.


  Speak(Speech input)

Hold your device close and speak into the mic. Tap 'Finish' when you're done and the spoken text will be displayed on the screen.


  User Information

You can create your page and add information such as your profile picture, which will be displayed in 'Chat Mode'. The language information specified here will also be used to improve translation accuracy.


  Contact List

The contact list is empty when you first install the app. Search friends and invite them to chat. To start chat, select the person/people and tap 'Chat'. You may chat with up to 5 people, including yourself, at the same time.


  Invite Friends to Chat

Receiving screen


Calling screen

Here are the examples of the 'Receiving Screen'(top) and the 'Calling Screen' (bottom). Tap the 'Answer' icon to start chat and 'Decline' to reject in the 'Receiving Screen'.


  Chat Mode

You may chat with your friends via speech/text input. Please refer to "Speak(Speech Input)" for speech input. Tap and activate the text input box to input text.

The text found in 'Reverse Translation' is the result of your speech; once translated into English and then back into your selected language. You may judge whether your speech has been properly translated and conveyed to others or not, by checking if the 'Reverse Translation' is matched or similar to what you have inputted.


Video (iOS)

Gathering with friends and looking up information on event in London.

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Making plans for the London Olympics. Purchasing a ticket from India.

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FAQ (iOS)

Compatible Models

Q: Is the application available for iPad or iPod touch?
A: The application can be used for iPad2, iPod touch (4G), and the succeeding models.


Fee Charge

Q: Does the packet flat-rate service cover the telecommunication fee for using this application?
A: Yes, it does.


Limitation of Chat Time

Q: Why is the time of chatting confined to one hour?
A: As the number of computers for this experiment is limited, we would like to restrict the chat time to one hour so that we’re able to offer our service to as many users as possible.


Operation Instructions

Q: I’d like to show foreign people how to use the application. How do I explain operation?
A: We have the preinstalled language service for operation instructions in Japanese, English, and Chinese within the application. When you configure a foreign language as an input language, and tap the question mark, "?" in the lower section of the screen, it shows the instructions in the language you selected. For instance, if you select Chinese (standard) as input language, the instructions are shown in Chinese (standard), while the explanation is in English for other languages.
   


Performance

Q: Some translations are wrong.
A: We developed this application with the aim of performing translation for the travel domain, as follows:
"How much does it cost to go to Kyoto station by taxi?"
"Can I get a little discount?"
"Where is the restroom?"
It cannot translate incomprehensible utterances, exclusive words, or sentences outside the travel domain into travel conversation.

Q: "The invited user is not available for now." message appears when making a call.
A: This message appears if one of the following conditions is detected:
(1) the user's device is switched off or offline,
(2) "VoiceTra4U" is not launched on the user's device,
(3) the user is on another phone call or chatting with other users,
(4) the user has been deleted or has changed the friend filter.

Q: My device won't vibrate when I hold it to my ear?
A: You will hear a beep through your ear speaker in Ver 2.2 or later.

Q: I don't hear the beep when I hold the device to my ear?
A: Try adjusting the volume on your device.



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Overview (Android)

VoiceTra4U is an easy-to-use speech translation app especially suitable for travel-related conversations. The app allows you to input speech/text and have them translated into the selected language on your device. The app contributes not only to break the language barriers but modality barriers as well; for instance, communicating with the visually-impaired via speech, or with the hearing-impaired via text.The app covers 27 languages (30 languages including dialects). See the list of Languages for more information. The speech data collected by using this app will be utilized for improving the speech translation technology being developed through U-STAR researches based on the 'Terms of Use'. The app is available for FREE on Google Play. *Packet data fee is not included.





How to Use (Android)

Getting Started

1. Start the app   2. Select Language   3. Confirm   4. Ready
Please wait for the server connection to be verified.   Tap either of the language names at the top to select languages.   The language displayed on the left would be your input language and the language you wish to be translated into would be on the right.*   *The direction of the input / output languages can be reversed by pressing the arrow at the top. This screen is referred to as 'Home Screen' hereinafter.

Available Languages

 

Please note that you must have the appropriate keyboards/fonts installed on your device to be able to input text and display text in foreign languages.

i.e.) MultiLing Keyboard,
Keyboard from Android 2.3+, etc.**

VoiceTra4U supports 27 languages (30 languages including dialects).   The above symbols indicate the input/output availabilities for each language. Please refer to the List of Languages for further details.   **Please use these softwares at your own discretion; we are not responsible for any trouble these softwares may cause.

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Speech Input

1. Start   2. Input Speech   3. Processing   4. Results
There are 2 ways to input speech.
1. Press the mic button at the bottom of your screen.
2. Hold your device close to your ear as you would to talk on the phone. (Only with devices with proximity sensors)
  Speak into the microphone on your device and press "OK" when finished speaking.   Please wait while the system recognizes your speech.   The translated results will be displayed. For those languages available for speech output, audio will automatically play when the results are displayed. Press to listen to the synthesized speech again.
           
       
        You may cancel your request while processing by pressing the "Cancel" button.   Please try again by pressing the mic button at the bottom.

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Text Input

1. Press Text Input   2. Input Text   3. Processing   4. Results
Press the "Text Input" button on the left side of your screen.   Type in text and press "OK."   Please wait while the system recognizes your text.   The translated results will be displayed. For those languages available for speech output, audio will automatically play when the results are displayed. Press to listen to the synthesized speech again.
           
       
        You may continue and input text by pressing on the same screen.   Type in text and press "OK."

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Other Features

History       Home Screen    
 
Press to view the history of your inputs. This will be displayed according to the input language selected.   History can either be sorted by 'Time' or 'Frequency.'   Pressing the button will take you back to the 'Home Screen.'    

Info&Support
           
  'About this app' and
'About U-STAR' will take you to the U-STAR Website.

'Tell a friend' and 'Contact us' will launch your email app.
   
Pressing will take you to the information and support menu.   Information about which server you are connected to and your app version are displayed here.        

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FAQ

Network Connection

Q: I keep receiving errors when I try to launch the app.
A: Please verify your network connection. The app requires either 3G/4G or Wi-Fi network connection.

Fee Charge

Q: Does the packet flat-rate service cover the telecommunication fee for using this application?
A: Yes, it does. Please contact your carrier company for further information.


Operation Instructions

Q: I’d like to show foreign people how to use the application. How do I explain the operation?
A: We have instructions available in English and Japanese within the application. When you configure English as an input language, it will show the instructions on the Home Screen in English and vice versa for Japanese.
   


Performance

Q: Some translations are wrong.
A: We developed this application with the aim of performing translations for travel domains, as follows:
“How much does it cost to go to Kyoto station by taxi?”
“Can I get a little discount?”
“Where is the restroom?”
It cannot translate incomprehensible utterances, exclusive words, or sentences outside the travel domain.

Q: My device won't vibrate when I hold it to my ear?
A: Please see your settings on your device. You should hear a beep through your ear speaker.

Q: I don't hear the beep when I hold the device to my ear?
A: Please try adjusting the volume on your device.

Q: How do I type in languages like Hindi and Vietnamese?
A: You will need to separately install exclusive keyboards to input certain languages.
(i.e, MultiLing Keyboard, Keyboard from Android 2.3+, etc.) *
*Please install at your own discretion; we are not responsible for any trouble this may cause.

Q: The translation results are corrupted for some languages?
A: If a required font cannot be found on the device, characters may not be properly displayed. For example, if IS03 is missing, Hindi will not be displayed properly.

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