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Transform Your Raspberry Pi Into A Universal Translator

The Raspberry Pi is a remarkably capable portable computer that constantly surprises us. Dave Conroy found a use for it we couldn’t have imagined: he turned his into a translation device capable of translating over 60 languages. It supports speech recognition and playback, and the whole task is all done with free software.

The full how-to includes all of the code (also available on GitHub) and components you’ll need to turn your Raspian-powered Pi into a personal translator. The video above shows it in action.

You’ll need a persistent internet connection, since it uses Google’s text-to-speech engine to work and Microsoft’s translation engine (since access to Google Translate’s API is $20, and he wanted to do it all for free). Conroy used a Logitech USB headset to make it all work (any other model should be OK provided you can find suitable drivers). Hit the link for the full construction details.

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Translator with Speech Recognition and Playback (60+ languages) [Dave Conroy]