Fujitsu has today unveiled a new wearable speech translation device which requires no physical manipulation for the device to communicate when in use. Providing a perfect solution for hospital wards and other applications during which translation is required.
Unfortunately, no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light, we will keep you updated as always.
– Miniaturization through sound channel configuration utilizing sound diffraction and miniature omnidirectional microphones – Fujitsu Laboratories successfully miniaturized the devices through the use of miniaturized omnidirectional microphones and technology that enhances the directivity of sound in the target direction using an L-shaped sound channel, which dampens sound from directions other than the target direction. As shown in Figure 2, sounds from the direction of the healthcare provider are diffracted once, while sounds from other directions are diffracted twice. Because sound is dampened when it is diffracted, this can enhance the directionality of sounds from the direction of the healthcare provider.
– Improved speech detection accuracy – Fujitsu Laboratories adopted a high-sensitivity microphone element for the patient’s direction (outward-facing), increasing the recording levels for the patient’s voice. In addition, it suppressed ambient noise, such as from air conditioners and diagnostic devices, through the use of noise suppression technology.
– Structure and unit design for ease of use in healthcare situations – In developing this wearable, hands-free speech translation technology, Fujitsu Laboratories miniaturized and optimized the sound channel configuration, taking into consideration ease of use in healthcare situations, and using miniaturization and weight reduction techniques developed by Fujitsu Connected Technologies Limited in its development of smartphones and other mobile phones.
– Fujitsu Laboratories decided on a hanging name-badge form factor style that enables the healthcare provider to freely use both hands, with button icons, form and markings that enable intuitive operation, as well as a rounded shape to provide a pleasant and unobtrusive impression to both the healthcare provider and the patient.