has long been working on making real-time translation systems practical and portable
, and it looks like it's now closer than ever to its goal -- although it can't necessarily take all the credit. The research agency recently teamed up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (or NIST
) to test three different systems as part of its TRANSTAC project, at least one of which relies on none other than a Nexus One
to do real-time, spoken language translation from Pashto to English, and vice versa. Of course, specific details on the translation systems are otherwise a bit hard to come by, but NIST is more than happy to draw a few Star Trek
comparisons in its demonstration video -- check it out after the break.