By : Min Chen
Misway Tech Founder Sonic Chen isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Self-confessed “cutting-edge gadgets addicts,” he and his team have developed a range of products that use AI and machine learning to provide real-time translation.
Their products include the Smark M1 Modular Translator (bottom left), Smark M5 Handheld Translator, Aibuds P4 Translation Earbuds (bottom right), and T89 Smart Wristband with Built-in TWS Earbuds.
Aibuds stands out as especially disruptive for its ease-of-use, facilitating communication for travelers and those looking to learn a new language. Users simply connect the device to a smartphone, download the app, and speak into the Aibuds, which then generate the audio and written translation in two seconds. Chen’s hope for the device is to “keep people safe when they travel abroad.”
Misway’s products use a Neural Machine Translation model, which allows the output to be more accurate and adjustable according to different contexts, such as accent and dialect. The company is the first of its kind in China and has obtained several patents for its speech recognition and synthesis technology, winning software and hardware awards in the process. The devices currently support 36 languages.
Chen’s vision for the company in the next three to five years is to continually scale up their R&D to launch devices that are even simpler to operate and more convenient to carry. The challenge to realizing these goals is the significant development time and cost.
Compared to other companies on the market, Misway is unique in its dedication to make translated conversations feel natural, making us feel one step closer to the kind of seamless experience we expect to see in science fiction movies. –MC