From Geeks Are Sexy:
Yet more technology (like these real tractor beams) that seems inspired by the wonderful Star Trek Universe. It seems Microsoft have started developing a Universal Translator-esque system that outputs translated text in real time…in the voice of the speaker. Obviously, speech-to-text recognition software isn't exactly brand new – Siri has become quite an established example (though she is, of course, one of many and not even the first of her kind). However, the issue (and what many a meme has made fun of) is that they often get it wrong – about every four to five words according to Rick Rashid, Microsoft's research chief.