If Navjot Singh Sidhu’s aphorisms — ‘he played that like a dwarf at a urinal’ — leave you concerned about the fate of the ball, fret not, relief is on the way.
Pune-headquartered Centre for Advanced Computing (C-DAC), the R&D cell of Department of Information Technology (DIT), has developed a fully-automated translating and subtitling suite for relaying scores and commentary in 22 official Indian languages. C-DAC is eying the upcoming Commonwealth Games to launch the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) technology, which will allow television viewers to select a language of their choice while watching a live programme.
While the text subtitling will be ready before the Games being held later this year, the real-time voice translation service will take a few more months hence to release. “Until now, videos with subtitles had to be stored onto the tapes before transmission. But now, on-the-fly subtitle overlaying can be done by any television channel, as the suite is fixed to the broadcasters’ main server,” said Mahesh Kulkarni, programme coordinator of Graphic Intelligence Based Script Technology (Gist), the group at C-DAC which works on multilingual computing tools.
Kulkarni said, “To avail this feature, all one needs is a DVB compliant set-top box that has the language selection option. Once 3G is implemented, this technology can be made available on the mobile platform as well.” No additional changes or software are required to avail this service.
Called Lips Live, the technology was launched on Tuesday at C-DAC’s 23rd foundation day ceremony. Once fully functional, the suite can provide match scores like a ticker tape in 22 Indian languages. The voice system, wherein live commentary can be heard in different languages, will be ready in the next six to eight months.
Apart from gaming scores, the C-DAC team is also working on deploying the technology to display share market prices on business news channels and weather forecast details.
The institute and DIT is already in talks with Doordarshan and other private operators to use the technology in their regional language transmission, and in all probability, Doordarshan would be the first operator to deploy it.
For the curious, Sidhu made the remark when Tendulkar hit a shot
on his toes. Who would have guessed.