U.S. Soldiers Testing Android Translation App in Afghanistan

Image: Defence Talk

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a part of the Department of Defense charged with supplying cutting edge technological options for the entire Department, is currently beta-testing a mobile translation app called Translation System for Tactical Use (TRANSTAC). The app “provides sentence and phrase translation on an easy-to-use, hand-held smart phone.” The Nexus One seen in the photo on Defence Talk would lead one to believe they are using Android as their mobile platform of choice.

“The smart phones have the capability to translate from one language to another and give both speakers the ability to have their sentences translated back and forth, allowing two people speaking different languages to hold a conversation.”

(Sounds a lot like the Conversation Mode feature that Google Translate recently added, doesn’t it?)

Are you surprised to hear the Department of Defense is using Android in the field? How else could they leverage the next generation of Android devices?