Microsoft has introduced a Skype translation service that converts your speech into other languages in real time.
By the end of 2014, Skype will roll out a new feature that'll make communicating in two languages easier than ever.
It's only in prototype and "years away," but Google has its sights on instant speech-to-speech translation.
Microsoft Research is working on a project that will let users translate their own voice into other languages.
The man in charge of speech technology at Google is looking to a future where what we say can be searched, translated and transcribed in the blink of an eye.
Visitors to London's West End theatres could soon take advantage of a device that offers translations of exactly what is being said and sung.
If it were early April we'd take NEC's claims for its latest prototype gadget with a sack load of salt, but as it's November we'll have to turn down the disbelief and pay closer attention.