Unlike popular counterparts, the application of Andrei Konovalov Droid Translator can automatically translate voice and text
In late June, appeared on the Android Market application for VoIP-telephony — Droid Translator. Its creator — 35-year-old resident of Kiev Andrei Konovalov, in May of this year, founded the company with the ambitious title tiw innovations (tiw stands for Technology Improves the World — the world of technology improves). The new application — similar already popular Skype and Viber. But, unlike them, the invention of a Ukrainian can automatically translate voice and text messages to a person on any of 14 popular languages.
For two weeks the app downloaded nearly 10,000 times. The entrepreneur expects that by September the number of downloads will increase to 100,000. For comparison — the number of downloads via Skype Ukrainian Android Market has reached 1.22 million, Viber — 1,78 million
According to Konovalov, Droid Translator — the world’s first VoIP-service with automatic interpretation. "In Skype is a function of interpretation, but it works as a conference call with a live interpreter and costs $ 3 per minute," — says the founder of the service.
The beta version of its application is free, and the translation is carried out almost instantaneously (in Skype live interpretation of each phrase can take up to 45 seconds). In the future, the company will upgrade the translation system and will add 12 more languages, Konovalov plans to charge for downloading the application of $ 5. In addition to simultaneous translation, the full version will record conversations and store transcripts of conversations in a separate file.
Creator Droid Translator plans to earn not only on simultaneous translation via its own VoIP-service. He is ready to offer automatic simultaneous translator for the owners of Android-smartphone, which is used for communication Skype. To transfer from a third-party service work, you need to connect your smartphone to a small device smaller than a stick. Designed Konovalov gadget connects to smartphones via micro-USB connector and will only work with devices that support the USB-host. Now businessman adjusts production units in China and plans to start selling in October for $ 15-18 apiece.
Out of ideas
Automatic simultaneous translator for the VoIP-telephony — not only the invention Konovalov. Last year, he received a patent for a method of controlling a mobile phone with your voice — similar Siri, Apple used in the newest devices. On account of a Ukrainian — several technology patents. More than 10 years Konovalov CFO in companies at different levels, doing radio electronics as a hobby. In 2011, he decided to create an innovative company on the basis of which would have developed technology startups. Now tiw innovations — a little more than 20 people, most of them — in Kiev. In May 2013 Konovalov registered company in the Czech Republic — a country with a more favorable laws for innovative companies.
Idea believes that his application Droid Translator will use the tens of millions of people, and the world vendors in 1-2 years they will start to build a chip designed for simultaneous translation in their smartphones.
In the near future the company will need substantial investments in marketing, and has already attracted Konovalov Ukrainian investor in the project. Until the end of the summer entrepreneur plans to release a version of Droid Translator for iOS. In parallel to his company incubated several startups. One of them will offer an innovative way of medical diagnosis, and the other, according to Konovalov, can significantly increase the percentage of crimes solved. Details of the project until the businessman did not disclose.