AN update by Google Translate to its Android and iOS apps has introduced real-time voice and sign translation.
The sign translation works from within the phone camera app and you can simply point the camera at the sign, and if captured properly the app will translate it.
The voice translation is even more 'Star Trek' and works from a tap of the in-app mic that looks to recognise the foreign voice first.
Then tap the microphone again and both people can talk with a text translation of both sides of the conversation happening in real-time.
This instant translation currently works for translation from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.