Microsoft Translator for RIT/NTID

Thank you for coming to this page to learn more on how to use Translator today to build and open bridges in the RIT/NTID Community.  Just know that you are making a difference by learning how Translator works for you and others.  Translator is a tremendous tool for everyone to break communication barriers and there is no better place to do it than here at RIT.  We will continue to develop this page throughout the academic year as we hear feedback from you and the community to better empower everyone at RIT.

The NTID Center on Access Technology (CAT) has been working with Microsoft to launch real-time captions produced by Microsoft Translator, an AI-powered communication technology.  We worked with Microsoft to launch a pilot project in classrooms across campus last year and we were thrilled by the progress we’ve made to help the RIT community not only get the best transcription experience, but to help bridge the gap between our communities.  We cannot do this alone, you can help make a difference.

Translator : A Companion Tool

Breaking Language & Communication Barriers

How to use Microsoft Translator

Starting a Conversation

You can either start or join a conversation in Translator.  Enter your name and choose from one of 60+ languages that you are most fluent with.  Tip: Translator can support English to English conversation to create text with spoken words or vice versa. 

If you are starting a conversation, share the five letter conversation code or show the QR code to others near you.  This will allow them to join in the same room as you.

Joining a Conversation

If you are joining the conversation, ask the initiator to show you the five letter code.  If you prefer to scan the QR code, tap on the five letter code in the app and it will reveal the QR image.

Participating in a Conversation

Once you join in the conversation, speak as you normally would do.  Do not feel you need to slow down as the AI will be able to process your speech at a normal rate.  Make sure the mic is close to you especially in a noisy environment.  For those who wish to type, click on the typewriter icon on the lower left corner and type away!

Tip: Press and hold the mic button whenever you wish to speak.

Translator on Desktops

Microsoft Translator is available on desktop PC’s and laptops via web browsers, which can be better suited for group study and/or tutoring sessions.

Whether on mobile or desktop, Translator will be able to assist you according to your needs in the best environment possible.

Using Microsoft Translator

Overcoming Various Scenarios

NTID Center on Access Technology Team

The Center on Access Technology team has been investigating and evaluating Automatic Speech Recognition options since the spring of 2016. They have been using Microsoft Translator for their ASR pilot program since Fall of 2017. Chris and Brian have presented and led workshops on how to use Automatic Speech Recognition on RIT campus.

Chris Campbell

Research Associate Professor

Brian Trager

Associate Director

Gary Behm


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