Frequently Asked Questions

How do you pronounce spf.io?

It’s pronounced “spiffy-oh” :-). You can learn more about it in our blogpost here.

Why should I provide translation with spf.io?

Translation reaches your diverse audience in a way that increases your message’s impact. Spf.io makes it easier than ever before to provide translation in real-time with what you say. In addition, even audience members who understand your language benefit from spf.io! Those who have trouble hearing or seeing the projector screen can access slides and captions on their own mobile devices.

I don't prepare a script for my talks. Can I still use spf.io to provide translation?

Yes, you can! Translation is as simple as plugging in your microphone to a computer running spf.io, and having a volunteer monitor spf.io. Your audience will receive automatic translation on their mobile devices.

What equipment do I need to use spf.io?

Spf.io requires:

– A computer running Google Chrome
– Reliable internet (1 Mbps upload and download speed minimum)
– Microphone audio from soundboard connected to the laptop
How accurate is automatic translation?

According to a Sep 2016 research paper from Google, automatic (or machine) translation has improved vastly thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence, and it’s continuing to get better and better.

We understand that automatic translation may not be the right solution in all use cases, so we built spf.io with flexibility in mind. You can choose which level of translation is right for your event and level of preparation. For example, you can load your own manuscript and get professional translation prior to the event or supply your own translation. Or review the automatic translation before sending it out to your audience. Automatic translation is always there if you need it, but you can choose the right option for your event.

How much does spf.io cost?

When you purchase a subscription, you receive an allotted amount of minutes you can use freely to translate into 50+ languages. If you need to use more minutes beyond what you have purchased, you will be billed per minute per language. Please fill out the form to request a quote for your use case.

Can spf.io work offline?

For access to spf.io’s full capabilities, you will need a reliable internet connection at your venue. In no-wifi or low-connectivity environemnts, we offer a portable device that can run a basic version of spf.io locally. Contact us to learn more.

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