by AvatarJlucben

Text translation using Microsoft Azure Cognitive service Text_Translate

How to add the Translate robot skill

  1. Load the most recent release of ARC (Get ARC).
  2. Press the Project tab from the top menu bar in ARC.
  3. Press Add Robot Skill from the button ribbon bar in ARC.
  4. Choose the Artificial Intelligence category tab.
  5. Press the Translate icon to add the robot skill to your project.

Don't have a robot yet?

Follow the Getting Started Guide to build a robot and use the Translate robot skill.

How to use the Translate robot skill

Use the Microsoft Translate Text cloud service to translate text in any other languages supported by the API. Input text language is auto detected. For example , you can translate English only responses returned by Microsoft Cognitive Vision plugin. This service requires an internet connection. That means your EZ-B will need to be put into Wi-Fi Client Mode. Consult the appropiate learn tutorial for changing the EZ-B to Wi-Fi Client Mode or add a second USB WiFi adapter from here:

What Can You Do?

You will need this plugin added to the project. And with this simple line of code in a script ....

translate("I see an humanoid robot across the windows","fr")

result will be :

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and EZB result variables will be set.

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With ControlCommand() and Blocky :

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Example to translate in a script English only responses returned by Microsoft Cognitive Vision plugin.

$result =("I am " + $VisionConfidence + " percent certain that i see " + $VisionDescription)

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If language to translate is not entered , plugin configuration default will be used

translate("If omitted the  plugin default language will be used for translation")

You can also test translation directly in the plugin console :

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Recording Settings

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Default Translated Language - Code of the default language in which the input text to translate will be translated - can be selected in a list of the languages supported by the API

Translated Text Variable - The variable which holds the translated text. This can be used in your Scripts.

Detected Language Variable - The variable which holds the detected language code of the input text to translate. This can be used in your Scripts.

API Key - Your key for using the Microsoft Text Translate service. There are instructions in this document below for signing up and obtaining a key.

Create Subscription The subscription that you will need from Microsoft is called Translator Text API It's free until 2 000 000 characters translated every month.

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To get the subscription , you need if you don't have already one , to create an Azure account

  1. Visit the Microsoft Azure site and create a free try account. After 1 month , you will be asked to transform your try account in a normal one but free service option will stay available. Follow the Azure Account subscription process until you get your account.

  2. Access to Azure Portal ( Click Portal on left up of the Azure home window) - after authentification you access to your Azure Portal. In the Dashboard , you will see all the Azure Services you have subscribed even when they are free.

  3. Add the Translator Text service. To illustrate the add service process - see below how I add a new free service to my account Vocal_translator

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  1. Copy the Key 1

  2. Paste the Key in the API key field of the plugin configuration form and Save

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When I load the skill this error appears:

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what am I wrong?



You aren't doing anything wrong:)

The owner of this plug-in hasn't had a chance to update it yet.


but with the non beta version would it work?


No, it won’t work in either ARC version until it’s updated


Hi @Jlucben

is there any possibility that you could upgrade your extension?




HI all

Sorry as I was in holidays

Skill is upgraded to V1 , just a remaining bug if you use blocky.