Rev Translator is a new app from the Yamaha Motor Co. that translates the sound of your engine into a string of Japanese words.
Through your phone, engines are given a voice with six kinds of personalities and phrases that change with each one. There are more than 100 million combinations of Japanese lines, but it’s all done to help get you closer to your engine, according to a company representative.
“We’d like people to get excited and have fun” with the app, Tetsuya Tadachi said in an interview with the Japan Times. And the app works with everything from motorcycles, cats, and boats.
I downloaded this application and tried it for myself.
First of all, you pick your personality preference and place your phone close to your engine of choice. It’ll even work with electric motors and microwaves, surprisingly.
The personalities in the apps can say anything from ridiculous and stupid things such as, “It is false that you would be able to smile if there was good things for you” (an actual translation) to things like, “How’s it going bro?”
Additionally, you can get figurines and items in the application using points that you get after doing a number of translations. There are a lot of items to collect and a great number of motorbikes, it was developed by Yamaha after all.
This application itself is a bit stupid, but terrific if you’ve ever wanted to speak with your car’s engine. If nothing else, it makes for a good ice breaker with friends.
By the way, when I inquired how the microwave in our office was feeling right now he said, “Finally being able to talk has changed my life and I’m to meet you.”
The application is available, currently, to Japanese smartphone users.