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NTT Docomo Launches Real Time Voice Translation

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Japan’s largest carrier NTT Docomo is rolling out their real time voice translation system called Hanashite Hon’yaku. Able to translate between Japanese and English, Mandarin and Korean, the new system will be rolling out support for other languages later in the month.
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Developers: Translate and Localize Your Apps With Tethras

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Localizing your app is extremely important for any developer but it’s especially important for BlackBerry devs. RIM is selling devices all over the world with hotbeds in places like Indonesia. If your app is only in English, you aren’t capitalizing on those BlackBerry users that only want to download an app with support for their language. Tethras aims to help make that process easy. Click through for more details.
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Photo Translator: Take a Photo and Instantly Translate Any Text

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SHAPE services currently has a really awesome app that they’re beta testing and looking for your feedback on. The app is called Photo Translator and it lets you take a picture of any text in a variety of languages, and the translation will appear on your device. This is a really helpful tool for anyone who travels a lot, as you could use it in airports, train or bus stations, restaurants etc. With the community’s help, SHAPE could make a really effective mobile translator.

To download the beta app for free, head over to the app’s landing page at this link.

Google Working on Mobile Babel Fish Universal Translator

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Back when I wrote about a new app called Spoken Translator that translates between English and Arabic over voice almost instantly, I got really excited. It seems that technology is coming increasingly close to the Babel Fish Universal Translator from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The NYT broke the story today that Google is developing mobile software that could universally translate between the world’s 6,000+ languages. While the technology is still a couple years away, apps like Spoken Translator are a good preview of things to come.
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Comcel deploys Babelfish-like translation tool for BlackBerry

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Babel FishIf it came down to choosing between a BlackBerry-based translation solution and shoving a live fish into my ear, I’d probably choose the former. Thankfully, Comcel, Colombia’s largest carrier, has deployed a solution from US text translation company RantNetwork that allows BlackBerry users to translate both text and images (i.e., the solution works with text from both documents and photos taken by the user) into 20 different languages.

RantNetwork is marketing the tool as a way for people to reduce the barriers foreign language present in their business and personal relationships. Here’s what CEO William Grandizio had to say:

“We have been working for years on mobile applications that will change the way the mobile community approaches situations involving foreign languages.”

If you’re interested in the BlackBerry solution, head here. If you’re interested in the “fish thing”, go here.