NTT DoCoMo Preparing Automatic Translation From Japanese Through New App

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  • 02 Oct 2012
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  • NTT DoCoMo, a local Japanese carrier is preparing an automatic translation app for Android, that handles translation from Japanese. The service is called Hanashite Hon’yaku and it’s an automatic translation service for international calls. It requires a subscriber with an Android 2.2 phone at least or a tablet, on the carrier’s moperaU or sp-mode plans.

    The service automatically converts spoken Japanese to another language and reverses the process for the reply. It will be available starting November 1st and it will translate from Japanese to Chinese, English or Korean. There’s also the promise for Indonesian support, as well as Thai and 5 European languages. NTT DoCoMo will offer a holdover on October 11th, via an augmented reality translator for Android 2.3 that can convert text to or from Japanese with a look through the phone camera.

    In case you didn’t know, this is the world’s first commercial mobile service for translation of conversations between people speaking Japanese and other languages. The service I mentioned above, the one with augmented reality is called Utsushite Hon’yaku and it’s able to translate foreign menus and signage by placing a handset camera in front of text. This solution will finally eliminate all problems with translation for tourists in Japan and not only.

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    SOURCE: Engadget
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