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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

NEC language interpreter for phones includes better Wiener Filter
Read the full story R&D | Wireless 11:30 PM JMLH • Permalink

It’s not the first time we’ve seen phones that purport to translate between languages, but NEC’s claims for its new mobile travel interpreter are certainly among the grandest.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Photocopier translates Japanese to English at touch of button
Read the full story 09:29 AM JMLH • Permalink

Specialist translators could soon be heading for job centers across the world if Fuji Xerox makes good on the technology it has developed for its latest prototype photocopy machine.

Predictive text killing written word in Japan

Cellphones have been blamed for a multitude of ills from unbearable train rides to brain tumors, but none can be as surprising as the Japanese government’s discovery that they are changing the way its citizens view their own complex writing system.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Scanning pen reads out loud to speed up language learning

Learning a new language isn’t always the most fun activity for many people, especially during the endless hours of repetitive listening to tapes or CDs needed to learn how to understand the spoken word. Fortunately, a novel study aid from Japanese firm Imajinsha aims to make the time-consuming donkey work a little easier with its new polyglot pen.

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