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Submission + - Real-Time Translation Devices Are Breaking Down the World's Language Barriers (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: For those very same reasons, a tool that can translate language in real-time would have an enormous payoff for society—if someone can crack it. So far, no one has really nailed the technology, despite a few close calls and decades of trying. But we're definitely getting closer.

Today, the Japanese telecom giant NTT Docomo unveiled its new augmented reality glasses that can translate text on menus and signs in near real-time. It uses character recognition technology to convert the foreign dialect to your native tongue and display the translated text on the device's screen. The goal is to have the gadget ready for action in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, so tourists can more easily navigate their way around the city.

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Real-Time Translation Devices Are Breaking Down the World's Language Barriers

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