Google demos Android phone that translates text at Mobile World Congress 2010

At 2010 MWC, an engineer shot a picture of a German dinner menu with a phone running Google's Android software. An application on the phone sent the shot to Google's servers, which sent a translation back to the phone. It translated "Fruhlingssalat mit Wildkrautern" as "Spring salad with wild herbs." There was no word on […]

At 2010 MWC, an engineer shot a picture of a German dinner menu with a phone running Google's Android software. An application on the phone sent the shot to Google's servers, which sent a translation back to the phone. It translated "Fruhlingssalat mit Wildkrautern" as "Spring salad with wild herbs." There was no word on when the software would be available. Demonstration was part of Eric Schmidt's keynote speech; He said phone apps that take advantage of "cloud computing" — servers accessible through the wireless network — will bring powerful changes to industry. Schmidt's speech also featured a demo of videos and a game running on Android phone using Flash, a format that's ubiquitous on Web pages intended for PCs, but hasn't worked on many phones, including the iPhone. “Software that translates text from pictures is already available for some phones, but generally does processing on the phone. By sending image to its servers for processing, Google can apply a lot more computing power, for faster, more accurate results. The phone still won't order for you, though — you'll have to point at the menu.”

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