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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Translating menus with your phone

Help could be at hand for millions of travelers who have previously ended up with some unexpected delicacy when ordering their meals in foreign restaurants.

Cellphone/mobile phone pictureOver at the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki they are looking at utilizing the camera in the phone to take a picture of the text on a menu and to translate it for you. A particularly challenging task will be the Asian market, where the literal translations often found on menus often offer no help at all.

Of course for some this would take the adventure and fun out of travel, but they don’t have to use the feature, whereas for many I feel it would be absolute godsend!


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