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This little translator gadget could be a traveling reporter’s best friend

By | Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Hardware, Kickstarter, machine learning, TC, Translation

If you’re lucky enough to travel abroad, you know it’s getting easier and easier to use our phones and other gadgets to translate for us. So why not do so in a way that makes sense to you? This little gadget seeking funds on Kickstarter looks right up my alley, offering quick transcription and recording — plus music playback, like an iPod Shuffle with superpowers.

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SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform

By | american sign language, Computer Vision, Diversity, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, machine learning, Sign Language, signall, Startups, TC, Translation

 Translating is difficult work, the more so the further two languages are from one another. French-Spanish? Not a problem. Ancient Greek-Esperanto? Hard. But sign language is uniquely difficult because it is fundamentally different from spoken and…

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WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first run

By | Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Kickstarter, Startups, TC, timeKettle, Translation

 This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. Having created a functioning prototype (it isn’t vaporware; we tried it, as you can see above) he and the team are now heading to Kickstarter to raise the money for their first run of the… Read More

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Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers

By | Gadgets, Mobile, Startups, TC, Translation

At TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2, a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It’s a pair of wireless earpieces; each person in a multilingual conversation wears one, and they translate what’s said into the language spoken by each participant. Essentially it’s a Babel fish, though admittedly a rough draft of one. Read More

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