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Finally, an AR translation app … and it’s not on iOS!

April 18, 2012 at 11:59 am / by / commercial, demos / 2 comments

Over the years, many have dreamed about using mobile technology to create a kind of “augmented reality translation system” that translates whatever you are looking at into a language you can understand, and displays it in place.  Back in 2008, Intel’s Paul Otellini demonstrated a prototype Chinese-to-English translator as part of his CES Keynote.   More recently, Word Lens for the iPhone does a beautiful job of cleanly translating text in place (supporting english, spanish and french), but the translation (in my experience) tends to be a bit spotty.

Now, Microsoft has demonstrated a far more comprehensive approach as part of Bing Translate for Windows Mobile, and it looks amazing.

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I’ll be trying it out on one of our Nokia 800’s, and it along would probably make it worth carrying the phone on international trips, even though I’m still firmly an iPhone user.  If they keep putting amazing things like this out, and decide to add in better non-MS-centric mail and calendar to WP8, and perhaps that will change.

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  1. Bob Myers says:

    What is specifically MS-centric about WP mail and calendar?

    • Blair MacIntyre says:

      Well, perhaps not mail (WP7.5 seems pretty good with both gmail and IMAP now), but I haven’t seen a way to get caldav (a pretty common standard) to work for my cal. I can’t see how to get any non-exchange/AS cal to work. Would be pleased to be wrong: I’ve been playing with a WP for the past few days and I really like it, otherwise!

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