Translation Tech Roundup, December 2013 Edition
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Translation Tech Roundup, December 2013 Edition

Translation Tech Roundup, December 2013 Edition

Google GlassFrom mobile to machine translation, there’s plenty to share on the major and minor innovations of tech in the translation industry. A wonderful wind-up to the year and a step into the next … and beyond.

Google’s App Translation Service Launches

TheNextWeb.com: “Google today launched the App Translation Service, first previewed at its Google I/O 2013 conference, to all Android developers. The new offering lets developers browse a list of third-party vendors pre-qualified by Google to offer high-quality translation at ‘competitive prices.'” – Google launches App Translation Service, lets Android developers buy translations from pre-qualified vendors, 11 November 2013

India Invests in Machine Translation to Aid Higher Ed

MediaNama.com: “National Translation Mission is preparing a Machine Translation System (MTS) to instantly translate texts from vernacular Indian languages to English, reports New Indian Express. The report states that scientific and technical terminologies are being developed in 69 disciplines of study in 22 languages as part of this project. Apparently, 25,000 to 30,000 lexicons have been identified in each subject to create the MTS.” – Indian Govt To Build Machine Translation System For 22 Indic Languages, 14 November 2013

Google Glass to Include Translation App

ComputerWorld.com: “To show off what developers can build with the new GDK [Glass Development Kit], Google launched five new Glassware apps from Strava, Allthecooks Recipes, Word Lens, GLU and GolfSight. ‘These were all built on the new platform and have transformed some of our favorite activities in really exciting ways,’ Google noted. The Word Lens app, for instance, translates printed words for the user. Look at a sign printed in Spanish and Glass now can give you the English translation (or vice versa) and even overlays it right where you’re looking.” – Google Glass gets translation, game apps, 20 November 2013

Horizon 2020 R&D to Fund MT

ScienceBusiness.net: “Under the content technologies and information management branch of the ICT work programme, Horizon 2020 aims to improve the ability of European companies to build multilingual data products and services. This part of the programme will also fund R&D in machine translation technology to allow for multilingual online communication and break down barriers in cross-border commerce.” – ICT in Horizon 2020 – How can Europe profit from its mountains of data and new technologies, while competing worldwide? 6 December 2013

Report on NLP Market Released

PRWeb.com: The Natural Language Processing market research report “provides a comprehensive analysis of the major market drivers, restraints, opportunities, challenges and addressed the key issues in the natural language processing market. The report also analyzes global adoption trends and future potential areas of adoption across the different technologies. Furthermore, the report gives detailed analysis on global trends and forecasts, competitive landscape and analysis on VC funding and M&A, related to Natural Language Processing market.” – Natural Language Processing Market to Grow at a CAGR of 21.1% to 2018, 10 November 2013

Microsoft Kinect Translates Sign Language

TechWeekEurope.co.uk: “In October, Microsoft Research Asia showcased Kinect Sign Language Translator. The project, still in its early stages, translates sign language into speech, and vice versa. ‘There are more than 20 million people in China who are hard of hearing, and an estimated 360 million such people around the world, so this project has immense potential to generate positive social impact worldwide,’ Guobin Wu, research programme manager for Microsoft Research Asia, said in a blog post.” – Microsoft Updates Kinect Windows Developer Kit, 26 November 2013

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