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November 15, 2006

Cell Phone Language Translation Coming Soon

New cell phones capable of translating Japanese to English are expected to be brought to market by major cell phone companies by the end of this year, according to a recent report. A private laboratory in Kyoto named Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute International (ATR) has developed the translation software, which is said to be able to make translations at a level comparable to an 800 on the TOEIC exam. Translations will appear on the screen of the cell phone and in addition, an audio pronunciation will also be provided.

Software that will allow cell phones to translate from Chinese will be available by next spring, and furthermore, voice activated translation software is expected to be developed by 2008, according to the report.

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