September 27, 2012
AT&T Trials Text-Message Translation
Phone users can sign up to have incoming messages automatically translated from one language to another. Real-time voice translation could follow. MIT Technology Review reports.
AT&T is trialing technology that lets customers send and receive text messages that are automatically translated from English to Spanish and back. A person simply registers a phone number as having a preferred language. Messages sent to that number in a different language are then automatically translated before being relayed to the person's phone.
The current version of the technology only handles translation between English and Spanish, but AT&T is working on six more languages that could easily be added to the text message translation system.
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