From WikiPedia’s entry on “Universal Translator”:
A universal translator is a device common to many science fiction works, especially on television. First described in Murray Leinster‘s 1945 novella “First Contact“, the translator’s purpose is to offer an instant translation of any language. Like hyperdrive, a universal translator depicted in these works is a somewhat improbable technology that is an accepted convention in science fiction stories and serves as a useful plot device. Even so, technology companies are striving to develop a practical “universal” translator for common use.
This has long been a science fiction staple… After all, how do people speak to each other at a space port or other very heterogeneous kind of environment? well, it appears that with the use of augmented reality in a great looking new mobile app, we can at least translate signage and the written word realtively easily. Check this video out:
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