Just in Time Learning – The Universal Translator Arrives

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From WikiPedia’s entry on “Universal Translator”:

universal translator is a device common to many science fiction works, especially on television. First described in Murray Leinster‘s 1945 novellaFirst Contact“,[1] 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[2] 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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As managing director of Float, Chad Udell designs, develops and manages interactive Web and mobile projects. Chad has worked with industry-leading Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to concept, design and develop award-winning experiences. Chad is recognized as an expert in mobile design and development, and he speaks regularly at national and international events and conferences on related topics. In 2012, Chad released his first book, “Learning Everywhere: How Mobile Content Strategies Are Transforming Training.” In 2014, he co-edited the book, “Mastering Mobile Learning: Tips and Techniques for Success” with Dr. Gary Woodill, Ed.D.

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