Jibbigo

Google’s image-to-text translation in Barcelona

by Manuel Herranz Something is moving in the convergence of handheld devices with integrated, on-demand technology. Social networking on the mobile phone has soon been transferred and Facebook, Twitter as well as other cool apps are almost omnipresent even in medium range mobile sets. After all, transferring a 21st century technology (social networking) to a 20th century invention (mobile phone), may present some technical difficulties, but as long as we are dealing with digital technologies, someone will find a way. Language, however, is a different matter. Some bilingual apps for mobile phones have been available for some months (such as the impressive Sakhr’s Arabic app for the iPhone with speech recognition  or Jibbigo’s English-Spanish. Some are based on the old dictionary idea. Other, such as Toshiba’s (we reported in December 2009) want to integrate translation real time. Now, Google is also having a go at it. At this week’s Mobile World Exhibition […]