Visitors to Tokyo s Narita Airport to Use Translating PDAs

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In Japan s quest to make Narita Airport the most technologically advanced in the world, visitors will be able to rent PDAs that have the ability to translate English voice recordings into Japanese. The best part is its speed and accuracy. The e-Navi is able to translate 50,000 Japanese words and 25,000 English in a matter of seconds.

 

 

NEC is behind this technology, which has actually been ported over from Papero, a robotic voice translating dog. The PDA is a little more portable though, making it a great fit for the mobile business traveler. In addition to being a translator, e-Navi serves as a mobile phone, airport information guide and offers unlimited web browsing. The hardware is manufactured by an Asian firm and runs Windows Mobile.

 

The quality of the voice is actually very good. It doesn t sound like the typical robotic monotone voice you might expect. For an English and Japanese voice sample, visit the e-Navi site: http://www.narita-airport.or.jp/e-navi/function.html

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