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Australian company launches translation earpiece

An Australian company have unveiled a translation earpiece.

IBM Watson launched the Translate One2One - which is the "first device on the market" that allows translation to be done via Artificial Intelligence (AI) - at the United Nations Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good Summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

It can translate between English, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German and Chinese.

Danny May, Lingmo's Founder and Director, said: "By eliminating the friction of the traditional translation process, devices like Translate One2One will not only remove one of the biggest challenges for professionals when meeting and collaborating between cultures, but also offers enormous potential for communities around the world.

"As the first device on the market for language translation using AI that does not rely on connectivity to operate, it offers significant potential for its unique application across airlines, foreign government relations and even not-for-profits working in remote areas."

The device doesn't rely on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity and it overcomes many of the "contextual challenges" that comes with common languages, as well as understanding the local slang and dialects.

Neil Sahota, IBM Watson Master Inventor and keynote speaker at the Summit, added: "It's an absolute game-changer for the global translation market, offering significant potential for both commercial and social benefit, which we've only just begun to explore.

"Lingmo's latest breakthrough demonstrates the transformative potential that cognitive computing platforms like Watson can offer in solving some of the world's largest and most persistent challenges."

The Translate One2One retails at $179.

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