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Google buys written language translation start-up

Published on May 17, 2014 6:07 AM
 
Google on Friday confirmed it has bought a start-up specialising in using smartphones to translate signs, billboards or other written words in real time. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google on Friday confirmed it has bought a start-up specialising in using smartphones to translate signs, billboards or other written words in real time.

Quest Visual and the technology built into its Word Lens application will become part of a Google team devoted to developing translation features and services.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed and Google declined to make any comment on the record.

"With Word Lens, we've seen the beginnings of what's possible when we harness the power of mobile devices to see the world in your language," Quest said in a blog post.

 
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