News: The World's First Object Translator is Launched

August 21, 2016 Shigeru Tsutsumi

Imagine pointing your smartphone at an object and an app installed on your phone has the ability to translate it into 40 languages. That's exactly what the new language learning app, FlashAcademy, developed by Learning Lab, promises to do. It is currently available for iOS and Android operating systems.

Users simply point their phone at a white ceramic cup, for example, and the Spanish translation "taza de cerámica blanca" pops up, and is also pronounced by a native Spanish speaker.

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By combining object recognition with translation technology and the latest augmented reality technology, the app is able to deliver virtual native speaker videos on demand and a variety of adaptive learning technologies to create a unique learning environment for each user.

FlashAcademy Key Features:

  • Hundreds of five-minute interactive language lessons

  • Scan and instantly translate objects around you

  • Native speaker tutor videos

  • Word games for all ages

  • Instructive flash cards

  • Progress tracking with leaderboards

Veejay Lingiah, CEO of FlashAcademy, said in a press release: "Science tell us that the more engaged we are when learning and the more we can be pushed to recall our new knowledge in a variety of ways, the more powerfully we'll remember."

This is how FlashAcademy has been designed to help learners; encouraging them to learn and recall language in a variety of stimulating ways. The app developers are very excited for the potential of what this new platform can do to help anyone who wants to improve their language skills.

Language Labs is a venture-backed start-up based at the Innovation Birmingham Camus in the United Kingdom. There is a free version available for download on iTunes and Google Play stores, and subscription plans start at $3.83 per month. The object translator is available only as part of one of the premium packages.

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About the Author

Shigeru Tsutsumi

Shigeru Tsutsumi is a native Japanese speaker with 20+ years extensive experience in the translation & localization industry. He has held a variety of language, technology and management positions including managing director-Japan, business development manager, translator, software localization specialist, QA lead and senior localization project manager. He is a Washington State University alumni and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He has spent many years in the Pacific Northwest (USA) and has traveled and worked throughout Europe and Japan. He has a comprehensive awareness, understanding and respect of global business practices between US and Japan, as well as many other countries.

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