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Cyclops – Snapshot Translation System Based on Mobile Device

Author(s): Fai Wong | Sam Chao | Wai Kit Chan

Journal: Journal of Software
ISSN 1796-217X

Volume: 6;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 1664;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: snapshot translation | natural language processing | machine translation | constraint syncrhonous grammar | mobile device | chinese-portuguese | chinese-english | ocr | peripheral direction contributivity

This paper presents an implementation of Cyclops, a snapshot translation system. It realizes the translation of textural information being captured as an image via the digital camera of a mobile device. The design framework of Cyclops is targeted at providing user the most comprehensive interface in using language translation tool to access the meaning of non-native text in a more natural and efficient way. Currently, it supports the translation of languages from Chinese to Portuguese and English. On the other hand, user can escape from the difficulty in using keyboard to input any non-alphabetic language such as Chinese. In the course of realization of this system, several technical challenges were encountered. It has been developed based on the technologies of image processing, optical character recognition (OCR), and machine translation (MT). Most importantly, the system is designed to run on the common usage mobile devices which have memory and storage limitations.
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