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Voice-Command Services in Korean Hotels

Voice-Command Services in Korean Hotels | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

SK Telecom said that it had installed its NUGU AI platform in 44 rooms of the Vista Walkerhill Hotel in eastern Seoul. This enables guests to control lighting, curtains and temperature through voice commands, and find checkout and breakfast times as well as other information about hotel facilities through voice commands.
Since the release of the NUGU platform in September 2016, the firm has released about 40 kinds of services using the platform.

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@Sogou Launches Real-time Translation and Transcription Devices

@Sogou Launches Real-time Translation and Transcription Devices | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Sogou (China) has launched two new products: the Sogou Travel Translator and the Sogou Smart Translation Recorder. The Travel Translator offers real-time speech and image translation for 17 languages, including Chinese, English, German and Arabic. The Translation Recorder offers instant speech to text function and translation of the recorded text for 17 languages.

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@KLM Airport Seats Translate Languages So Travelers Can Talk To Each Other

@KLM Airport Seats Translate Languages So Travelers Can Talk To Each Other | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has created seats that translate any language in real time at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, allowing travelers with different languages to understand each other.
Each seat was designed for travelers to rest their head in the center with speakers on each side. A directional microphone facilitated the audio connection and the seats faced each other so that the people speaking could see each other and have a conversation, with each language spoken being translated.
KLM and its agency used Google’s Cloud Speech, Cloud Translation and Web Speech so that the seats automatically translated every language, including all dialects.

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I'd love to listen in to the dialogues. Who will use the resulting data - KLM or Google?

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Chatbots Working Inside Ads from Emirates Vacations 

Chatbots Working Inside Ads from Emirates Vacations  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Emirates Vacations, the tour-operating arm of Emirates Airlines, is putting an artificial intelligence-powered bot right in its online ads.
In a 30-day test at the end of 2017, Emirates Vacations tracked an 87% increase in engagement from consumers that saw the chatbot ad versus those that saw a standard display ad. Consumers click in the ad to ask trip-planning questions, and the bot responds with recommendations of destinations and packages offered by Emirates Vacations.

LT-Innovate's insight:

Chatbots with everything. Interesting learning experience but think of all  those languages you'll need your bot to master.

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Language, Tourism and Translation Conference Oct. 2018

Language, Tourism and Translation Conference Oct. 2018 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
la celebración del II Congreso Internacional “Lenguas, Turismo y Traducción” (CILTT) los próximos jueves 18 y viernes 19 de octubre de 2018, en tanto que foro de debate científico e investigador sobre ideas, propuestas y avances que profundicen en el estudio de las convergencias y divergencias de las Lenguas y la Traductología en el Turismo. En esta edición, el Congreso se organizará en torno a las siguientes secciones:
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Ctrip, Baidu Launch Pocket Translator for Tourists

Ctrip, Baidu Launch Pocket Translator for Tourists | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Chinese online travel agency Ctrip and Internet giant Baidu have launched a new pocket translator for tourists. It is connected to the internet through an embedded SIM card that can work in more than 80 countries and regions and doubles as a portable WiFi hotspot. Figures from the National Tourism Administration show that Chinese travellers made more than 62 million outbound trips in the first half of 2017, up 5.1 percent year on year, with more favouring self-guided tours.

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