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Olympics attendees in Tokyo can chat with a talking bubble device straight out of a comic book

Olympics attendees in Tokyo can chat with a speaking bubble machine straight out of a comic book e book

“We want to improve informal dialog between foreigners,” says Yumiko Shinohara, who developed the machine. “Particularly, for Japanese [people], it is extremely laborious to say hello to foreigners. Typically Japanese [people] really feel very nervous when chatting with foreigners, so we want to present some set off to begin a extra pleasant, pure dialog.”

Fukidashi continues to be a prototype and may at the moment translate 4 languages: Japanese, English, Chinese language and Korean. Nevertheless, it is out there for builders so as to add extra languages sooner or later.

Along with plans to have the Fukidashi on the 2020 Summer time Olympics in Tokyo, Shinohara hopes to someday see the machine breaking language limitations in eating places and airports.

 

Updated: March 16, 2018 — 5:22 am

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