Inventor: IBM Almaden Research Center
Two years ago, IBM researcher Ismail Haritaoglu found himself at a Tokyo train station, unable to make heads or tails of the kanji lettering in the posted routes and timetables. Next time he'll be ready. His InfoScope snaps a picture of a street sign and ships it over a wireless network to a remote computer that extracts the text and beams back a translation all in less than 15 seconds. Haritaoglu is working on a similar service for GPS-equipped cell phones that would offer travel tips.
To Learn More: almaden.ibm.com
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