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How Intel’s technology will bring down language barriers

How language translation could be easier with Intel's new patent.

Intel has just secured a patent for a technological translation system that will make it easier for speakers of two different languages to communicate. Imagine the words of the person you're speaking to being translated right before your eyes in real time. Likewise, when you talk, your words will show up in real time on their side of the screen.

Find out how the amazing technology will work and how it's different from previous translation systems. 

How is Intel's translation technology different?

Although Intel has previously filed 26 other "translation"-related patent applications, according to Slate, the one that was just filed Nov. 22 is different. 

The possibility for easier translation has arrived with Intel's new translation system patent.
The possibility for easier translation has arrived with Intel's new translation system patent.

This one brings something new to the table with a dual screen that allows for real-time translation. The first speaker's words will immediately be featured on one display side of the screen and the other speaker's words on the second side, according to Intel's patent application.

Intel designed this system with speed and cost effectiveness in mind. They want business people to use it for quick business transactions, for instance.

Also exciting is the prospect that a microphone will be able to pick up on which speaker is talking and what language needs translating. All of this will be made possible by a Wi-Fi Bluetooth feature that allows each person to connect to the system. 

Not only that, but Intel is also planning for this technology to work on a variety of devices including smart phones, tablets and laptops. 

The need to search patents

In Intel's case, they were able to get a patent because their technology offered a new method by which language can be translated – foremost through a dual screen and real time optimisation. 

A patent may be the right course of action for you if a detailed search reveals no other similar technology.

IP Australia states that a patent may be the right course of action for you if a detailed search reveals no other similar technology. Intel would have had to have performed a thorough search of other language translation services to discern whether the technology was truly unique and worth patenting. 

Searching patents requires time, money and access to databases – both international and domestic. But Alder IP's patent lawyers can offer their expert help and conduct a thorough search for you. This is an essential part of the patent process because it justifies going through with the application and increases the likelihood that your product will offer something new to the world.