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Media: AP Article on Machine Translation

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: There's an article from the AP, posted on the Excite.com site, on an
award-winning English-Vietnamese translation device:

Software Translates Restaurant Orders Aug 18, 10:55 AM (ET)
By Jean Ortiz

Some sample paragraphs:

Life is much easier for Lam, now that her 23-year-old son, Tu
Nguyen, developed the software that enables her to understand the
needs of her English-speaking customers in her native language.
Nguyen, who enters his senior year at the University of Nebraska
at Omaha this fall, developed what he calls the Intelligent Pocke
Order Delivering System. It allows waiters to take orders on a
wireless pocket computer, then transmit them to the kitchen in a
different language.
Not only has his invention bridged the language barrier in his
family's business, it also won him the $25,000 first prize in the
recent Imagine Cup competition sponsored by Microsoft.

The URL:


Visit very soon - the link will probably expire within 24 hours.

The link and an intro to this article were posted in the Augus
19, 2003 issue of NewsScan Daily http://www.newsscan.com/.

Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.2202
Date Posted: August 20, 2003

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