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11-10-2004, 11:55 AM
Device translates spoken Japanese and English
12:32 07 October 04 A handheld device that enables a user to chat in another language - without having to learn any words or phrases for themselves - has been developed by Japanese electronics firm NEC. The system is about the size of a handheld PDA and converts spoken Japanese to English and vice versa. It is planned for launch in Japan in the next few months.

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