AT&T Showcases Innovations That Might Have a Future
Instant Translation in Text Messaging
Imagine texting the front desk of your hotel in France, or a colleague in Peru, and having your message go through in the language the recipient prefers (as dictated by the settings in the phone), and likewise their responses coming back to you in your preferred language. Researchers at AT&T Labs have created such a solution.
NEW YORK CITY—AT&T officials hosted an Innovations Showcase—an opportunity for the inventors and researchers at AT&T Labs and other branches of the carrier to show off the projects they're working on—in the city April 4. This year's showcase focused on telecommuters, frequent travelers and busy parents—and the tools they might someday use to "enrich and simplify" their lives. The innovations varied from real-time video transcription software, "like your own United Nations interpreter," said the researcher, to an app that helps friends compete to be the most eco-friendly, to a new way for employees in far-flung locations to collaborate better with colleagues. Abhi Ingle, AT&T's new vice president of ecosystem and innovation, said AT&T is constantly encouraging its 140,000-plus employees to dream up new ideas, and once a year even holds an "American Idol"-like contest to find the best one. Great ideas, combined with AT&T's high-speed network and mobile platform, Ingle said, create "an incredible opportunity to reshape how people run their lives." This eWEEK slide show focuses on some of those ideas.