Korea’s automatic translation technology Zero UI becomes official global interpreter

Korean automatic translation technology “Zero UI automatic interpreter “developed by the Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), has become the global standard after an international authority acknowledged its innovativeness in allowing users to interact seamlessly without having to look at smartphone screens. Zero UI’s biggest advantage is that users don’t have to look at their smartphones during conversations to check the interpreted message.

The technology uses Bluetooth headsets that allow users to leave their smartphones in their pockets. With conventional methods, users have to show the translated message on the smartphone screen to their conversation partners. When the user speaks into the headset, their voice is transferred to their smartphone and then relayed to the other person’s phone, which delivers the translation to their headset. The new device’s name derives from the fact a user interface (UI), or screen, is no longer needed.

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