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Nintendo and Japanese telecom carrier NTT are collaborating on a voice recognition project, according to NHK. The project is aimed at making it more convenient to students with hearing or other forms of disabilities to keep up with the rest of the class.

The prototype makes use of a modified Nintendo DSi that serves as a receiver to a speech-to-text device being used by the instructor that saves the file to the cloud. Students are are hard-of-hearing can read the text using their receiver devices for an automatic record of lessons. That is, if they are actually using their handheld consoles to study and not to play games inside the classroom.

The project is currently being tried out in Okinawa and Tottori prefectures, with the overall aim of using this technology as a universal translator outside school. You can watch the video over at the NHK link.

Source: NHK, via Joystiq

 
 

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