Fuji Xerox's Photocopier Translates English to Japanese or Korean

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Fuji Xerox has developed a new photocopier that can scan a document written in English and then print a copy of it in Japanese or Korean. The photocopier can also do the reverse — translating Japanese or Korean to English — while almost magically maintaining the original layout.

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The machine works by networking with a dedicated translation server while simultaneously using various programs to distinguish between actual words and, say, a coffee stain. It's not available for mass-production just yet but the pessimist in me says it'll be more useful for a laugh than an actual translation. [DigitalWorldTokyo via UberReview]

DISCUSSION

*tsk* letting computers do translations...clearly they haven't seen Backstroke of the West.

If I ever had access to one I think I'd use it for copying Lao Fu Tzi comic strips and Chinese manga (man hua...whatever).