September 9, 2015
DOCOMO Launches Trial of Handwriting Translation Service Tegaki Hon'yaku
—Includes deployment at Haneda Airport information counters—
TOKYO, JAPAN, September 9, 2015 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has launched a free trial of Tegaki Hon'yakuTM, a translation application that allows users to write on the screen of a smartphone or tablet and have their words translated between Japanese and four other languages. Customer feedback will be incorporated into the service ahead of a commercial launch scheduled to happen by the end of this year.
Tegaki Hon'yaku leverages DOCOMO's translation servers and MyScript's handwriting recognition technology to convert handwritten English, French, Korean and simplified Chinese to Japanese and vice versa. The application also has an illustration function that enables users to communicate by drawing, a useful feature for annotating translations with maps or other visual aids that would be difficult to explain in words. By offering the service in conjunction with existing services Hanashite Hon'yakuTM, which translates spoken language, and Utsushite Hon'yakuTM, which scans and translates printed language, DOCOMO aims to offer a comprehensive translation service for smoother multilingual communication.
As part of the trial and in collaboration with Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation, DOCOMO has installed Tegaki Hon'yaku on the tablets used by guides and concierges at the Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal. Until November 30, the staff will have the assistance of Tegaki Hon'yaku in giving directions and explaining airport facilities to foreign visitors.
The Tegaki Hon'yaku trial is not restricted to DOCOMO customers. Any Google PlayTM customers with an account registered in Japan or the U.S. may download the application on their mobile device running AndroidTM 4.3 or later.
DOCOMO has been taking the initiative in developing technologies for natural multilingual communications and will continue to offer advanced translation services.
- Translation between simplified Chinese and Japanese will be available by the end of October.
- Tegaki Hon'yaku, Hanashite Hon'yaku and Utsushite Hon'yaku are trademarks of NTT DOCOMO, INC.
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About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 67 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide LTE network and one of the world's most progressive LTE-Advanced networks. DOCOMO is a leading developer of a 5G network that it plans to deploy by 2020, as well as network function virtualization (NFV), NFC infrastructure and services, emerging IoT solutions, and more. Outside Japan, the company is providing technical and operational expertise to seven mobile operators and other partner companies, and is contributing to the global standardization of all-new mobile technologies. DOCOMO is listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM). Please visit https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/.