Zoom announces its intention to acquire a machine translation start-up …
(MENAFN – NewsBytes) The popular video calling platform Zoom has announced its intention to acquire Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions GmbH, also known as Kites. The German start-up specializes in real-time audio translation powered by Machine Learning (ML). Although the video calling giant has not shared financial details of the deal, it has confirmed that the startup’s translation technology will be part of its platform. Here are more details.
In this article
- Kites aims to make seamless interaction between languages a reality
- Zoom’s rivals have been offering translation features for years
- Zoom could also establish an R&D center in Germany
- Machine translation is a field of research with untapped potential
- Zoom’s live transcription feature set to be available this fall
About Kites Kites aims to make seamless interaction between languages a reality
Kites is a small start-up created in 2015 by Dr Alex Waibel and Dr Sebastian Stüker. It employs 12 researchers associated with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology who specialize in machine translation, a fusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and ML. Kites aims to make the seamless interaction between languages a reality of everyday life. The objective of the acquisition is to provide “multilingual translation capabilities” to Zoom users.
Competition Zoom’s competitors have been offering translation functionality for years
Currently, Zoom allows meetings to host multiple human interpreters and integrate Zoom calls with third-party closed captioning services. However, the company is slow to introduce machine translation on its platform. For example, longtime rival Microsoft Skype started offering Skype Translator in 2015, and Cisco also added a real-time translation feature to the Cisco Webex video conferencing platform.
Product president talks about Zoom could also establish R&D center in Germany
Zoom’s president of products and engineering, Velchamy Sankarlingam, said the company is constantly on the lookout for “new ways to deliver happiness” to its users and improve meeting productivity. Sankarlingam added that machine translation solutions will be essential to improve the Zoom platform for clients around the world. By announcing the acquisition, Zoom also expressed interest in establishing a research and development (R&D) facility in Germany.
Opportunity for Improvement Machine translation is a research area with untapped potential
Interestingly, machine translation technology is still an active area of research to optimize its multistep process dependent on neural networks. Currently, most implementations suffer from low precision, inconsistencies, lack of contextual understanding, and errors that can prove costly. However, the biggest advantage is that machine translation can process large volumes of data much faster and more efficiently than a human translator.
Details withheld Zoom’s live transcription feature set to be available this fall
Speaking of when you could use machine translation on a Zoom call, an announcement from the company in February said that a closed captioning service called Live Transcription is expected to be available for free this fall for users who request access. . That said, the financial aspects of Zoom’s acquisition of Kites and a tentative timeline for integrating the startup’s technology into Zoom are not being disclosed.
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