How to make Universal Translator for travel…

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Via Popgadget, Imagine traveling and not being able to describe to the natives what that you want vegetarian food, or that you wish to find a taxi. “Point to it” is a book that is full of illustrations that will help you out whenever you are having trouble communicating in a foreign language. You will just need to point at the picture representing what you are so desperately trying to communicate. Point It has proven to be really useful and is being used by UN peacekeeping forces, Olympic athletes and speech therapists. The book is the result of the author’s extensive travels in the five continents.

No need for Star Trek technology! Based on this clever idea, MAKE points us to a Flickr group called Flickr hacks which has started working on a visual dictionary that you can access online for “show and tell”. Essentially, you can show people what you want to do, say, find, eat or whatever on your Internet connected phone or PDA.

Steeev from the group made a prototype here. It’s basically takes your search term as the flickr tag in an attempt to find what you want. Unfortunately though, I tested it with various words and found nothing but my Flickr homepage. Any one else with better luck?

4 thoughts on “How to make Universal Translator for travel…

  1. the flickr website was experiencing some downtime earlier, try it again, it should be working now.

  2. I tried it before and now, after flickr went down, but either there’s a cookie issue or my various search terms are too obscure (try pineapples). I keep getting my Flickr login page.

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