BBN to Build Translation System for DARPA

BBN Technologies of Cambridge said today that it has won a $5.67 million contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects agency to develop prototype optical character recognition and translation software for mobile devices and laptop and desktop computers that will turn printed and handwritten foreign-language text documents into English, including hard copy, PDF files, photographs, newsprint, and road signs. The company said the DARPA grant is extendable to as much as $30 million.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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