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Zooom acquires an AI-powered real-time translation startup

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A company called Kites (short for Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions) that creates real-time translation and transcription software has been acquired by Zoom.

According to Zoom, the acquisition is an effort to help it communicate more effectively with people who speak different languages, and it will add translation capabilities to its video conferencing app.

Real-time translation startup acquired by Zoom based on artificial intelligence

According to its site, Kites originated at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where its technology was originally developed to help real-time translation students understand their professors when they were speaking English or German in class.

Real-time transcriptions are already available in Zoom, but only for people who speak English. Zoom’s support page also discloses that its current live transcription feature may not meet certain accuracy requirements.

A Kites team member will be staying in Germany, so the company is considering opening a research center there.

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