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IN-VEHICLE LANGUAGE TRANSLATOR AND TUTOR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030781D
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-26
Document File: 3 page(s) / 16K

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Abstract

A vehicle system, e.g., a hands free telephone system mounted in the vehicle, is configured to provide translations for verbal and textual data in multiple languages. In particular, a vehicle system is configured to 1) translate conversations between the driver and a passenger speaking in different languages, 2) translate and read email messages that are written in different languages and 3) act as a learning tool for someone learning a language while riding in the vehicle, i.e., the user could say a phrase in English and hear a translated version in a target language and then practice saying the translated version.

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IN-VEHICLE LANGUAGE TRANSLATOR AND TUTOR

Abstract

A vehicle system, e.g., a hands free telephone system mounted in the vehicle, is configured to provide translations for verbal and textual data in multiple languages.  In particular, a vehicle system is configured to 1) translate conversations between the driver and a passenger speaking in different languages, 2) translate and read email messages that are written in different languages and 3) act as a learning tool for someone learning a language while riding in the vehicle, i.e., the user could say a phrase in English and hear a translated version in a target language and then practice saying the translated version.

Description of Innovation

A vehicle may be equipped with a hands-free telephone system that is mounted integrally in the vehicle.  Figure 1 is a block diagram of a hands-free telephone system 10 for a vehicle.  A control module 15 is mounted in the vehicle and coupled to a microphone 20 and a vehicle audio system 25 (e.g., a radio, a power amplifier, etc.).  Control module 15 may be mounted inside, for example, an overhead console, a headliner, a dashboard, or other appropriate location in the vehicle.  Control module 15 is also coupled to speaker(s) mounted in the vehicle, for example, stand-alone speaker(s) 35 or speaker(s) 20 included in the vehicle audio system 25.  Microphone 20 may be stand-alone (e.g., mounted in an overhead console, a headliner, a dashboard, a visor, a rearview mirror, or other appropriate location in the vehicle), included in the control module 15 or included in the vehicle audio system 25. 

Hands free telephone system 10 is configured to provide telephone services between a vehicle occupant and the occupant’s own mobile telephone 40, for example, a cellular phone, which is located in the vicinity of the vehicle (e.g., in a cradle, in the occupant’s pocket or briefcase, etc.).  Mobile phone 40 and control module 15 may communicate using a wireless communications protocol (e.g., Bluetooth®) or via a wired connection (e.g., a cradle).  Control module 15 is configured to receive audio signals via the microphone 20 and transmit the audio signals to the mobile phone 40.  Control module 15 is als...