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AR Smart Glasses offer live language transcription

Vuzix Blade AR smart glasses are set to support real-time multilingual language transcription by using translation services from Zoi Meet.

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Vuzix, a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, has announced the availability of the Zoi Meet real-time transcription app on the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, enabling users to receive an instant transcription of what is being said in one of the 12 languages offered.

In May 2019, Verizon provided the first demonstrations of Zoi Meet real-time translation on the Vuzix Blade at its “Verizon Tech Day”, held at its Basking Ridge, NJ, headquarters. 

Now, the Zoi Meet service is available as an app on the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, allowing for hands-free language translation in which speech is automatically transcribed into text and projected directly onto the display of the headset. This launch is making a debut of the first collaboration on the market to support live multilingual communication through AR Smart Glasses technology.

The Zoi Meet application on the Vuzix Blade can also be connected to any Zoi Meet hosted meeting by entering the meeting PIN code into the application. Using the Zoi Meet application on the Blade meeting attendees can receive real-time language translation during the meeting from any one of 12 supported languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Japanese and Korean) or closed captioning by setting the ‘to’ and ‘from’ languages to the same language.

The Zoi Meet application can also be used to host a local meeting on the Vuzix Blade to transcribe local conversations by accessing the microphone on the Vuzix Blade, which transforms the Vuzix Blade into a live closed captioning device and converts spoken language into text on the display of the Blade. In the closed captioning example, the Zoi Meet app can be set any one of 12 languages such as English to English translation and the Vuzix Blade will translate and display verbal language to text in real-time.

Kevin Oranje, founder of Zoi Meet, says: “In times of rapid digital transformation we feel its key to provide people with the capabilities that allow them to navigate in highly connected, international environments. By enabling the unique Zoi Meet instant transcription service on Vuzix smart glasses we realize our goal of bringing people closer together and unlocking both personal and business opportunities unavailable to them before.”

Paul Travers, president and CEO at Vuzix, says: “The need for seamless communication across languages has never been greater. With this exciting collaboration we mark the breakthrough moment in the AR technology world and bring a great value to our users by offering a truly practical service on our glasses.”

As of today, Zoi Meet service is available to download as an app on the Vuzix App Store, allowing for hands-free language translation in which speech is automatically transcribed into text and projected directly onto the display of the headset.

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Nedbank to offer Mara phones to customers

Nedbank has partnered with Mara Phones to offer South African-made smartphones to its clients, along with finance options.

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Nedbank says it has partnered with Mara Phones to offer its South African-made Android smartphones to the bank’s clients, via flexible financing options. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the devices will be preloaded with the Nedbank Money App, suggesting that they will be heavily subsidised in order to drive app usage. Nedbank has apparently purchased several thousand of the handsets.

Mara Phones, a division of the Mara Corporation, recently launched what it claimed to be the first African-based smartphone-manufacturing factory in Kigali. President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the second factory in Durban on 17 October 2019. Each factory has a capacity to produce a few million smartphones units per year.

Ahuti Chug, chair of Mara Phones, said: “Our aim is to increase smartphone penetration on the continent by providing problem-solving, tailored solutions to for our customers and partners. This partnership strengthens our vision to change the narrative by demonstrating that Africans can produce high quality tech products. 

“The importance of quality and affordable smartphones cannot be overstated as they enable connectivity and efficiency.  It is part of Mara Phones vision and strategy to partner with financial institutions to offer solutions to consumers.” 

According to Ciko Thomas, Group Managing Executive for Nedbank Retail and Business Banking, the partnership resulted from Nedbank’s recognition of the close alignment of the Mara Phones philosophy with Nedbank’s purpose to use its financial expertise to do good. 

“Like Nedbank, Mara Phones is committed to leveraging technology to enable financial inclusion and enhanced education, healthcare and agriculture outcomes in South Africa and across Africa,” he says, “Through this transaction, the ability of both organisations to deliver on this vision will be significantly enhanced.”

The full details of Nedbank’s Mara Phones offer are still under wraps, but Thomas said the Nedbank offer would be a pre-packaged, high-value proposition, with the smartphones preloaded with the Nedbank Money App, and delivered via flexible finance options that make it easy for clients to pay for their devices.

Thomas says that Nedbank offer is unlikely to be network-specific. 

“We believe our clients should be able to use the mobile network of their own choosing, so we will be offering some, or all, of our Nedbank-bundled, dual-SIM Mara Phones devices without SIM cards, allowing the new phone owners to use prepaid voice and data packages from any cellular service provider.”

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Vox’s Green Week offers discounted fibre speeds

Vox is offering businesses the chance to double the speed – and pay the regular price – for fibre, in its Double Up promo.

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Vox, a leading integrated ICT and telecommunications company, is not joining in the Black Friday frenzy. It’s going one better, with a Green Week. From 25 November to 2 December it is running a Vox Fibre to the Business (FTTB) Double Up Promo.

FTTB orders signed between 18 November and 2 December 2019, will automatically receive double the speed for the duration of their contract with Vox ,at a 33% saving.

FTTB Promo Offer

FTTB BUNDLEPURCHASE PRICEWHAT YOU GET
20 MbpsR 2,49940 Mbps 
50 Mbps R 4,499100 Mbps 
100 Mbps R 8,999200 Mbps 
200 Mbps R 12,999400 Mbps 
500 Mbps R 16,9991 Gbps 

The promo is applicable to 20 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps and 500 Mbps packages on the Frogfoot Fibre network and applies to all new links and re-sign orders.
The Green Week sale includes limited specials ranging from mobile data to ADSL, satellite, indoor and outdoor camera and voice services.  The discounted deals are available for one week only until midnight on 2 December 2019.

Says Vera Romano, executive head of marketing at Vox: “Our Green Week is fast becoming a popular annual event and as always, we have something for everyone – be it for the consumer or business market. Our key focus has been to provide packages that add value to the customer. So, keep an eye out over the next few days – there is something to suit everyone.”

To find out more visit https://www.vox.co.za

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