Thanks to everyone who attended our last event at Google on April 21st, a great evening was had by all. For those who may have missed it we have the presentation [.pdf] from Jaehong Lee, COO of Mikle Inc., uploaded Here.
Meanwhile, mark your calendar for our next event on June 23rd at the always fashionable KDDI Designing Studio in Harajuku with a Texting 2.0 theme. We’ve lined-up an interesting company to demo their touch screen input and translation software and are looking forward to hear from a senior Nuance representative regarding the future roadmap of their T9 predictive text entry product.
KOH Kyotetsu, Director, Software Dept., KODENSHA Co., Ltd. .PPT
Mr. KOH has been in charge of software development for Windows Mobile, including machine translation/dictionary software since 2002. KODENSHA’s product lineup includes “TransWalker j-Beijing V3″, a Chinese-Japanese translation software with Shogakukan’s dictionaries. It has gained a good reputation among business travelers to China. One of the notable features of the software is that users can input any text they want to be translated, which distinguished itself from other competing products. English-Japanese and Korean-Japanese versions of “TransWalker” were also released. KODENSHA then launched “DictionaryWalker English” and “DictionaryWalker Chinese”, putting more emphasis on dictionaries, coupled with entertaining antonym quiz. They even contain images which help users understand technical terms. These products, which run on Windows Mobile and implement standard functionalities of an electronic dictionary, allowed users to dispense with dedicated handheld dictionaries.
Brad Bargen, VP Product Dev., Nuance Communications .PDF
Brad Bargen is responsible for Nuance’s Text Input product development program. T9® Text Input brings faster text messaging and easier access to mobile services to nearly four billion handsets worldwide. His team is currently working to build on the global success of T9® with innovative solutions for mobile devices including XT9® Smart Input and T9 Nav™ Smart Search. Previous to Nuance, he worked at Tegic Communications Inc. (acquired by Nuance Communications Inc. in 2007), at Wildseed, Ltd, working to develop Wildseed’s innovative “SmartSkin” technology for mobile devices, and at Microsoft, where he authored the best selling book Inside DirectX.
Nuance Communications is a leading provider of text input, speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications, and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. For more detail, please visit http://www.nuance.com/t9
Date: Monday, 23 June 2008 :: 18:30 – 22:30
Venue: KDDI Designing Studio — GMAP
Admission: ¥1,000 with Advance Registration – OR – ¥2,000 at the door
Complimentary drink ticket for the 1st 200 pre-registered guests!
18:30 – Doors Open
19:00 – Welcome/introduction
19:15 – First presentation
19:45 – Second presentation
20:15 – Q & A
20:30 – Networking in the Wired Cafe
22:00 – Last Call
22:30 – Close