New Scientist reports that Nokia are going to launch a new phone which will be able to translate menus from Chinese to English.
IF YOU think you are ordering ice cream from a foreign menu, you don't want to end up asking for a plate of sheep's eyes by mistake. A cameraphone Nokia plans to launch next year will set you straight.
Snap a picture of, say, a dessert menu and the phone will recognise the characters and translate the words within a few seconds . The prototype shown to New Scientist can translate 9000 Chinese and 600 Japanese food-related words into English, with more language versions to follow.
However, if you closely at the photograph you can see that it may not be all that helpful - the English translation manages only one word - soup (湯).