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S. Korea’s Zero UI Tech Adopted as Global Standard for First Time in World
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S. Korea’s Zero UI Tech Adopted as Global Standard for First Time in World
  • By Yoon Yung Sil
  • August 23, 2017, 01:30
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A developer at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) demonstrates an automatic interpretation technology while wearing a wearable headset without touching a smartphone.
A developer at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) demonstrates an automatic interpretation technology while wearing a wearable headset without touching a smartphone.

 

An automatic interpretation technology that makes possible seamless interaction between users and smartphones without the need of a medium such as a screen developed by a South Korean research team has been adopted as international standard for the first time in the world.

The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced on August 22 that the so-called Zero User Interface (UI) automatic interpretation technology was named an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization at a meeting in Paris, France, on July 28.

The technology allows users to get interpretation using a Bluetooth headset while leaving smartphones in their pockets or bags. With the latest adoption as an international standard, the existing smartphone touch-based auto interpreters are expected to be rapidly replaced with Zero UI-based technology that doesn’t require any operation by users.

When users speak into a Bluetooth headset their voice is directly transferred to their smartphone and relayed to another smartphone, which delivers the audio directly to the other users’ Bluetooth device. The research team said it has named the technology as the Zero UI because the UI is no longer needed for automatic interpretation.

The two-channel voice processing and barge-in are the core technologies. Based on these technologies, the two users are able to have a conversation without needing to interact with any screen or touch the device, facilitating natural and seamless one-on-one conversation. In addition, the technology automatically selects and immediately interprets the languages for automatic interpretation. It enable users to reduce malfunction caused by their voice entered into the other person’s Bluetooth headset and use it in noisy places.