The Panlingual Camera Phone: Interactive Prototype (Version 0) Demonstrations

Jonathan Pool, Nebiyeleoul Tadesse, Timothy Wong, Luke Woods

Contents

Introduction

Taking a Bus

Ordering a Meal

Exploring Your Ancestry

Introduction

How could you use a panlingual camera phone? Here are three examples. We invite you to test our prototype and judge its usability in these increasingly complex situations. We've tried to make it easy enough so you can guess what to do without training and without reading a manual. Have we succeeded?

We suggest that you make your browser open the "Do the Demo" pages in a new window, so you can refer to the story and your goals during each demonstration and easily continue with the next demonstration.

The same demonstrations are available as DENIM documents.

Taking a Bus

The Story

You are sightseeing, waiting at a bus stop, and a bus approaches, with its destination sign in a language that you don't understand. You want an English translation of the sign, so you can decide whether to take the bus.

Your Goals

  1. Use your panlingual camera phone to take a picture of the bus and get the destination sign translated into English.
  2. Look at the translation (and make your decision).

Do the Demo (Tip: Open this link in a new window!)

What did you think? Give us your comments!

Ordering a Meal

The Story

You are traveling in France. You decide to have dinner in a little Chinese restaurant, where you see that the menu is only in Chinese, and you assume that the waiter knows only Chinese. You know neither French nor Chinese. You want to avoid any dishes with meat, and you have written a note asking the waiter to point out the vegetarian dishes. But your note is in English. You want your note translated into Chinese so you can show it to the waiter.

Your Goals

  1. Use your panlingual camera phone to take a picture of your note and get it translated into Chinese.
  2. Look at the translation (and show it to the waiter).

Do the Demo (Tip: Open this link in a new window!)

What did you think? Give us your comments!

Exploring Your Ancestry

The Story

You are visiting a cemetery, where you believe an ancestor of yours is buried. You have found a tombstone with a name on the base that seems to be your ancestor's name. So you look at the inscription on the tablet above. It is in the local language, which you never learned. You want an English translation of the inscription. You also want to know more about some words that catch your attention, learn a bit of your ancestral language, and check on whether the camera got a good enough picture of the inscription for a reliable translation.

Your Goals

  1. Use your panlingual camera phone to take a picture of the inscription and get it translated into English.
  2. Read the translation. Notice that it contains a sentence, "He constructed our first school."
  3. Make only the sentence "He constructed our first school" appear, so you can see what part of the inscription has that meaning and read it clearly.
  4. Look at the original sentence translated as "He constructed our first school".
  5. Make the entire inscription and the entire translation appear again.
  6. Make the panlingual camera phone show you which word in the inscription means "school" and show you a text version of that word.
  7. Look at the word in the inscription and at its text version, comparing it with the inscription to check on its accuracy.
  8. Notice that one word in the inscription has a decorative border around it.
  9. Make the panlingual camera phone show you a text version of that word and what that word means.
  10. Look at the text version to check its accuracy, and look at the word's translation.
  11. Make the panlingual camera phone show you only the inscription and the translation again, the way they first appeared.

Do the Demo (Tip: Open this link in a new window!)

What did you think? Give us your comments!

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