At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 2.16.10 Google CEO Eric Schmidt demonstrated a prototype version of Google Goggles that showcases the integration of Google’s machine translation and image recognition technologies. Mr. Schmidt demoed the ‘new’ concept by taking a picture of a German menu with a cellphone and instantly translating the text into English. Check out the video on the Google Translate Blog.
There is just one little problem. The ‘new’ feature Mr. Schmidt presented was introduced one year ago at the Mobile World Congress 2009 by Spanish company tauyou.com. I wrote a blog post about this which you can read by clicking here. You can check out this feature on their website.
Google is a great company and they have great products. But is everything they do the world’s greatest breakthrough? Are all of their ideas original? Evidently not.