Using the Video Experimenter shield for Arduino, a group in Brazil developed a way to translate live closed captioning to a number of different languages. Called Easy Way Subtitles, the project uses the Video Experimenter Shield to get the closed captioning text from the broadcasted signal and turns it over to Google Translate. Viewers can then view the live translation into their native language by opening their web browser and pointing it to Easy Way’s site. “The number of foreign students and professionals coming to Brazil increases every year,” according the the captions in the video above. “But most of them don’t speak Portuguese, so they can’t understand what’s going on on local TV.” Easy Way solves this inventively by combining older technology—closed captioning—with newer web based translation services. [via Twitter]


Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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