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RECENT ADVANCES IN LINGWEAR A WEARABLE LINGUISTIC ASSISTANT FOR TOURISTS Christian F gen1 Tanja Schultz2 Jia Cheng Hu2 Alex Waibel1 2 1 Interactive Systems Labs University of Karlsruhe Am Fasanengarten 5 76131 Karlsruhe Germany fuegen waibel ira uka de ABSTRACT In this paper we describe our recent advances in LingWear a wearable linguistic assistant for tourists LingWear allows uninformed users to find their way in foreign cities or to ask for information about sightseeing accommodations and other places of interest Moreover the system allows the user to communicate with local residents through integrated speech to speech translation Furthermore the graphical user interface GUI of LingWear runs also on small hand held devices e g Compaq s iPAQ In this client server solution the main components of the system are running on a wireless connected server The user can query LingWear either by means of spontaneous speech or via touch screen and receive the system s responds either by the integrated speech synthesis or by display messages 1 INTRODUCTION Due to the rapid development in the area of hand held devices we expect the performance of such devices to be sufficient in the near future in order to run processor and memory intensive applications Therefore it is our believe that the development of user friendly multimodal user interfaces including speech recognition and translation are within the reach for small wearable devices Driven by this expectation we developed LingWear 1 a mobile tourist information system that allows uninformed users to find their way in foreign cities as well as to ask for information about sightseeing accommodations and other places of interest Moreover the system allows the user to communicate with local residents through integrated speech to speech translation However due to the lack of current computing power and memory storage of small hand held devices a client server model with a wireless communication to a LingWear server is adopted



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