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Zoom is mechanically translated into real-time video conferencing after buying the Kites firm

The video telephony platform Zoom has bought a German startup that specializes in language translations with artificial intelligence.

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July
2, 2021

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur because of this process.

Video calling platforms and apps have played an unprecedented role since the arrival of Covid-19. One of the most important and popular is Zoom, which after announcing the purchase of the communications company Kites is now adding a new real-time machine translation feature.

Zoom announced on its official blog that they are in negotiations to acquire Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions, or Kites for short. It is a German startup dedicated to developing real-time machine translation solutions, or MT, for its acronym.

Zoom said that adopting kites is an opportunity to close the language gaps between its users. The project consists of developing a kind of virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that offers live translation functions during video conferencing.

"The talented team of 12 researchers at Kites will help Zoom's engineering team advance TM to improve meeting productivity and efficiency by providing our users with multilingual translation capabilities," the press release explains.

We are happy to announce that we have signed an agreement to purchase kites! The kites team based in Germany will help build our multilingual translation capabilities and improve meeting productivity for our clients. https://t.co/UHk0YmRNiE

– Zoom (@Zoom) June 29, 2021

"With our missions designed to make collaboration seamless, regardless of language, geographic location or other obstacles, we are confident that the impressive team at Kites is a perfect fit for Zoom," said Velchamy Sankarlingam, President of Product and Engineering at zoom. .

Doctors Alex Waibel and Sebastian Stüker, co-founders of the project, explained that their technology began as a translation tool in the classrooms of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

“Kites was born with a mission to break down language barriers and make fluid interaction between languages ​​a reality of everyday life, and we have long admired Zoom for its ability to easily connect people from all over the world.” Waibel and Stüker explained.

"We know that Zoom is the best kitesurfing partner to help us advance our mission and we are excited to see what comes next under their incredible innovation engine," added the makers of Kites.

Zoom added that they are analyzing the possibility of creating a research and development (R&D) center in Germany. This center would be the headquarters of Kites for the development and improvement of its tool. In addition, Dr. Waibel will work in the company's research division and specialize in the development of new MV technologies for service and user growth at Zoom.

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