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Xerox adds instant translator feature to some of its printers

They can print out the document you scan in the language you choose.
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Look, we all know Xerox doesn't make the most exciting products, but its new Easy Translator Service is pretty cool. So long as you have one of its ConnectKey-enabled multifunction printers, you don't even have to type out the text you want to translate. Just scan the original document, and the machine will instantly print it out in the language you choose among the 40 37 available.

In case you don't have a Xerox multifunction printer, you can use the translator's iOS or Android (still pending approval) app instead. You simply have to take a photo of the document to receive a translated version in one minute. Or, you can access the service via its web portal, where you can upload a JPEG or a PDF (among other formats) file. You'll most likely get typical machine-translated results -- you can choose to upgrade to a human translator via the web portal, though -- but it sure sounds like a sweet time-saver, especially in the office.

Update: A Xerox rep gave us the prices for the service, and it looks like you can get 30 pages translated for free (through any of the three methods) within 30 days after you register. After the trial period, you'll have to pay $10 per 100 10 pages of machine translation. But if you want to avail the services of a human translator, it will cost you at least 10 cents per word.

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