KUDO Gets a Patent for Speech Translation

KUDO received a U.S. patent for its technology behind KUDO AI, its artificial intelligence-powered real-time speech-to-speech translator. The patent focuses on the company's unique method for real-time, continuous (simultaneous) translation, and for translating spoken language in a natural way.

Launched in January, KUDO's speech translator integrates natural language processing systems and speech recognition and synthesis with KUDO's language models to create live multilingual audio and captions. The solution is available in 30 languages on most videoconferencing platforms.

"The awarding of this patent reflects KUDO's cutting-edge position in the language technology space. But we built KUDO AI with a bigger mission: to give everyone the power to understand and be understood in their own language," said KUDO CEO Fardad Zabetian in a statement. "As an entrepreneur whose first language is not English, this is of personal importance. Nobody should be hindered or defined by their level of proficiency in business English; with KUDO AI, we aim to enable the transfer of knowledge fairly across all businesses and eventually all nations."

"We're thrilled with this milestone. It's the first of many more announcements to come this month," said Claudio Fantinuoli, KUDO's chief technology officer and inventor of the patented speech translation methodology, in a statement. "Since its launch, KUDO AI has already undergone a new AI engine, seen a dramatic increase in translation quality, and we are constantly adding new languages in line with our rigorous quality and accuracy checks."

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