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Foreign languages and characters can be translated into the user's language, so a user can find out what an object is. Search results can be personalised, so the user can be alerted if a foodstuff contains a certain allergen, for example.
The phone takes a video of the object at 10 frames per second, and the images are sent to a database in real-time using "video calling", a low-latency communications medium.
The database that is used for video search can be built automatically; Accenture has written spiders to crawl the web and download images on a specific theme such as Asian food.