Saturday, May 28, 2011

Technology speeding up Bible translation

This article was recently posted @ One News Now.  It describes the technology Bob will be setting up on his trip next month.

Technology speeding up Bible translation
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 4/25/2011 3:30:00 AM

Wycliffe Associates is using modern technology to help Bible translators reach people in remote areas.

The technology provides for translators a way to connect when they are in locations with no Internet access. CEO Bruce Smith recently returned from Nigeria, where the technology was put to the test.

"We split up into five teams of two, and actually, within one week, [we] connected 25 Bible translation programs in remote areas of Nigeria for the very first time to the Internet so that they could share files and connect with their consultants who are...a long distance away," he shares.

The Translation Acceleration Kits, which are similar to a modem, include a small, portable netbook computer, a satellite communication terminal, a solar panel, battery, and power supply. Once fully implemented, they could potentially shave years off the Bible-translation process, says the Wycliffe spokesman.

"They're actually smaller than a laptop computer; they're very lightweight and portable and can be run on solar power," Smith explains. "We have a solar panel system, and in a remote location, within about three minutes you turn this on, tune it in to the satellite, and you can have an Internet connection first time every time."

He adds that the units, which cost about $3,500 apiece, are constructed to withstand extreme conditions like heat and dust.
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