Google Arts & Culture created an open-source photo-translation tool called Woolaroo to share indigenous languages that are in danger of disappearing. Technology has the potential to provide an interactive and educational way to preserve languages and Yugambeh is the first Australian Aboriginal language to be featured on Woolaroo.
The tool leverages Google Cloud’s machine learning and image recognition technology, so that real-world objects can be identified in an endangered language. Pointing a phone's camera at an object reveals the name of something, as well as its pronunciation, and with interactivity and context, this makes it easier to remember new words.
It's estimated that one language ceases to exist every 14 days and the world is at risk of losing half of its 7,000 languages by the next century—but Woolaroo can help.