Mind your language: the translation tech helping the world speak to each other

by admin June 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

The story of the Tower of Babel speaks of a time where the entire world was united under one language, before being split up again into a babbling mass of different warring cultures, dialects and diatribes. Could those linguistic limits be bested once more with a Tower of Tech?

A few dedicated gadgets have appeared in recent times aiming to do just that, the real-world equivalents of the Star Trek universal translator (if a tad more limited in the amount of languages they can interpret).

Konnichiwa, world!

The ili from Japanese company Logbar is the most promising of these standalone devices. Described as a “Wi-Fi free instant translator for travellers”, the remote-shaped gadget has been in development for a few years, and will go on sale this summer. 

It offers translation from one language to another in as little as 0.2 seconds and, crucially, has all of its processing magic and language data stored locally, so there’s no need for cash-hungry data roaming plans to be whacked while you’re travelling.