Breaking Language Barriers

Margherita Olivo
January 13th 2016

The whole world has become one big global village where English is of course the dominant language, but this does not mean that meaningful conversations cannot take place among non-english speakers with very different linguistic backgrounds. We have witnessed significant progresses in the field of real-time translation, and this new wearable translator, called ili, sums up perfectly this essence.

The creator of the Ring wearable device, Silicon Valley/Tokyo-based startup LogBar, has just unveiled this new product at CES 2016 in Las Vegas where it also won the Innovation Award.

Ili is the first wearable translator able to break the language barrier and making communication more accessible. It looks very simple to use: just press the button on the device (which for its design is very similar to an Apple remote) before saying what you have in mind, and the device will immediately provide the translation so that the other party can understand the words that just came out of your mouth.

But how does it work? You will not need Wi-Fi, 3G / 4G or any other Internet source, the embedded device will in fact process the language working in tandem with a chipset speech. The device includes a library of pre-loaded travel vocabulary, making ili the ideal accessory for every globetrotter.

This translator is now available with three languages, English, Chinese and Japanese. The second-generation model will see the implement of French, Thai and Korean while the third generation will also include Arabic, Spanish and Italian. This device could free us to feel more confident in circumstances that otherwise would have left us feeling intimidated or lost due to the language barrier.

Source: The Bridge

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