This Could Be Handy

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Funded with $230,000 from Indiegogo, the SIGMO Voice Translator is a little gadget that helps users speak and understand more than twenty-five languages with the touch of a button. Potentially revolutionizing the way travelers communicate, the tiny translator may be the answer to understanding conversation quickly in an unfamiliar environment. Used dually with a free app a SIGMO owner need only speak into the device and it instantly and audibly translates their words in any chosen language.

 The portable SIGMO device has two modes of voice translation. By simply setting the native language, and the language to translate to via a smartphone running an Android or IOS operating system, a user is on their way to communication no matter what the circumstances. SIGMO connects to the smartphone through Bluetooth and the translation itself is made through an already existing service like Google Translate. By pressing the device’s first button and speaking a phrase into it SIGMO will instantly translate and pronounce the words audibly via a small speaker in a language the user has previously selected. By pressing the second button SIGMO will translate speech from the foreign language and instantly say the phrase in the user’s native language.

 The SIGMO free app allows for the change of languages and the adjustment of speaker volume to suit location and ambient noise levels. Small in size SIGMO can be worn around the neck, attached to clothing or belts, or strapped to the arm with an attachment much like a watch.

Founders David Barnett and Marti Karrer came up with the idea for SIGMO while traveling. They plan to charge $50 to $65 per unit when they are available this winter.

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