Travelling around the world is one of life’s most exciting, eye-opening, and rewarding experiences. But let’s be honest, learning a new language so you can get by in a foreign country is really hard, and if you didn’t learn a second language when you were a kid it can be even harder.
It makes you wish you had a universal translator like in Star Trek or Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, they say Science-Fiction is just a pre-cursor to Science-Fact, and last week at CES in Las Vegas Logbar, a Japanese Company, introduced ili.
Ili is a USB sized device that you wear around your neck, that translates what you said into the language of your choice. The first version of the ili works with English, Japanese, and Chinese (it’s not clear if they mean Mandarin or Cantonese or both) Logbar promises it will soon work with French, Thai, Korean, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic.
Logbar is currently looking for partners in the travel industry, but they don’t say when ili might be available to the general public.
They have, however, started an advertising campaign to build a little buzz. It features a young man asking women in Japan if they want to kiss him while using the ili. A young guy chasing women through a park trying to get a kiss is certainly one way to advertise a translator, I’ll leave it to you to decide if they could have chosen a creepier way to highlight their product, I might have made a video of someone ordering food at a restaurant, but hey that’s just me.