If you're sick, tired, and frankly terrified of the wrath of the Duolingo owl, you can tell him to shove it right up his feathery arse. Why bother learning a new language when you can shout loudly at native residents on the sun-baked island you're holidaying at, and have them actually understand you for a change? Pocketalk's AI-powered instant voice translator can make that dream a reality, translating 74 languages bidirectionally. It's available in black, white, and gold, so you can add a touch of style to the wild and unnecessary gesticulating you'll inevitably end up doing as you use it. It's an unfortunate side effect of being a British national on foreign soil.
"Designed with simplicity in mind, Pocketalk combines the best speech-to-text, translation and text-to-speech engines from around the world. Using Wi-Fi, mobile data or a personal hotspot to connect to the internet, Pocketalk is able to provide the most accurate translations possible with a push of a button. It uses the most robust language engines and cutting-edge cloud technologies for highly accurate translations," and you can get all of that for £259 over on Amazon.
But why not just use your smartphone, you ask? Why not indeed. The arguments for shelling out a couple of hundred quid on the Pocketalk includes not having to pass your phone back and forth between whoever it is you're trying to communicate with, and no drain on your phone's battery - the device itself has seven hours battery with intermittent use and five if you're hammering it non-stop. It also features "dedicated dual noise-cancelling microphones," a simple UI, and no lag time, according to the press release. So if you feel that justifies forking out £260, you go nuts.
"The need to connect cultures and make the world feel a little smaller is stronger than ever and that's exactly our goal with this device," said Noriyuki Matsuda, CEO and founder of Sourcenext. "We developed Pocketalk to help people of all backgrounds providing them with an instant open line of communication and foster a mutual understanding and respect among different cultures. When you have the right tools, language is a gateway and not a barrier.”
You can pick it up with a global sim giving you a built-in data model with two years of all-you-can-use mobile data coverage in 128 countries and region, all included in the advertised price tag.