It’s getting easier and easier to use our phones and other gadgets to translate for us If you’re lucky enough to get to travel abroad. Kickstarter funding on a new little traveling gadget offering quick transcription and recording plus music playback, like an iPod Shuffle with superpowers. The One mini is not much complex device.
A simple traveling gadget with a couple of microphones and a wireless board in tasteful packaging. The combination of a lot of useful stuff to happen both offline and with its companion app is offered by this gadget. After you activate the device, it starts recording and both translating and transcribing the audio via a cloud service as it goes.
Alas, no onboard memory thus recordings are kept on the phone. And there is an option for a cloud service. Considering the compact size of these audio files, that probably won’t be necessary. For everyday stuff, it should be just fine, but if you’re paranoid about security, this probably isn’t your jam.
You pick two of the 12 built-in languages in the app if you want to translate a conversation with someone whose language you don’t speak. You can either pass the gadget back and forth or let it sit between you while you talk. The transcript will show on the phone and the ONE Mini can beat out the translation in its little robotic voice.
It can act as a wireless playback device for the recordings or for your music, or to take calls using the nice onboard mics, because it has a headphone jack, too. It’s probably better than connecting directly to your phone in many cases, as it is lightweight and has a little clip.
There’s also a 24/7 interpreter line that charges two bucks a minute. In an emergency, it could be pretty helpful to have a panic button that sends you directly to a person who speaks both the languages you’ve selected.
One mini is available for $79 which seems reasonable.They’ve already passed their goal and are planning on shipping in June.