TL;DR: This handheld translator will make all your future trips overseas way less stressful, and you can save $30 while it’s on sale in the Mashable Shop.
In a perfect world, we’d all speak multiple languages. But, let’s get real: most of us either don’t have the time, are too lazy, or lead inordinately privileged lives where we aren’t required to communicate with anyone in any language other than English.
Regardless, the rise of machine translation is a godsend.
The CM Translator, in particular, is like a traveler’s dream. It’s a tiny black remote, about the size of your Apple TV remote, with a single button that magically translates your speech into other languages. It’s not really magic, though, unless you consider artificial intelligence, Microsoft, and OrionStar to have supernatural powers.
All you have to do is hold down the button of the CM Translator and say a phrase. It will speak the phrase back in Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, French, or any other of the 42 languages it houses in its tiny brain.
This little device can cover more than 90% of countries around the world — it’s like a modern-day Rosetta Stone that fits in the palm of your hand. The CM also lasts up to 180 days on standby and 24 hours when used continuously. In other words, it won’t leave you hanging in the middle of the day, looking for the bathroom, in a foreign country, with a dead phone.
Ultralight and portable, the CM Translator is perfect for instant two-translation and real-time recording when you’re traveling abroad, working with foreign executives, and more. It probably won’t solve all your language-barrier woes, but it’s still better than pulling out your phone every other minute for help.
Typically retailing for $129, you can get this handheld instant translator for just $99.