It sounds almost surreal: a Universal Translator, just like in Star Trek. A device that almost simultaneously translates spoken words. The Rotterdam startup Travis developed such translation device that can translate from and to 80 different languages. The pocket-size device translates spoken language within a time slot of less than 2 seconds. It can be used while traveling, but also to understand meetings or conferences that are held in a foreign language. Travis was selected by startup accelerator Startup Delta to present the device this week on the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Powered by artificial intelligence
Everyone who travels a lot, knows how frustrating it can be to not understand a foreign language. Talking with hands and feet, or a desperate attempt on Google Translate are not very satisfying if you want to discuss complex matters. Travis is to solve those communication problems. The device is powered by artificial intelligence, the most advanced technology for translating there is nowadays. Although Travis was initially developed as a device for travelers, the startup soon received requests from lawyers, and people in the business world. Obviously, translation is useful in many different sectors.