updated 03:55 pm EST, Mon January 22, 2007
Franklin Global Translator
Franklin on Monday revealed its new Speaking Global Translator to the public. The slider-style handheld is aimed at tourists and other travelers who need quick turnarounds for asking questions, and contains both a 450,000-word text dictionary as well as 115,000 words pre-recorded in all of the translator's twelve languages. Support is provided for most major European languages as well as Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Russian; southeast Asian writing is displayed in phonetic English as well as its native characters to aid both travellers and the local population.
More than just direct translation is possible, Franklin says: MP3 songs can be loaded through SD cards and played while translating phrases, while a mix of games and international tools such as a currency converter are already installed. Franklin's latest translator is due to reach stores by the end of the month for $230. [via Crave]