CheetahTALK Plus gadget can serve as a translator from 73 languages

The portable translator gadget has always been present in science fiction works. A universal translator that allows native speakers of different languages to communicate instantly is available in Doctor Who, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Star Trek: Enterprise. Now such a device is becoming a reality.

Chinese company Cheetah Mobile is releasing a new version of an existing translator device smaller than a smartphone that promises instant two-way communication in 73 languages.

CheetahTALK Plus

Powered by Microsoft's automatic speech recognition software and OrionStar AI technology, the device is designed to provide users with instant two-way voice translation in 73 languages while displaying text on a 1.54-inch LCD touchscreen display. 

The stylish device can record conversations for up to two hours in HD, and noise-canceling microphones provide accurate translation even in noisy environments. Since such a device is likely to be used in places like a bar or city square, this is a necessary feature.

The gadget also boasts a long battery life. Cheetah claims that the active battery life is up to 12 hours, although the device can be switched to standby mode for up to 50 days.

This is not Cheetah's first attempt to create two-way translators. CheetahTALK Plus is actually an improved version of the 2018 device. Despite generally positive reviews upon release, some reviews reported that the device is poorly suited for use in noisy areas. Given the special emphasis in the Plus model, it seems that Cheetah Mobile is trying to improve these features.

The company presents its device on Indiegogo and at the time of writing this article, it has collected 300% more than the goal. As part of the crowdfunding campaign, the device can be pre-ordered for a price starting from $99. The delivery of the gadget should begin in October 2020.

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