UNBOXED: Reviewing Logbar’s ili Wearable Translator
As our world continues to shrink around us and it becomes easier to travel to foreign lands, we’ve seen translation devices and services crop up all throughout the consumer tech world. The latest entrant—the $249 ili Wearable Translator from Logbar—is perhaps one of the most unique takes on the translation services space. And it also might be the best one yet.
Though it’s described as a “wearable,” all that really means is ili ships with a wrist strap that makes carrying the device around a lot like carrying a point-and-shoot digital camera circa 2006. The ili translator doesn’t physically attach to you or anything like that, and having it do so would really make it more difficult to use.
Using ili is fairly simple in practice. The product is a one-way translation device, which means it can take English input (i.e. sentences or words in English) and translate them to one of three languages: Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. To do so, the user holds a small button near the top of the device, speaks into it, and releases when they’re finished. Then, ili uses its internal processor to recognize what’s been said and then translates it and plays in back in the desired language.