According to Travis, the new Travis Touch is the only AI and machine learning translator of its kind in the world, incorporating voice commands and wireless charging. Travis is not just a translator, it is a device that stands for more personal communication than current translation apps, and can even operate as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 11 other devices.
This is Travis third crowdfunding project and the sucessor of Travis One, the original handheld pocket translator of which Travis sold over 110 000 devices worldwide.
"At Travis, we believe that everyone should be understood, so we're here to help bring true communication into people's lives. That is why we developed a hardware device that enables you to translate and understand 100+ languages. After Travis One, we have received a lot of valuable feedback, which in return helped us create a new and improved product: Travis Touch. The device's main improvements are in hardware and usability", Gregor Noltes, Chief Marketing Officer of Travis, states.
Travis integrates 16 translation engines (from IBM, Microsoft, Google and others) and works by choosing the highest-ranking platform based on the language pair of the user's choice via AI. One of the new features of the Travis Touch is the so-called 'Magic button'. This button uses voice commands to automatically select languages choices. Travis Touch supports wireless charging and voice commands in five different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
Travis Touch also has a 4G connection and is supported by more than 200 mobile operators. Travis Touch will not include a SIM card, however, if there is a card, the device can be turned into a hotspot and users will be able to share the Wi-Fi connection with up to 11 other devices. According to the company, Travis has the advantage of being a stand-alone device and not an app.
"While being busy with apps on our phones, we lose the precious time that we could spend communicating with the people around us. This is why Travis was created as a device; to bridge the gaps in real communication with people from different cultures," says Marijn Booman, Travis General Manager.
"In these busy times, when we are constantly on our phones, we are forgetting how to truly talk with each other and because of that we end up being misunderstood. Therefore we provide people with a soft landing in unfamiliar circumstances, regardless of the situation. Using a Travis gives you a sense of comfort, turning an insecure moment into a positive experience."
Travis Touch is available on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo as of July 31. The first backers can get Travis Touch with discounts from the future retail price of $249. The company promises to start shipping the new devices at the beginning of September 2018.
Click here for the Indiegogo campaign.