Hand-held device provides instant translation for emergency services

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The Japanese Hanashite Hon’yaku app already helps international colleagues and friends to have phone conversations translated in real time. But for emergency workers that come into contact with citizens that don't speak the language, communication can still remain difficult. With this in mind, the ELSA is a portable device that instantly connects responders with a live translator at the push of a button. Designed to be worn around the neck or clipped to the belts of police, firefighters or ambulance drivers, the ELSA – which stands for Enabling Language Service Anywhere – is a small plastic speaker and microphone system…

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