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‘World’s first’ hands free translator launches as huge cost of language deficiency skills revealed

A hands-free translator, Tragl, which is set to break down language barriers and revolutionise the way the world communicates, has launched, as the UK’s language skills deficiency cost the economy up to £17bn in the first quarter of 2018.

Tragl enables people that speak different languages to communicate through tech that works through a patented audio system headset. Tragl is currently crowdfunding £224k via Indiegogo to mass produce the device.

The world’s first live hands-free translator, Tragl, has launched, enabling people that speak different languages to easily communicate with one another through a single headset, as it’s found that the UK’s language skills deficiency cost the British economy up to £17bn in the first quarter of 2018*.

The new tech works through a patented audio system that transmits the translation via a loudspeaker, and then the reply is translated to the headset’s earpiece in the user’s first language.

Tragl uses AI software to enhance voice recognition in the headset, so only the two people having the conversation are translated and background noise is cancelled out.

The revolutionary device can be used both online and offline, with the offline mode catering to 10 languages including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French and German, the top five languages needed by the UK “for prosperity and influence” post-Brexit according to a 2017 British Council report. Tragl’s online mode caters to 30 global languages.

The tech start-up is crowdfunding £224k ($300k) on Indiegogo to mass produce the headset, which retail at around £201 ($270) per unit, however investors can receive a 40% discount.

Tragl’s aim is to revolutionise communication and break down language barriers, with a specific focus on commercial communication, for organisations such as airlines, trade shows, corporate events and meetings – and in turn boost business around the globe.

Alex Shchipanov, founder of Tragl said, “Language is a wonderful thing and what sets us apart from all other species on this planet, so I think it was high time that technology produced something to make it easier for everyone. We live in a global economy and it’s important that the worldwide community can work together as well as possible.

“We are so excited to launch Tragl as it can be useful in so many situations – many of us will be able to relate to not being able to understand and communicate with another person, both professionally and personally. I see Tragl as the future of communication and a cornerstone of successful business in the future.”