The desire to be more well connected is shared by most, if not all, people. Whether it is through technology or through physical interaction, people want to be closer to other people. Some people prefer less interaction than others, I am a self-professed introvert, but the desire to communicate well is common to both extrovert and introverts. One of the biggest hurdles to interaction is the language barrier, especially with Americans. Americans speak English and have the smallest of educations in Spanish or French and I find it quite sad that we don’t learn more languages. I am not the most well traveled individual but I have had my share of international excursions. The frustration that comes with not being able to communicate succinctly with a foreigner is compounded every time you find yourself pointing and overemphasizing English words when the Italian baker has no idea what you’re talking about. I find myself strapped for time; I don’t have time to learn another language while I’m in college. I do plan to attempt to learn other languages once I graduate but for now, I have to live with the frustration. Or so I thought.
Enter SIGMO. You may have been looking at the pictures and wondering what such a small device would actually do. Maybe it’s an MP3 player or a fitness tracker. Actually, it does something even better; it’s an instant translator. That’s right: Instant. No more carrying around books or dictionaries, no more awkward usage of your smartphone. This little guy, at 4 cm by 4 cm, is fantastically unobtrusive and sleek when not being used yet impossibly valuable when it is being used.
There are two ways to use SIGMO. The first is to translate from your native language to the language you desire. The other is to translate from the language you desire to your native language. There are two buttons that are separately and exclusively set to the different modes. You push the button before you or the other person speaks, SIGMO listens, and then SIGMO instantly translates the phrase. For being able to communicate cohesively with a complete stranger with only a slight delay, I’d say the improvement over pointing and grunting is quite significant.
Translating software is always tricky, whether voice commanded or typed, there is always the uncertainty of the intended meaning against the literal meaning. All languages have such nuances so does SIGMO plan to counter this problem? Actually, it does. Rather than simply listening to each word that is spoken, SIGMO utilizes a smart translating technology that simultaneously listens for phrases as well as individual words. Even with this smart translating technology, there will be a margin of error. However, the software team behind SIGMO promises that all improvements to the software will be free of charge.
Never Meet a Stranger Again
Communicating with foreigners used to require a lot of effort on your part. SIGMO seeks to change that. All you need is a smartphone and SIGMO will be with you everywhere you go. It will clip on your clothes or fit in your pocket. It won’t kill your battery life because the app on your phone will run in the background, always ready when you need it. It will also double as a speakerphone and take advantage of Siri and Google Now. The price is set at $50 with an undetermined delivery date. SIGMO combines a revolutionary idea with an inconspicuous yet sleek design and possibility of infinite free refinement.