To boldly go where no man has gone before…for Captain Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise crew that might mean the deep reaches of space, but for a company called Sigmo, the most foreign landscape is here on earth.
Sigmo is a small square-shaped bit of technology that the user wears around his or her neck.
The device itself is pretty simple. Sigmo boasts a microphone and speaker in a trendy simple design, but the real futuristic stuff takes place inside the device which allows it to translate just about any language into the wearer’s native tongue, which helps the user get around a new frontier faster than a Tribble’s libido.
Just select the language you want translated and speak into Sigmo. It sends your voice to a cloud based system that connects though Bluetooth and your own smart phone. Just seconds after you send the request, Sigmo plays it back so anyone near you can hear.
With this device, it means no more fumbling through your smartphone in 10 degree weather, trying to find the Norwegian translation for “Where is the bathroom?”
However, you do need to have internet access for it to function, so if you travel to Siberia to chat with the locals in the remote wilderness, Sigmo will be as useless as all those flashing lights and buttons in the background on the Enterprise.
The company has been finalizing the device for several weeks but the first shipping to customers is due this month.