From Wizcom, makers of all things text-to-translated comes the Quicktionary TS Premium - a way to scan, translate, store and interpret the written word. Premium indeed!
Any student who has taken a language class or traveler who has attempted to make sense of newspapers in a foreign country knows the headache that comes will trying to decipher the meanings of local idioms and speech phrases. In the case of the student, not knowing a single word or phrase can have serious consequences on their overall grade and learning experience and for the traveler the lack of a "universal translator" can make then feel far more isolated. While the world of technology hasn't quite caught up with Star Trek, the Wizcom Quicktionary TS Premium is a decent intermediary substitute that can not only scan text but read and translate it as well.
The TS is meant to be portable - as in "fits in your pocket" portable - so that it can be used at any time. Its built-in optical scanning head can be run over text to capture and translate it on the high-res touch screen located along the middle of the device. In addition, the TS has a built-in speaker if the user wants to hear the text read aloud in English, as well as a headphone jack so as not to disturb those around. A USB port, stylus slot and 5-way navigation button round out the list of physical features on the TS.
Of course, that's not all - and for just shy of $300 US, it had better not be.
The TS can also store up to 20,000 lines of text which can then be transferred to any windows-based app on a desktop, laptop or phone for later use and revision. As well, it is able to provide not only instant translation of words but take into account idioms and phrases to give the translation the best chance of being accurate. That, combined with 45 available dictionaries for the TS make it not only portable but extremely useful on the whole.
Of course, we always have a bone to pick and in this case its more on the student side of things than for the traveler - though both get included in the mix. For the student, the $300 price tag may be worth it but concerns might arise about the TS as a crutch or an impediment to learning the language as it should be. For the traveler, $300 is a bit steep just to have a few words and phrases analyzed and with the extremely small size of the TS, losing it is a real possibility.
When all is said and done and the verbs, nouns and adjectives settle down, the TS is still a great product concept for the money with a large amount of functionality in a small package - something that always translates well.