For expat founders entering the China market, and for Chinese travelers visiting overseas countries, the language difference is the first and essential problem they run into. Aiming to help people have a conversation regardless of their language difference, Travis the Translator recognizes and translates speech in 80 of the most common languages within two seconds and is now launching in China.

Google Translation can be of help, but it eats up your battery if you’re up for a longer period translation work. Targeting China market, Dutch startup is now selling Travis devices through their WeChat public account and will start receiving retail orders starting from the end of May. Their crowdfunding campaign just got funded 746% of their modest $80,000 goal on Indiegogo, summing up to US$ 596,848 with 1 day to go.

The market is huge. There are 7.5 billion people in the world using 7,097 languages, and the 83% speaks only one language. Priced at US$ 139, the translator is a handheld, pocket-sized device and comes with a matching Android app. We couldn’t try out the translation, but Travis sure was light and compact in size.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com