Summary of 2019 in the translator industry

2019 was a good year for translators, but the development of new devices has halted because the whole world stopped. We are already wondering what we will write to you next year? Yet we stay optimistic.



This was a good year, but …

2019 began with the long-awaited premiere of the new Vasco Electronics Translator. The manufacturer of Vasco Mini 2 is a global leader among electronic translators and emphasizes that its offer is a 100% polish product. We looked at all the campaigns and observed that the above fact is underlined and stressed in the manufacturer’s ads. We are delighted to see that the device so highly rated by customers from all over the world comes from Europe.

Vasco Electronics, as the only manufacturer in the world, puts into the customers’ hands a product fully ready for use without additional costs and subscription. What does this mean in practice? By buying Vasco Mini 2, you can translate and speak in over 50 languages ​​in 150 countries for free. Vasco Mini 2 has a built-in SIM card with free and unlimited Internet for translations without any restrictions. The card does not need to be "renewed" for a month or year, and there are no subscription costs. This is a big surprise because their competitors demand payment for further use, and not a small one, but as much as 100 Euro, as in the Pocektalk case.

The Vasco Mini 2 is ready to use immediately after launch. It works independently. You don’t have to connect it to a smartphone or download a mobile application. In February this year, the Vasco Mini 2 device was awarded the prestigious GLOMO 2020 award. Currently, our number one! I wonder what Vasco Electronics will surprise us in 2020?

Vasco Mini


At one of Las Vegas’ stores, we spotted a new, previously unknown Translator Jarvisen, which has a very rich specialized vocabulary and surprises with the quality of translations. Undoubtedly, this device is worth attention. Unfortunately, the barrier to using this translator is the high cost of $ 499. There is also a lack of consumer reviews and feedback, which can be worrying. We will certainly look at this manufacturer.

In 2019 we also met Dosmono T2. The translator was interesting due to the availability of up to 72 languages. However, to use it, you will have to get hold of the SIM card, which connects you to the Internet at the cost of further charges.

Also, already known devices such as Pocketalk or Langogo, as mentioned above, require topping up cards or buying a subscription plan, which generates more costs of usage. These companies are trying to somehow get around this obstacle, offering a starter internet package for a year or two years. Unfortunately, after that, you have to accept the fact that the device will stop working, forcing you to invest in an additional subscription.

Vasco Mini


Travis Translator is another device that can support you while traveling, talking, or studying. However, just like Dosmono, Pocketalk, Langogo or Jarvisen requires the purchase of a SIM card and the costs of use become very high for a travel gadget. Travis went a step further and founded a foundation whose motto is not so much breaking language barriers as the human need to be understood and heard. Each purchased device provides $2.50 to the foundation, which it invests in the process of digitizing minority languages, and electronic dictionaries, so that in the future everyone can get along with everyone. Noble, congratulations on an interesting initiative. We will also watch this topic closely.


The manufacturers are still trying to create something that the whole world is waiting for: A translator in the form of a headset that works smoothly and independently, as in the movie Star Trek (remember?) The famous scene with communication without barriers was probably the inspiration to create headphone translators.

The first such translator is PILOT, presented in 2018. After the premiere, customers sent Google an avalanche of inquiries about the translator handset. However, the PILOT let the customers down, turned out to be an incomplete answer to the market needs. The translator works only after installing the translation application, and a handset is only an additional gadget.

Shortly after the PILOT, the WT2 Plus translator appeared, working similarly to PILOT, via Bluetooth headphones. In this case, it is a little more effective (we tested both), and here one smartphone was enough for communication, and not as in the case of PILOT - two. However, this device is also not gaining popularity, as it requires downloading the translation application to a smartphone. Unfortunately, the communication itself does not look like on the ads and, well, as we would have dreamed.

We are waiting impatiently for manufacturers to create a discreet handset that does not require connecting with any device and translates in real-time. Fantasy? We think it will happen. With such galloping technology, we hope to see you soon.

Vasco Mini


The end of the year was a nervous time ...

In September, a wave of banners with the "translator" Muam Enence flooded the Internet. We responded to this situation in our article in which we suggest how to choose a translator that will serve us trouble-free.
Make sure you read this:



We received inquiries from customers why the Muama ENENCE device is not included in the ranking and what is the opinion of our team. Find the answer below:

Muama Enence is not a translator and therefore has not been rated by us. It is a hands-free kit for an application. Looking for reviews, we came across a vast number of negative statements that show that customers did not receive the product or that returns are not accepted. Customers also didn’t receive money after a refund. Not wanting to be groundless, we include places where you can find all information about the fraud we are dealing with here. It is about trust, which results in extortion of money. Note, the same device was advertised recently by the same manufacturer, but under a different name, Nativo PRO. Doing so confirms that the manufacturer no longer wants to be associated with a product with a bad reputation and changed the name to hide that it is the same device.

The European Consumer Center (EVC) has received numerous complaints against this producer. Read the case reports on these links:


Other translator manufacturers and the largest store with translators also referred to Muama’s aggressive Electronic Translators campaign clearly stated that they do not sell this device and will never do. They also asked customers to return the Muama device where it was purchased, i.e., from the manufacturer. Electronic Translators have told us that since November, they have recorded many phone calls and emails regarding requests for assistance in the Muama complaint process, but they do not sell these devices.

Travis Translator, on the other hand, published an article warning his producer Muama Enence.

Both Vasco Electronics, Travis, and took social responsibility to reduce the scale of fraud. Perhaps thanks to these actions, the number of deceived customers has decreased.


Technology fairs - our knowledge base about translators

We derive our knowledge of translators, consumer electronics, and technological innovations, mainly from the electronics trade shows, where we can meet exhibitors and talk to producers. We were present as guests at IFA in Berlin and the largest electronics fair CES 2020 in Las Vegas. We also planned to go to the MWC in Barcelona. Unfortunately, it was canceled due to fears of coronavirus infection that had taken over the world.



During this fair, at the gala, the Vasco Mini 2 translator was officially awarded the GLOMO 2020 award in the "Best connected consumer device" category. The Vasco Mini 2 device in its category competed with such giants as LG, LetinAR, which is a huge global success of Polish Vasco Electronics.

The jury summarized the victory of Vasco Mini 2 in this way:

"Smart, specific product that understands its niche target market - this company has kept it simple and focused on making it work well, which are good working principles."

As we mentioned, this fair did not take place, but we know from social media that the award for the Vasco Mini 2 Translator has reached the producer. Big congratulations for this small device.

Coronavirus has many people holding their breath and has stopped the whole world. It has also stopped travel. We hope that it will not prevent manufacturers from improving equipment.

ili – is it worth investing in a product that doesn’t exist?

In recent times, a plethora of startups have been successful across the world. What are they? How do they work? Are they fair? Why are they so popular and profitable? In this blog, we take a closer look at this phenomenon. I’ve investigated examples of electronic translators and must admit to being inspired by this year’s hype about Logbar’s ili and Waverly Labs’ The Pilot that were hailed as science fiction coming to life.

Startup and crowdfunding – what are they?

At the core of every startup lies a fantastic idea – a person or group of people behind an idea try to make their way from rags to riches without any venture capital. All they have is zealous optimism.

In case of services, a computer program or an application, this sounds quite plausible. You don’t need a factory, an assembly line, physical workers – sometimes all you need is you.

Nevertheless, to create a touchable product, the old way of thinking is needed to make the idea profitable. Methods of raising funds vary from credits, through business angels to crowdfunding, with the latter reaching a whole new level in the Internet era. A huge amount of money can be raised from indiscriminate people across the world – you just need to convince them that what you’re going to do is one of most innovative ideas of all time. However, it’s not so easy to be paid for a non-existent product – it takes time and effort … but it can be done.

Even though potential customers risk a lot, they still buy things that are haven’t even been produced. Sometimes, the product’s life ends with a nice image and a video promoting its virtues – with people who have already paid for left without the item and without the money they original paid.

SIGMO – more than 3,000 people deceived

One of the most famous cases is an attempt to produce the SIGMO translator. An extremely colorful and well-prepared campaign duped 3,371 people into sponsoring a product that has never come into being. The SIGMO team raised almost $250,000 from trusting customers via the popular crowdfunding portal Indiegogo, while assuming that production would only cost $15,000.

The company promised to launch its device in 2014 … but it never happened. At the beginning, the premiere was postponed, and then postponed again. It’s been almost three years now, and the people who “bought” the translator have no choice but to leave negative feedback on the crowdfunding page. Those people who invested from $1 to $4,100 now want to get their money back – but SIGMO isn’t showing any signs of life.

The famous “Babel Fish” – an earpiece translator

Another product in our well-known category of translators that continues to inspire people’s imagination is The Pilot. The famous “Babel Fish” looks like a gadget out of science fiction due to its shape and use. Its premiere, however, has already been rescheduled three times! It should have been produced in September 2016, but was postponed until May 2017. While in March 2017, it was announced that The Pilot won’t be ready until autumn 2017. Is this the final due date? We really can’t be sure.

Waverly Labs, the company responsible for the idea, is a startup funded by the generosity of its sponsors. The project raised the incredible amount of $4,424,256, with almost 20,000 people wanting to buy The Pilot for $199 per item. By the end of the summer holidays, we will know whether Waverly Labs will have kept its promise and sent its magical translator to customers.

We’ll also know whether the device works as described in its advertising. Andrew Ochoa, the company’s CEO, interviewed by Forbes, says: “This thing isn’t the Babel Fish, it is only going to work in certain conditions”. What are these “certain conditions”? He doesn’t explain.

I tried to contact Waverly Labs about The Pilot and I even visited their office in Brooklyn. I got no response and found nobody there – the address given as Waverly Labs’ headquarters is just a space with offices for rent.

ili – a translator that doesn’t exist

In 2015, a company named Logbar started a campaign to produce a translation device. Their potential product called ili was about to revolutionize the world according to Logbar’s promo videos. In January 2016, during the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas, Logbar announced it would launch its product during summer. Since then, we haven’t heard anything about it at all.

I still can’t verify whether Logbar is looking for sponsors or customers. If you have any news – please let me know. My email is But what I know for sure is that Logbar gathers data from people who want to buy the translator through their website … data such as your name or address that can be used against you. Better be safe than sorry.

Ring – smart, solution that didn’t meet the expectations

Logbar’s reputation is even more doubtful after a similar scheme in 2013 when they raised over $880,000 from 5,161 people for “Ring” through crowdfunding portal Kickstarter to promote a product that didn’t exist. Ring also got an innovation award at CES and a number of customers actually received the end product. The reviews hold no illusions. Ring wasn’t what was expected.

Hype about a non-existent product

I`m not saying that every startup is doomed to fail because it is run by swindlers. Sometimes it’s a great way to make dreams come true. However, the examples clearly show that good marketing can easily mislead thousands of people looking for an innovative solution.

The world produces hundreds of innovative products everyday designed to serve human beings and improve their lives. Some never come to fruition, while some become indispensable. A lot of them are simply a swindle. So it’s worth analyzing the market and the producer before you invest in something that will either work differently to what you expect or will never even be produced!

All in all, if you’re looking for an electronic translator out of a science fiction movie, you should check the existing offer before you invest in the kinds of products mentioned in this blog. Perhaps some of them will be suitable for and satisfy your needs? My advice is to keep an eye on the market, read reviews and check the top 10 lists before parting with your money.

I hope that my articles will help you make the best choice!

Jimmy J. Draper

How to choose an electronic translator

First of all, ask yourself a question: Why do I need an electronic translator?
The question of purpose is an essential one.
An electronic translator is a portable, easy to work with device that possesses all the written and spoken tools to aid in the learning of a foreign language or in travel to a foreign country. Choosing an electronic translator can be a difficult process. It is important to keep in mind the intended use of the translator when coming to a decision. Secondly, you need to decide what languages are spoken in the destination you’re going to or what language your business partner’s use. Many a traveller have wondered if the Swiss language really exists or how many cases Brazilian has. And that’s not a joke! Please check Wikipedia before your flight, then you will know if you need an electronic translator that speaks Mandarin or Cantonese, Khmer or Malayalam. Nonetheless, the most popular languages are, of course, English, Spanish, French and German. These you will find in almost all of the translators. More European and a couple of Asian languages are installed with the Vasco Translator and Vasco Traveler, these translators are perfect at communication. At the time of choosing an electronic translator it is important to keep in mind the intended use of the device. Whether you are going to use it only for learning a new language, for personal use or for an aid while travelling. All these factors come into play when choosing the device that is right for you. If you are planning to travel abroad and leave the safety of your home country than the Vasco Traveler Premium would be the perfect choice as it is equipped with a GPS, currency converter and many other important applications that will come in handy while traveling to a foreign country. It is important to review all the options provided by each translator and then to choose the one that will be perfect for your needs. If your intended use of the translator is just to learn a new language than it is important to determine the variables that are required in learning the specific foreign language. After determining the circumstances under which you will be learning a new language and being completely sure what tools you will be needing for your learning process, it is certain that you will be able to find an electronic translator that includes all the features that are needed for your development in that language.

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A summary of how the electronic translator market presented itself in 2016

The year 2016 can be summarized as a time of great farewells but also as a time of great greetings. There were several reissues and returns. Noticeable was also a tendency to move away from traditional forms of innovation in the field of hardware.

Farewell Franklin  

American manufacturer of electronic translators existing in the market since the 80`s withdrew from its activities. The last device, which fans of the brand, were able to buy in the summer of this year would forever (or at least for the moment) be extinct. Say goodbye to the old and very popular Franklin Dictionary.

Farewell Luxa and P900

Ectaco does not want to fall out of the market, feeling the breath of competition as the market-leading Vasco Electronics are also abandoning their traditional form of foldable devices (foldable devices with a keyboard) and are moving to a more modern hardware with touch screen with their line of translators. It is true that the number of translations still cannot compare with what the competitors offer but it may indicate trends, which are being led by products such as the Traveler and Translator from Vasco Electronics.

Premiere of the C-Pen Dictionary

The novelty of 2016 was definitely the C-Pen Dictionary. It is a clever translating device, equipped with an Oxford dictionary which is available in seven languages. It will flourish with certainly in the hands of those who know English and want to expand their language skills or expand their range, e.g. in Chinese, Russian or French.

The premiere of the Vasco Traveler Solid 2

Awarded in 2015, the Vasco Traveler Solid has lived to see its worthy successor in 2016. The manufacturer improved the new hardware - far faster processor and more RAM, which affect the speed of all applications on this device, as well as increase the capacity for data storage. The younger brother of the Vasco Solid has been equipped with a battery with a larger capacity which significantly extends the operating time. An additional advantage can be the refreshed and new appearance of the device itself, as well as the applications which seem to work better and better every year.

Class A+ devices from Vasco Electronics

I think that anyone who had the opportunity to try the Vasco Translator with a dedicated scanner for text, will admit that I was right, it really was a high-class device. Particularly impressive is its fluidity of operation and incredible intuitiveness of the scanner. Connecting to a Vasco device is done quickly and with a single button, the ability to scan long text by line for someone like me, who is a connoisseur of the foreign press, is the perfect support system.

The premiere of the five-inch device with a scanner preceded the world release of the devices with a QWERTY keyboard. For me, a strong supporter of touch screens, this solution is not a big step forward, it is sure to satisfy those who appreciate the traditional form of text input into the translator. The device is comfortable, light and certainly suited to the business conquests abroad.

And what about 2017?

2016 was full of a wealth of new releases, premieres and farewells. Rumours say that the coming year of 2017 will not fail us in this respect, but I will write about it soon.

Why is the Vasco Translator a good choice for learning a foreign language?

Learning a foreign language enables you to change your travelling experience, to improve employability, to study abroad, to gain knowledge of a new culture and even to make new friends. When doing so whether it is for personal or professional gain it is aimed to learn each part of the foreign language including grammar and vocabulary, as well as its correct use in sentences.
The Vasco Translator Premium is an excellent choice when learning a foreign language since such an activity is aimed to fully capture a language’s correct spelling as well as its correct pronunciation and use in conversation. The Vasco Translator Premium provides all of this. With a great amount of ease this translator enables the user to access the translation tools required to learn a foreign language. The biggest problem when learning a foreign language is the need to find a tool that provides an application for the user to listen and capture the correct form of pronunciation and spelling in the desired language. When using this translator the biggest problem becomes the smallest since the Vasco Translator Premium enables the user to engage in conversation utilizing the correct pronunciation and spelling. Simply choose the language of choice and speak into the translator in your native tongue. This translator contains a tool that allows the user to correctly hear back the pronunciation and see the spelling of each word in the desired language, making it easier for the user to gain fluency in the language he/she is learning. This characteristic can take years to acquire but is made a lot easier with the Vasco Translator Premium.

A situation when the Vasco Traveler Premium will come in handy while travelling.

Travelling abroad can bring on some difficult situations. It is always good to have at least one tool that you know will definitely help solve your emergency problems. In case of travelling to a foreign country whether you do or don’t have the capacity to speak fluently in the country’s language if aided by the Vasco Traveler Premium you can probably find an easy solution to every problem. The Vasco Traveler Premium possesses tools such as GPS, guidebooks, emergency numbers and embassies, pill reminder and currency converter. Tools that a traveler should not be without. If you travel to a country with a different time zone and need to take medication at a given time than this is a device that you should not be without. The Vasco Traveler Premium enables the user to schedule medication intake reminders. In another situation, for example, when needing to find a place or find a way back to a hotel when you can’t understand the directions given to you by a native the Vasco Traveler Premium can help you find your way back using its GPS and guidebooks. It will send you in the right way. It’s difficult to get accustomed to a new currency right away, so when purchasing goods in a foreign place with a currency difference it can be tricky for someone to understand what the exact amount of money they’re paying for something is. Since the Vasco Traveler Premium possesses a currency converter this problem is easily solved. Simply input the price of sale, choose the currency conversion and the exchange rate is presented to you in real time. The most important feature that the Vasco Traveler Premium possesses is possibly the emergency numbers function. Being put in an uncomfortable situation while travelling can happen to anyone. Having access to emergency numbers in a given country is very important. The Vasco Traveler Premium has emergency numbers programmed in the device. Simply choose the country and the department or agency you want to reach and call for help. The SOS function is also a very important tool. If faced with an emergency, you can simply send an SOS message to a family member for help. This device is definitely one that a traveler should not be without.