Sigmo is an innovative voice translator that’s perfect for international travel. The idea started as an Indiegogo campaign. We also featured it on our list of the best travel gadgets this year.
In a nutshell, Sigmo translates in real-time from 25 different languages into English (or any language you prefer). Then you can respond in English or your preferred language and Sigmo will translate it back to the other person. You can have a 2-way conversation with anyone you meet while traveling abroad.
All that it takes to get started with Sigmo is set your native language and the language that you want to translate into. Then press a button and speak. A few moments later, Sigmo will audibly pipe out your phrase or words into the language you chose- Swedish, French, Italian, whatever you want.
Here’s the complete list of supported languages, with more coming in the future:
English (US), English (UK), English (Australia), English (Canada), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (United States), Spanish (Mexico), French (France), French (Canada), Finish, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese (China), Mandarin and Cantonese(Taiwan / Hong Kong), Catalan, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Polish, Russian, Arabic, Indonesian, Hebrew, Czech, Turkish, African, Malay, Croatian, Thai, Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish, Slovak, Hungarian, Ukranian, Hindi.
Sigmo is very small, making it easier to carry around than any type of phrase book or foreign language dictionary. Plus, if you’re going to multiple countries you’d need to bring multiple books most likely. Sigmo can cover an entire multi-country international trip.
It’s difficult to tell how small Sigmo is from a lot of the photos online. This picture shows exactly how tiny this device is. Each side of the square is 1.6 inches or 4 cm. It’s also very lightweight. You can attach it to pretty much any piece of clothing with a small clip that comes with the product, just like in the picture below.
Notice the tiny size. Sigmo comes with a small clip to attach to clothing too.
Aside from the core translation technology, Sigmo has some other cool technology and features too. It has a hands-free setting to eliminate the need for using the physical button. It can also sync with Siri on your iPhone or iPad.
It’s worth noting that Sigmo’s translator works by hooking up to your phone’s Android or iOS operating system. So you would need to have your smartphone with you to use this device. Sigmo doesn’t require any type of highspeed data connection to work though, which is good.
If you want to use Sigmo silently, it comes with an 3.5mm minijack port for headphones. You could hook it up to speakers as well through this jack, although we can’t think of a lot of scenarios where you’d want to.
Overall, we think Sigmo is a product that could be very helpful for getting out of a sticky situation overseas (misunderstandings at the airport, trouble with a local hotel, etc).
But Sigmo will also help you connect with locals and share stories, ask questions, etc. You’ll learn more about the place you’re visiting and the people that live there with this travel device, resulting in a much richer travel experience.