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Japan’s tourism is growing – now that is a great thing for the country’s economy, however, it is very difficult for Japanese people and foreign people to communicate because of the language barriers. This is when electronics giant Panasonic steps in. The company has come up with a megaphone that basically translates the user’s speech into multiple different languages. It’s called “The Megahonyaku” – a combo of the Japanese words for “megaphone” and “translation”. It works by observing the user’s Japanese speech, plays back the speech, and then produces a translated version in English, Chinese, and Korean.

Just to clarify, The Megahonyaku is yet to be a finished piece of perfect art – Panasonic has preloaded the device with about 300 set phrases. But thanks to the ability for it to connect to the Internet, you will be able to access more phrases. The device even features a touchscreen, where you can view and use phrases and manage additional extras involved.

Want to get your hands on the megaphone? Well, the company is looking forward to catching some 10,000 deals with customers by the 2018 financial year, and it’ll cost you less than ¥20,000 ($183) a month. Is it really worth it? Let us know your opinion by dropping a comment below, and be sure to hit us up on any of our social media pages right now!

Source: | The Japan Times |

Via: | The Verge |

Image: | Nerdist |

Video: | YouTube |

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