Here’s a cool tool that is easy to understand (literally!), especially when you see it in action. It’s a handheld device that translates one’s spoken language into the preferred language. How it works is: one simply holds the button. That’s it! For the camera, one simply points at the specific text, and the device will automatically translate. It’s called Pocketalk, and is from a Japan and US-headquartered company of the same name. 

They connect people of all backgrounds through fast, easy and accurate language translation. Their solutions, including the handheld Pocketalk collection and cloud-based Pocketalk App, create a bridge for connection in 82 languages and can be used anywhere with internet/data connection. The handheld is a multi-sensory two-way translation device. Pocketalk utilizes the best translation engines around the world to provide a consistently accurate experience (across 82 languages), including localized dialects and slang.

The company’s mission is to build deeper connections through conversation and shatter language barriers.

According to its developers, in 2022, the greatest need has been and will continue to be in the education system. According to the National Education Association, it’s estimated that by 2025, 1 in 4 children in classrooms across the nation will be ELL students, further driving the need for translation devices in the classroom.

Pocketalk aims to help with devices now being used in more than 100 U.S. school districts, helping thousands of educators, administrators, and, most importantly, students and their families navigate school regardless of the language spoken; it’s working—with 60% of schools using Pocketalk becoming repeat purchasers.

Madison County Schools (Alabama) is a first-hand story of the device’s impact. The school has 75 devices in their school system to support ELL. The devices have been a big success, as they considerably improved students’ ability to complete assignments and enhanced connections between school administrators and new families, between school staff and students and between new students and peers. Learn more


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