The stock of Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU) closed at $234.49 losing 2.53% in yesterday’s trading session. This Chinese web company and search giant has expressed its great commitment towards making it a lot much easier for all tourists to get around Japan, China and the English-speaking countries. To achieve its objective, it will soon be unveiling a new gadget. It will have the ability to listen to a given person speak in a particular language and then immediately repeat it back in another language.
It is easy for anyone to argue out that this is basically a role that can be played by most of the phone apps. However, the expected gadget is expected to come with more benefits. It hasn’t been assigned a name to this point in time, but that will happen with time.
This translation device will impress most of the users considering that it won’t be draining on a user’s battery. The most amazing part is the fact that the translation device will be automatic. That will be contrary to the phone apps which will always require that users open them up and set them up before they get going. Baidu is considering setting up a dedicated internet connection into the translator as well. It is reportedly said that it will be serving as a Wi-Fi hot spot.
Nikkei has revealed that Baidu has plans underway to unveil the device in China, with units being available for both rent and buy. A lot of analysts tend to be in favor of the rent option. It makes more sense considering that this is a device that one needs only for between one to two weeks and upon extension it moves to one year.
It is not yet clear as to how soon the product will go on sale. At the moment, the only available image looks like a mock-up but one thing that is for sure is that it will weight far less than a smartphone. In terms of weight, it will be about five ounces. The company hopes to unveil the device in Japan next year.
An official working with the provider opined, “There’s no word on which other languages the device will support, but Nikkei reports that it’ll be compatible with cell networks in 80 countries.”