Soldiers test the SQ.410 Translation System in July in Vicenza, Italy.
The Army is currently developing a two-way handheld translation device that can be used by soldiers in the field when deployed in foreign countries, starting with deployments in Africa.
The SQ.410 Translation System made by VoxTec is currently programmed with nine languages and does not require a cell network or an Internet connection the Army said in a release. The device, which is designed to be worn on the chest for hands-free operation, will repeat a soldier’s spoken words in English and display them on the screen, so the soldier can be sure the voice recognition is accurate. The system then provides written and spoken translations in the other language, the Army said. It also can be used to record conversations.