Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Electronic Dictionaries and Hand-held Translation Tools

Ectaco-Handheld Electronic Dictionaries and Linguistic Software
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Online Hardware and Software Clearinghouse

Ectaco is an online clearinghouse hub for all relating to translation, language and tools and technologies to manage these better.

To me, one of the most interesting technologies available on this online shop are Universal Voice Translators allowing spoken sentences to be automatically translated from one language to another without having to type anything.

Russian can be immediately translated to English or German and vice versa. The same can be done with French, Spanish and soon with as many languages as you can think of. What a help when needing to travle to countries in which you do not know a word of the language. these universal translators generally contain several thousand phrases commonly used in most kinds of travel situations, organized in several subject categories.

Universal talking translators such as the one described above cost around USD $ 200 or more.

Universal translators can be also customized and personalized for companies and organizations needing a controlled vocabulary to be used consistently across operations.

These units are fueled by a pair of standard AA-size alkaline batteries and can work uninterrupted for up to 36 hrs. They also normally include an integrated microphone, speaker, recording capabilities, LCD display and volume controls.

To see what a unit looks like check out this well prepared photo gallery at:

Universal translators that are text-based have also great capabilities and mainstream products like the ML101 can handle up to ten or more languages at one time. Their internal vocabulary can manage in a unit as small as a pocket calculator 200 hundred commonly used phrases in each language as well as over four million words in total. The price is around USD $ 100 (see it at

See more of Ectaco useful translation products also at:




Readers' Comments    
2004-04-26 19:25:36

Burt McCarthy

I wish to purchase two (2) Ectaco Partner ES-X5 Bi- Directional English to Spanish Speaking Translators, can you please provide me with a list of your agents in the hope of me receiving a good price for the two.

Many thanks,

Burt McCarthy.

posted by Robin Good on Tuesday, December 3 2002, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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