NY-based ECTACO INC., known internationally for developing some of the most advanced handheld translation solutions in the world, emerged from the recent International Consumer Electronic Show held in Las Vegas January 7-10 as the clear winner when it came to innovation, usability and sheer ‘wow’ factor.


Even before the fair started, Ectaco had been honored for its newest travel and language-learning device, the remarkable iTRAVL NTL-9C. Walking away with the coveted Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award award, Ectaco demonstrated once again how their proven combination of technical know-how, superior design and customer-centered approach trumped the competition when it came to being the ‘must-have’ item of the fair.


Containing just about everything the smart business or leisure traveler needs to make visiting foreign destination an easily navigated experience, the 2-way hands-free travel companion was attracting people in droves to see what all the fuss was about. Offering users a unique combination of human voice enabled talking translator and phrasebook that both understands what is said to it and speaks translations aloud.


Using real human voice output the device also acts as a personal language tutor and travel guide rolled into one with destination information provided by CIA. With its more than 5,000,000 words and 70,000 phrases accessed via the most intuitive and robust multilingual interfaces the iTRAVL NTL-9C is in a class of its own providing a new piece of technology that is both stylish and practical.


Ectaco Inc. president and CEO David Lubinitsky was proud of all the attention the device was getting and said, “We knew we had a winner even when were still at the planning stages but to see the device being used as it was intended, and bringing smiles of wonder to people’s faces, is more enjoyable than we ever imagined. People from all walks of life and from different countries who would never have been able to communicate before now have a chance to get to know one another. We even had a couple use the iTRAVL to arrange a date and two businessmen used the iTRAVL to close a deal! Now that’s progress.”


iTRAVL NTL in CES 2008: Video report