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"IU™", a new, innovative, and useful translation device!

World's smallest online and offline bidirectional translation device with 21 languages available now. Super-small Form-factor!

"IU™", a new, innovative, and useful translation device!

World's smallest online and offline bidirectional translation device with 21 languages available now. Super-small Form-factor!

¥288,209
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14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 12 2018 11:23 AM UTC +00:00

About

 Please ensure the following prior to purchasing your IU device:
IU device contains the lithium battery which can only ship to certain countries, some of the countries which this includes are as follows:

  • Italy
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Cuba
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Vatican
  • France
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Saudi Arabia

and more... Please ensure your country allows for the import of lithium batteries prior to purchasing this product.

FOR CHINESE BACKERS

Some smartphones from China do not support Google services such as Google Play and Google Text to Speech engine which are required to be used to activate IU app and IU device. Please ensure this is possible on your device prior to purchasing this product.

Refer to the following link to find out the supported device:

https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1727131?hl=en

Refer to this link to find out if your device works with IU offline translation:

https://i-u.com.tw/en/notSupport                       

 We're bringing the first iteration of our offline translation technology here to the Kickstarter platform so that everyone who supports us in this new step forward will be the first to get their hands on this technology. The first two languages we have made this technology usable with is the top 2 trading languages in the world, English and Chinese. We hope you will support us in making this software more and more advanced as we develop it further.

Have you ever had issues when taking a vacation and being unable to speak the native language of the country you're in? Are you struggle to converse with visitors to your country?

The world is smaller for us since there are more ways to break the language barrier. Thanks to the latest technology, we not only make the breakthrough but also open the vision for the future.  

We wondered what we could do about these issues; how can we make it easier for people to communicate with others even if they don't know their partner's language? and so we set out to create a device that could fix this, the "IU".

We proudly present this mini and smart gadget, "IU" will help you to translate between languages easier. Our design allows users to speak different languages but still clear and fast to understand each other. Press one button, when one person speaks, the other hears it in their selected language. No matter where you are from, communicate to foreigners now will be an enjoyment.  By using our smartphone application specifically made for "IU", you can choose from over 20 different languages to translate both your and your partner's speech!

Through crowdfunding "IU", we hope to expand the distribution of our product to many more locations around the world. 

For all the people that support us during this venture, we will be offering the product at a discounted price, following suite of all other crowdfunding projects.

We want to move forward with both the money and exposure we receive from you to make even better and more useful products to help you in your everyday lives.

"IU", is a device that can fit into the palm of your hand and will allow you to speak to anyone without the need to know their native language. With the walkie-talkie style interface design, it is easy to use. 

Currently, our device can translate over 21 different languages just by listening to your voice including some of the most spoken including English, Chinese, Korean, French or Italian.

Arabic / Cantonese / Traditional Chinese / Danish  / Dutch / English / French German / Greek / Hindi / Indonesian / Italian / Japanese / Korean Portuguese / Russian / Spanish / Swedish / Thai / Turkish / Vietnamese 

When creating something new, we always have a purpose in mind; why are we creating this product? for who? what purpose? but, we also believe that if a product can have more than one use, why not implement other features to help out the user?

For "IU", not only have we made a translation device but a portable speaker so that you can enjoy the time when you watch videos, make voice calls or listen to your favorite music all in a single device.

First, connect your IU device with the provided USB cable to a computer or laptop, then charge it for around 1.5 hours. Doing so should fully charge the IU device.

Download and open the IU application on your smartphone, then select the language you are going to be using. The "I" section is your language,  the "U" section is the language of the person who you are speaking with.

Ensure the switch on the device is flipped to "on". Once the announcer states that the Bluetooth connection has been made, you're good to go!

Press the "I" button, a sound should ring from the device telling you to begin speaking. Ensure you keep the button held down for the device to keep listening! Once you have let go, another sound will ring and the device then translates and broadcasts the message to your partner.

Your partner can reply using the exact same method, allowing you to have a hassle free conversation no matter what the language!

 To change the language, simply speak to IU. Hold the "I" and "U" buttons for around 3 seconds and an announcer should ask you to "Select a language". To set the languages, simply say them out loud to your IU device whilst continuing to hold the buttons. The first language you say will be the language set to "I" and the second to "U".

For example, if you were setting it to English and Italian you would simply hold the two buttons and say "English, Italian."

 Changing IU into offline mode is simple. All you have to do is select the offline mode from the settings screen of the app and download the languages you want to be able to translate whilst offline!

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In the beginning, like most projects, the design was a very complicated and bulky shape. However, we aimed for an easily hold-able and fun design, as we made various revisions the shape, weight, and design improved more and more. 

We thought about both the technology and design of our device. We wanted the perfect balance. We didn't just want IU to be simple in design, but simple in functionality.

There are many different ways and places where you can use "IU". 

Maybe you're on holiday and can't understand the menu or the person serving you doesn't speak your native language? Maybe you're wanting to buy a gift from a small store you found but can't ask the price?

Maybe you own a hotel or run an air BNB and want to talk with your customers to get more input on how you can improve?

All of these reasons are things we thought about when we decided to create IU.

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Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0  

Weight: 38g  

Product Dimensions: 30x30x35mm  

Power: Lithium Battery 300mAH 

Mic: Noise Canceling internal Dual Mic  

Charing type: DV output 5V

Continuous usage time: 3 to 5 hours  

Charge time: 1.5 Hours (The battery limit and charge time may vary on charge location and method)  

Package Include: IU Device*1, Micro-USB cable*1, Neck-strap (Black)*1, User Introduction*1, Warranty card( with serial number)*1  

Applicable: iOS 10+, Android 6.2+ , iPhone7 / 8 / 10

Languages: Arabic /Cantonese /Chinese Traditional /Danish /English /French /German /Greek /Hindi /Indonesian /Italian /Japanese /Korean Portuguese /Russian /Spanish /Swedish /Thai /Turkish /Vietnamese

Country of origin; Taiwan

※ The information written here is subject to change. 

The idea behind IU actually came from a Japanese anime that the leader of the development team watched as a child. In this show there was an item that one of the characters had which would automatically translate any language into the language that the main character spoke allowing him to understand anyone and anything in the galaxy. Not only this but it translated what the character was saying into the person he was speaking to's language also!

With this inspiration behind him, he set out creating a device as similar as possible to the one he had seen in the show. He wanted an item that would allow people to speak with anyone with any issues.

It took him 2 whole years to create a working prototype, even after completing the prototype he worked his absolute hardest alongside the development team making the device better; heading onto the streets to see if it worked, spending countless hours rewriting and improving code and design until he had a product that resembled that of the device the character used within the Japanese anime.

Lately, everything that is released seems to need to be connected to the internet. That's the day and age we are currently living in. 

We believe that this is starting to get a little out of hand; as such, we decided in the future, we would love to make it so the IU can be used offline as well. No more searching for WiFi hot-spots or paying large bills for mobile data when abroad!

From the current generation to the next. The audio translation world is constantly taking huge strides forward. Offline capabilities, translation accuracy, operational response. We are aiming to increase and obtain all of these, even today, we are training thoroughly and to the best of our efforts to achieve these goals.

Please share any ideas you might have for improving the device also!

Alongside the IU, we are currently offering 3 specially made, coloured neck-straps which you can choose from. As of right now, a black strap comes default with a purchase of an IU device, however, if this isn't for you, you can go ahead and purchase a white or pink one!

Q: Do I have to register an account to be able to use the IU phone app?

A: Yes, account registration is required. To be able to pair your IU with your device, it is required for you to enter your email address into the account registration form. Furthermore, on your first pairing, you must enter your serial number.

Q: Do you have plans to increase the number of languages the device can translate?

A: We do have plans to increase the number of languages, however, it is not currently confirmed which languages we are going to be adding.

Q: How long does the battery on the device last for?

A: You can continuously use the device for 5 hours. However, depending on the amount you charged the device or how you went about charging it, this could vary.

Q: How long is the guarantee?

A: After registering your account and serial number, it is 1 year. However, we only cover natural causes, things such as dropping the device or spilling water over it is not covered.

Q: Is IU waterproof?

A: IU is not waterproof. Please don't use it anywhere where it might get wet.

Risks and challenges

There are a few risks and challenges that we are currently dealing with, we are working to the best of our abilities to ensure that these issues are fixed as soon as possible. All of the support we gain through the crowdfunding project will be key to helping us do research to fix these issues for future revisions.

・Right now, the device takes a little time to respond.
・We still aren't able to translate all languages that are spoken around the world.
・There are times where based on the location and surrounding noise, the device cannot translate what it has been told well.
・It's not too good and translating very long sentences. We are still making improvements to help better this among other areas.
・There are chances that both the device itself as well as the application's design change in the future.
・Due to the product being shipped overseas, there are chances that a tax fee may occur.

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