A blaring megaphone is an effective way to get people’s attention. But what if the people in the room speak a multitude of languages?
A Tokyo airport is trying to solve the language gap with international travelers with a megaphone that lets the user communicate in three different languages. A worker speaking one of three languages, Chinese, Korean or English, can have their message broadcast in the other two.
Made by Panasonic, it is called a Magaphoneyaku. Yaku means translation.
Narita International Airport is testing the smart megaphone after it had problems communicating with stranded travelers about food and water during an airport flood in 2014, according to the website SlashGear.
A picture published by the Mainichi Newspapers shows an airport worker with what looks like a traditional megaphone that has a housing on top for a tablet-like computing device. The translating function is reported to be similar to how a translating app works on a smartphone.
A video here shows airport officials demonstrating simple transportation instructions with the megaphone.