ELSA is a portable device that aims to eliminate miscommunication by instantly connecting users with skilled interpretors.

Inspired by inventor Charles Howerton’s difficulties in communicating with his Spanish-speaking staff, RTT Mobile’s ELSA unit is now helping law enforcement, EMTs, and other first responders communicate clearly, effectively, and efficiently with non-native English speakers.

An acronym for Enabling Language Service Anywhere, ELSA is a handheld device that connects users with live interpretors who can quickly translate, as well as record, 180 different languages and dialects into English. A fairly compact and simple design; the device has just three buttons, built-in microphones, and a speaker. It uses existing wireless networks to connect users with translators in under 30 seconds.

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