A portable device has a button and a speaker. One person speaks into Ili while holding down the button; after the user stops speaking, the speaker relays the message in the chosen language. (Right now, Ili only supports English, Chinese and Japanese, but its parent company, Logbar, has promised more will be available in the future.) Version two will have French, Thai, and Korean
Ili’s novel feature — and the perk that distinguishes it from translation services like Google — is its capacity to work without a wireless connection. It relies on its own database of words and phrases, which means it can conceivably be used in any situation, whether you’re scaling the mountains of Chile or stuck underground on the New York City subway.
Unfortunately, Ili’s representatives at CES were unable to provide a demonstration “due to the noise on the show floor,” according to Reviewed.com’s Tyler Wells Lynch.