New markets emerge for translation gadget from MN startup


By Hannah Jones, Minnesota Business

“Spanish, Korean, or anything else — when St. Cloud Hospital nurse Stephanie Hagen meets a family that speaks a foreign language, she grabs an ELSA.

Built by RTT Mobile Interpretation, a small company in Chaska, the $395 device is a simple black box about the size of a deck of cards. Through it, users access translation services that can handle more than 180 languages and dialects. (ELSA stands for “Enabling Language Service Anywhere.”

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