The Babel fish stick

When overseas, trying to speak an unfamiliar language can be a difficult and stressful task, especially if you're on a vacation and there isn't enough time to learn useful phrases before heading out. Logbar has a solution that sounds like science fiction — a portable device that translates and repeats speech in another language within less than a second. Named Ili, Logbar's device won a Good Design Award this year and was so popular it sold out in about an hour when pre-released on Dec. 6.