Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jon Cupp, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs
A few Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division received their first glimpse of the Vcommunicator (pictured), an iPod-based translation device, during a demonstration of the new capability at Fort Hood, Texas July 21-22. The Vcommunicator is designed to aid troops with the challenges of interacting with local populations in foreign countries by giving Soldiers access to hundreds of different phrases in languages like Arabic along with cultural awareness tips and gestures. The capability itself consists of two main parts including an iPod-type device (left) that connects to a speaker (right) and the system can be attached to a Soldier's arm with straps included with the kit. Other pieces to the kit include a pouch for storing the device and a solar charger.