Danny Manu, a Ghanaian-British innovator, and entrepreneur has developed earbuds that can auto-translate other languages without an internet connection.
The product, called Click, is said to be ”the world’s first truly wireless earphones,” with live voice translation supporting 40 languages.
The wireless Bluetooth headset was built to automatically detect the language being spoken and provide translation within a sentence after connection with a smartphone. CLIK will also let its users listen to their favorite music in HD sound and answer calls for over 30 hours. Since its invention under the Mymanu brand, the device has won customers’ attention across Europe, U.S, and Asia.
In an interview with Keepthefaith, Manu revealed that he struggled to build his business, Manu built his business through self-financing. He explained the challenges Black startups in the UK face in accessing capital or venture funding.
“Like all the other ethnic minority-run businesses within the UK, I had a hard time getting the funding and financial support from banks and government-funded programs that I needed,” he said.
Manu said he raised about $5,000,000 through crowdfunding sites and used that to start his Mymanu brand.
“If you truly believe in your product and ideas, you shouldn’t have too much trouble convincing other people to believe in them, too,” he noted.