Those translation apps are often more miss than hit and the patience required to listen to a foreigner chip away at the local lingo is more than many can muster, so a couple of Swiss guys came up with the Iconspeak t-shirt.
“In the furthest and deepest corners of our world we were repeatedly left with no words, either in breathtaking awe due to the sceneries or in empty silence, due to our lacking linguistic talents,” the makers of Iconspeak write on their website.
“Such situations got us thinking about how to bridge language barriers with utmost simplicity, on a global level.”
Enter the shirt.
“A shirt does not need to be recharged and still, you can have it on as long as you please. Furthermore you won’t have to worry that we will send you software updates to your shirt which will make it uncomfortable to wear, slow to wash or any such thing. It’s a shirt.”
Basically you point to an icon like the wi-fi symbol and hope that the local understands that you’re not inviting them to take a geez at your breasts...