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Thanks for the input, guys, but I'm looking for the term that English-speaking interpreters would use, and that almost certainly has nothing to do with tours or guides. For the moment, I've put "Mobile interpreting equipment". I've also mailed Edith - the only interpreter I'm aware of among the D-E regulars - asking her to contribute if she can.
No, it is equipment that allows the interpreter to speak into a radio headset which in turn is heard by people wearing the corresponding headphones. It's basically a conference interpreting set-up but designed for people walking around, e.g. factory tours etc.
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Explanation: If I understand this correctly - not two-way equipment, but self-contained for use in e.g. museums etc.
Daniel Bird United Kingdom Local time: 23:52 Native speaker of: English
"Your tour guide or interpreter wears a compact body-pack transmitter and headset microphone. Listeners use portable receivers and lightweight headphones to hear every word clearly and easily. " http://www.audiolinks.com/TourGuideSpecials.shtml