It almost sounds to good to be true but the geniuses at Waverly Labs have gone and created the world’s first language-translating earpiece.
Unquestionably a game changer when it comes to travel, the device differs from other translating tools by facilitating translation in real time. This means rather than having to look up key words or phrases, two people should be able to have a conversation as easily as if they both spoke the same language.
Named ‘the Pilot’, the device works in pairs, with both members of the conversation each wearing one of the earpieces. Once inserted, each person’s speech will be translated almost immediately to the other wearer’s language, which they’ll hear in their earpiece.
Working in conjunction with the earpieces is a smartphone app, which aids the process with the earpieces picking up voices, sending them to the app via Bluetooth and then coming out as translated speech in the other’s person’s ear.
While the exact process is not yet known, no doubt more details will be revealed with crowd funding for the gadget, which started on 25 May. It is also still unclear how many languages the Pilot supports, and whether it can translate between all of those languages or just between English and each language.
Available in three colours, black, white and red, the earpieces will cost between $129–179 for pre-orders, and after they are officially launched, they are expected to retail around $250–300. Until then we’ll have to keep making do with Google Translate.
Why not watch the video below and tell us what you think about this game changing concept?
SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her favourite travel ritual is an afternoon Aperol Spritz, preferably enjoyed pool or beach side.