Could This Translating Earpiece Change the Way We Travel?
You'll no longer be lost in translation.
One of the most difficult things about traveling to a foreign country is learning to navigate in a different language. Sure, you can look up key words and phrases in a book or use online translating tools, but translating a conversation in real time would be a game changer.
The people over at Waverly Labs are taking on that challenge by creating the Pilot, the world's first language-translating earpiece. Here's the catch—both people in the conversation would need to wear an earpiece. As you talk, the other person hears the speech in his or her chosen language, and vice versa. The system appears to use an app and Bluetooth technology to make the magic happen.
“This wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages,” a video showcasing the product says. “But still clearly understand each other.”
The company has already developed a website revealing images of the product and a video showing the basics of how it works, and is set to launch a crowdfunding campaign on May 25. The first 100 customers can pre-order their Pilot starting from $129. Once it hits the market, the expected retail price will be $250 - $300.
It’s still unclear if the technology will only be able to translate to and from English or from other languages as well. But if you're willing to tote two earpieces around during your trips, this could truly make travel much easier.